Gary Johnson was Governor of New Mexico from 1995 until 2003. But before running for governor, Mr. Johnson founded a 1,000 employee construction company, that he started as a one man handy man business as a way to pay his way through college.
Not only was Gary Johnson a very successful businessman, but he was a very successful Governor. He cut taxes fourteen times and cut the gasoline tax by six cents per gallon. In his first term, he raised education spending by nearly a third. Later, after seeing that raising education spending wasn't working, he advocated for school vouchers. He vetoed over 200 bills while Governor and used the line-item veto thousands of times. Because of these things, he was sometimes called, "Governor Veto." Only two of those vetoes were overturned.
He believes that the President should submit a truly balanced budget in 2013. He believes there are many necessary things that need to be done to accomplish a balanced budget. He would end stimulus programs, unnecessary farm subsidies and earmarks. He would block grant Medicare and Medicaid funds to the states, he would repeal President Obama's healthcare plan, as well as the failed Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Gov. Johnson believes that Social Security can be fixed by changing the escalator from being based on wage growth to inflation. Gov. Johnson calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve's lending practices to be conducted to provide transparency. He would establish clear Congressional oversight (though it doesn't say on his website exactly what this entails).
Gov. Johnson would like to see the Federal Reserve out of the business of printing money and buying debt through quantitative easing. He would also like to see the elimination of the costly and ineffective military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan in an effort to limit defense spending to actions that truly protect the U.S.
Other ways that Gov. Johnson plans to get to a balanced budget is by stopping spending on the fiscal stimulus, transportation, energy, and all other special interests. He would abolish the IRS and enact the Fair Tax.
Under a Gary Johnson presidency, there would be no auto, banking or state bailouts, no corporate welfare and no cap-and-trade
This former New Mexican Governor would like to see the end of The Department of Education, the legalization, regulation and taxation of Marijuana and a streamlined immigration process. He believes that the PATRIOT Act should be repealed, that Habeas Corpus should be respected and that the TSA should NOT have a monopoly on airport security.
Gov. Gary Johnson's running mate on this 2012 Libertarian Presidential ticket is Superior Court Judge Jim Gray of California. Judge Jim Gray graduated from UCLA and served in the Peace Corps. Judge Gray, an activist, a volunteer in his community and an author, is most well known politically, for his campaign to end The War on Drugs.
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