Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gary Johnson 2012, Libertarians Are Sexy!!

Are you one of the top one, two, or even ten percent income earners in this great land of ours and are sick and tired of President Obama publicly excoriating you for not paying what he considers to be your fair share of income tax?

Or?

Are you one of the forty-seven percent of Americans who pay no income tax, yet daily, pay a boat-load of other taxes, and are labeled by Mitt Romney, as irresponsible, worthless, and a moocher looking for nothing other than a government handout?

Well my friends, have I got a Presidential candidate for you to look into and see if he is for you, and that would be…

Former New Mexico Governor, and 2012 Libertarian Candidate for President, the Honorable Gary Johnson.

Gov. Johnson is a no-nonsense, fiscally sound, yet amusing and personable public servant who built his own construction company from nothing, unlike President Obama, who has a career based on social work, and Gov. Romney who has never really built a company, but instead has spent his entire career carving off and selling out at great personal profit, existing companies.

As Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003, Gov. Johnson became well-known as a tenacious watchdog in all matters fiscal.  He balanced budgets in the Land of Enchantment State several times through weighing cost-benefit analysis rather than singly focused ideology or the typical closed-door promises of self-interested lobbyists.

I am as far as most definitions go, a fairly Liberal guy, however, I have a huge Libertarian streak in me as well, in fact, I have often defined myself politically as a, Liberaltarian.  And here is what I like about some of the policy stances of Gov. Johnson…

*End excessive spending, bloated stimulus programs, unnecessary farm subsidies, and earmarks.

I am not against an interjection of Federal stimuli when needed, but earmarks and antiquated subsidies?  Oh Hell Yes!!

*Enact the Fair Tax to tax expenditures, rather than income, with a 'prebate' to make spending on basic necessities tax free.

I don’t mind a fair and flat, consumer type tax at all, and with his caveat about basic necessities being tax-free, that’s a plus.

*Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, rather than wasting money on an expensive and futile prohibition.

I don’t even smoke dope, but therein lies a HUGE cannabis cash cow into the Federal hookah right there.  Right Duuuude?

*Eliminate needless barriers to free trade and make it easier for would-be legal immigrants to apply for work visas.

In this, Gov. Johnson highlights something similar that Americans don’t really hear about.  We allow bright foreign, college age students to come to this country to get a world-class education, and upon graduation, they want to stay here in the U.S. to start a business and we say, “No, I’m sorry, your Visa has expired.  Take yourself, your first-rate Stanford, M.I.T, or Harvard education, and your great ideas back to where you came from.”  Brain Drain!!

Lastly…

*Government should not impose its values upon marriage. It should allow marriage equality, including gay marriage. It should also protect the rights of religious organizations to follow their beliefs.

Gov. Johnson and the Libertarians have my full support on this one.  Gays should be recognized as legally wed couples if they should want to tie the knot, but the government should NOT dictate that churches recognize it as so.  Legally binding marriages, yes.  Church approved marriage?  Eh, that’s up to the particular churches and denominations.

Ha, and you know what the irony of legalized and fully lawful recognition of Gay Marriage is?  Churches everywhere would be accepting it, because there is money to be made on marriages.

Anyway…While I only touched on a few policy views of Gov. Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party, I like these principles.

There are more than a few of his policies with which I disagree, but eh…He is a nice change of pace, and…I am going to give considerable consideration to him when it comes to my vote on November 6th.

To check out Gov. Johnson’s campaign website and delve further into his stand on many other issues, you can click HERE.

Be involved...Be informed...and most importantly...Be a voter.

Cheers!!
Matt-Man
mattmaniws@ymail.com
@MattMan_IWS

8 comments:

I'm With Stupid said...

This is the first time that I have thought that the libertarian candidate was actually a legitimate alternative to the two main candidates.

Of course, my vote won't really matter much. This state is full of 47 percenters who are voting for Romney no matter how much he hates them.

Jay

I'm With Stupid said...

Jay: Ha!! And once again we are one mind in two bodies, because a lot of 47 percenters who came through the Beer Mine today are certainly going to vote for Willard. Cheers Jayman!!

Matt-Man

Jo said...

Most of what I know about Johnson I learned from you, just now.

Voting has become this uphill struggle for me in the sense that I do it but feel less and less like there's a point beyond trying to keep who I think is the bigger rat off the throne.

Until an individual of small means and great talent can reach office on the merits of their integrity, ideas, and leadership, and actually have the ability to govern from those values rather than dance between the jackals in Congress, it's The Same with a Constant Chance of Holy Crap What the Fuck.

I'm With Stupid said...

Jo: Y'know? You are such a cynic. You don't believe a true champion of the country can arise and lead this country to uber-greatness?.......Okay, maybe you're right. Cheers Jo!!

Matt-Man

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I heard Jessie Ventura talk about this guy so i did some homework. I like the guy....a lot!
I wish to God we could get a smart guy this this in office!!

I used to think Jessie Ventura was nuts and he's starting to make sense to me....have I changed or has Jessie?

jANET said...

Well since I am Canadian, I am sure my thoughts here do not count...however...were I an American citizen, I believe I'd be supporting Obama in this election.

This Libertarian guy does sound good...but not sure I'd go so far as to say he was 'sexy' though...eh!

I'm With Stupid said...

Peg: I like the points I mentioned but Libertarians have some funky views as well, but Johnson? He's incredibly likable. Cheers Peg!!

Matt-Man

I'm With Stupid said...

jANET: Sexy is as sexy does...or something. Cheers Jamie, and thanks for calling in today.

Matt-Man