Tag: Gary Johnson

The Establishment Libertarians?

 
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Possible slogan: “Vote for the cannabis dealer; it’s important.”

​As recently as four years ago, Ron Paul was the face of American libertarianism: the wild-eyed old uncle with uncompromising ideas who got all the kids excited, stayed just within one of the two major  party, and who was on the receiving end of convention shenanigans (seriously, how did I miss the obvious parallels between the elder Paul and Senator Bernie Sanders?). But Paul decided against a third-party run in the previous two cycles and Gary Johnson stepped in to the leadership void, earning a solid million votes as the 2012 Libertarian candidate. Just over the weekend, Johnson won the parties’ nomination again.

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Bill Kristol has been trying to recruit someone to run against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the General election. So far, though, he hasn’t gotten any takers. He’s pinning a lot of hope on Mitt Romney. Of course, in 2012, a lot of people were pinning hope on Mitt Romney, and that was a […]

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I’ve seen it repeated over and over here on Ricochet that, if nominated, Gary Johnson has zero chance of actually being elected President.  This seems to be taken for granted, as if it is some immutable fact of the universe.  And therefore, we need to vote for either a fascist or a serial criminal.  After […]

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First, you side with the Wedding Cake Fascists. Now this?  Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson says he “absolutely” stands by former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, his pick for vice president, comparing Trump’s deportation plan to Kristallnacht, the infamous night of violence toward Jews in 1938. Preview Open

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Gary Johnson Defends Wedding Cake Fascism?

 

In a Facebook post, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson appears to explain why the State should be allowed to force bakers and florists to participate in gay weddings even if such participation goes against their religious beliefs:

[A]nti-discrimination laws do not, and cannot, abridge fundamental First Amendment rights. I know of no one who reasonably disagrees. In the highly unlikely event that a Nazi would demand that a Jewish baker decorate a cake with a Nazi symbol, the courts, common sense, and common decency — not to mention the First Amendment — all combine to protect that baker from having to do so. It’s not an issue, except when distorted for purposes of gotcha politics.

Governors & Spending: The Numbers

 

Uniquely for presidential candidates, governors have a fairly directly comparable fiscal record. Going through the data, I was surprised by a few things and wondered if the Ricochetti could explain some matters. I include the top line table here, but you can find the year by year data at usgovernmentspending.com. The numbers are in nominal dollars and cap out at 2015, the last completed year. If anyone wants to explore the (sadly, very ugly) sheet I made this from, I’d really appreciate any error corrections; PM me and I’ll email it to you.

 Budgets Party First Ran (from 2004) Governor State Spending Growth
1  1990-1993 D->R 2012 Roemer Lousiana 9.33%
2  2004-2007  R 2008 Romney Mass. 8.22%
3  2006-2010  R 2012 Huntsman Utah 8.17%
4 2000-2007  R 2016 Bush Florida 7.97%
5  1995-2003  R 2012 Johnson New Mexico 7.29%
6  1998-2002  R 2008 Gilmore Virginia 7.26%
7  2003-2011  D 2008 Richardson New Mexico 7.26%
8  1987-2001  R 2008 Thompson Wisconsin 7.21%
9  1992-2003  D 2004 Dean Vermont 6.54%
10  1997-2007  R 2008 Huckabee Arkansas 6.41%
11  1999-2007  D 2008 Vilsack Iowa 5.66%
12  2001-2016  R 2012 Perry Texas 5.65%
13  1995-2006  R 2016 Pataki New York 5.11%
14  1995-2001  R 2004 Bush Texas 4.79%
15  2003-2011  R 2012 Pawlenty Minnesota 4.49%
16  2007-2015  D 2016 O’Malley Maryland 2.08%
17  2011-?  R 2016 Kasich Ohio 0.18%
18  2010-2018  R 2016 Christie New Jersey 0.01%
19  2011-?  R 2016 Walker Wisconsin -0.49%
20  2008-2016  R 2016 Jindal Louisiana -0.64%
21  2011-2015  I->D 2016 Chafee Rhode Island -1.38%

Firstly, I was wrong about Rick Perry. When he ran last year, I criticized him for running on a two-note platform of being a wall-builder and a budget-cutter. Don’t get me wrong: I like both walls and budget cuts, but Perry made no apologies for being the most important wall opponent (Gary Johnson made a big deal about the border governors knowing about this sort of thing, awkwardly, since no other border state governor, including his own state, shared his views) and his spending before the 2012 primary was terrible.

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Here’s what’s come of the libertarian brand. The brothers Charles & David Koch are done with politics. They’ve never been much good at it; & they’ve thrown money at it like you wouldn’t believe; & if you listen to Mr. Robinson’s interview, you’ll see one of them in his full, American, honest ignorance of democratic politics. […]

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I voted as a resident of South Dakota in 2012. Since my state’s outcome was very predictable, I was comfortable voting for Gary Johnson to show symbolic support for someone who I viewed as more principled than Mr. Romney (though I thought that Mr. Romney would make a very fine President). And I knew I […]

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Vote Libertarian!

 

Here’s a thought:  If Trump is nominated, I know a lot of you plan to just stay home.

Personally, I hope Ted Cruz pulls it off or Trump gets ousted at a contested convention.   But if that doesn’t happen …

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An Appeal to Classical Liberals It is February 29th, and it seems as though God has had some mercy on us, and created an extra day for us to live in a world where Donald Trump isn’t the presumptive republican nominee.  I suggest you open your windows and enjoy the natural light, before we start […]

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So, here’s what’s been going on with the leading candidates from both parties (plus one wannabe Napoleon). Donald Trump: I don’t like the Keystone XL pipeline because I don’t want America to be buying oil from those shifty Canadians. Bernie Sanders: People who refuse to accept the dogma of anthropogenic Global Warming (Climate Change) must […]

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