Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Gary Johnson was the Governor of New Mexico from 1995 until 2003, and he describes himself as a libertarian leaning Republican. He sounds like he is running for President in 2012. I had never really focused on the guy before, but just heard a radio interview of him. He is really libertarian. He talks about cutting entitlements straight out, saying Social Security and Medicare were mistakes. He say he believes in a strong defense, but wants to bring the troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. And he favors gay marriage, ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and decriminalization of drug use.
I agree with some of these positions, while I have some disagreements with others. I don't believe he has much chance of winning the Republican nomination, not to mention the Presidency with views like these. He sounds like another Ron Paul, who he supported, but one who was not merely a Congressman, but a Governor.
Its good that someone, besides Ron Paul, is taking these positions. The public needs to hear the reasons why Social Security and medicare were bad ideas the day they were passed. I particularly like his focus on the fact that the government is now spending 43 cents on the dollar with borrowed money. But I doubt he is the person to beat Barack Obama in 2012.