Friday, September 7, 2012
Thoughts on Gary Johnson
Above link is to a 2010 interview with Governor Johnson I did for the Republican Liberty Caucus. He has strong small government credentials; he vetoed more bills than all other governors combined; he got good ratings from CATO despite having to negotiate a Democratic-dominated state; he has more executive experience than Obama or McCain had when they were nominated and as much as Romney; also, his executive experience evidences a strong commitment to putting the principles of reduced government and freedom ahead of politics. In contrast, Romney introduced the same kind of health care plan that Obama introduced; Romney has never been consistent in any of his principles; Romney has been a major beneficiary of the Fed-funded financial industry that is the underlying force behind big government (of which the bailout is the most visible but not the only symptom). There is a comparison between Romney and Johnson: Romney has spent his life benefiting from and implementing big government; Johnson started a real business from scratch and has fought big government.
Mr. Johnson is more honest, as capable, as moderate, and more committed philosophically to the ideas of freedom than any candidate other than Ron Paul. He succeeded at a real business, unlike Romney’s; Romney succeeded at a crony-capitalist one funded with and dependent on printed government money. Johnson is a real businessman. Romney is a crony capitalist.