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Norman Bernstein
08-05-2016, 01:56 PM
It looks like he's polling near 10%, although it isn't clear whether he's drawing more from potential HRC voters, to Trump voters.

I went to his campaign website... and it was devoid of ANY specific proposals... all I saw were platitudes. So I went to his Wiki to see just what he stands for. He is socially conservative, and I certainly cannot disagree on many of those positions.

It's a different story, regarding economic policy, however:


Johnson has advocated for the FairTax (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FairTax), a proposal which would abolish all federal income, corporate and capital gains taxes, and replace them with a 23% tax on consumption of all non-essential goods, while providing a regressive (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regressive_tax)rebate (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebate_(marketing)) to households according to income level.


Johnson has said that he supports balancing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_budget) the federal budget (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_budget) immediately.[119] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johnson#cite_note-From_Obscurity_to_Prominence-119) He has stated he supports "slashing government spending", including Medicare (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_(United_States)), Medicaid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicaid), andSocial Security (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_(United_States)),[114] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johnson#cite_note-Former_NM_gov_is_little_known-114) which would involve cutting Medicare and Medicaid by 43 percent and turning them into block grant (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_grant) programs, with control of spending in the hands of the states to create, in his words, "fifty laboratories of innovation."


In his campaign for the Libertarian Party nomination, he stated he opposed foreign wars and pledged to cut the military budget by 43 percent in his first term as president.[112] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johnson#cite_note-Doherty-112) He would cut the military's overseas bases, uniformed and civilian personnel, research and development, intelligence, and nuclear weapons (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapon) programs.[ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johnson#cite_note-121)

Well, if you like those policies, then Johnson is your guy.

Gerarddm
08-05-2016, 05:41 PM
He isn't my guy, but at the least he has a coherent world view, unlike Drumpf.

BrianW
08-05-2016, 07:20 PM
Considering he can't implement any of those changes without the support of Congress, they are merely his wishlist. Important to know for sure, but more as an indicator into his political bent than what might actually happen if elected.

jack grebe
08-05-2016, 08:40 PM
I would like to see both him and Jill Stein get to 15% so as to get an invitation to the debates.

jack grebe
08-05-2016, 08:44 PM
Considering he can't implement any of those changes without the support of Congress, they are merely his wishlist. Important to know for sure, but more as an indicator into his political bent than what might actually happen if elected.

Same with HRC. Lefties are tripping all over themselves patting each other's back
because HRC has a point lead, but without both House and Senate, it don't mean sh!t.

Sky Blue
08-05-2016, 09:00 PM
The 'Fair Tax' is a good plan.

I like the non-interventionism and starving the welfare state. Getting the government out of the race and marriage business. Legalization. Civil liberties. There's a lot to like there for those on the right that are tired of the Uni-Party.

SMARTINSEN
08-05-2016, 09:01 PM
The 'Fair Tax' is a good plan.

No it is not, and no, Gary Johnson is neither a good nor viable alternative.



The only reason they support him is for the legalization of pot. Libertarians are shallow, selfish and stupid.