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Gary Johnson on FOX Business’s Neil Cavuto Show

In 2010 elections,Deficit,Economy,Gary Johnson,GOP,Inflation,Interviews,Tea Party on May 11, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson joins Neil Cavuto on the FOX Business Channel to discuss such issues as the 2010 elections, the economy, deficits, inflation, the state of the GOP, and the Tea Party movement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrp6nAPuIb8

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Gary Johnson on FOX News’s Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano

In 2010 elections,Economy,Federal Reserve,Gary Johnson,GOP,Government spending,Inflation,Interviews,Our America,Ron Paul on May 11, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson joins Judge Andrew Napolitano on FOX News’s Freedom Watch to discuss such issues as the economy, government spending, Ron Paul, the state of the GOP, the Federal Reserve, inflation, the 2010 elections, and his Our America Initiative.

http://tinyurl.com/2ermt8a

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Kamal Jain, candidate for MA Auditor

In 2010 elections,Economy,GOP,Government spending,Important Voices,Interviews on May 10, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #33 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Kamal Jain.  Kamal Jain is a Massachusetts native who’s been paying taxes since he was 14 years old. He has performed volunteer disaster relief, community activism, and search and rescue work, worked as an emergency medical technician and security guard. Most of his career, however, has been working in high-tech in a variety of roles, predominantly for start-up companies in technology operations and customer service management roles. As a businessman, he has worked extensively with budgets and the challenges they present.  Kamal is presently running as a Republican for Auditor of the State of Massachusetts.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Kamal Jain: I’ve run for office in the past to give voters a choice, and to educate them on the issues, but this is the first time I’ve been able to run to win.  After speaking out about out-of-control government growth in terms of size, spending and authority for nearly all of my adult life, and having been a political activist for 14 years, it became clear that running for office was the best way for me to help bring about the changes we need in Massachusetts and across the nation.

Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to Massachusans?

Kamal Jain: The biggest issues facing Massachusetts residents are a lack of private sector jobs, especially in industries that are not heavily subsidized by government.  Massachusetts is a very unfriendly state to businesses, with constantly changing rules around taxation and regulations, and a government with a very greedy hand.  To make matters worse, most voters are unaware of just how truly out of control state government spending and debt are, which are what drive the high cost of doing business and living in Massachusetts.

Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Kamal Jain: I am the only candidate for State Auditor who has a plan and a vision for Total Transparency.  I am the only candidate who will give the people the ability to see for themselves the details of all state financial transactions and contract activity.  Every dollar and every dime will be online for all to see — for free.  I am also the only candidate for State Auditor who has pledged to refuse to take a government pension and serve no more than two terms in office.  In addition, I have pledged to give myself a 10% pay cut on my first day in office.  These are things that I bring from the private sector, things that businesses must do in tough times.  I bring over 21 years of business and technology expertise to the race, and am the only candidate who has the proven leadership and management skills necessary to bring Total Transparency to the people of Massachusetts.

Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Kamal Jain: Growing up in Framingham, Massachusetts, I heard stories from my parents about their struggle for independence from British rule in India.  As I went to school and got involved in Scouts, I learned about our American ancestors’ fight for independence as well, and I fell in love with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.  I carry a pocket Constitution with me every day, and I often give them out as gifts.  There is great wisdom in these documents, which has been passed down by our forefathers.  America truly is a great nation based on noble ideas, which has been and continues to be a gift to the world.  Sadly, we have had too many politicians who neither understand nor respect that, and are busy undermining all the things which made America great.  I will never stop fighting to preserve and protect America.

Josiah Schmidt: What does the job of state auditor entail?

Kamal Jain: Let’s start with what it does not entail.  The State Auditor’s office is not responsible for financial audits — those are handled by the State Comptroller’s office.  The State Auditor’s office is responsible for government auditing, which generally means auditing agencies and vendors to seek out waste, fraud and abuse; look for proper controls; and check compliance with laws, regulations and policies.  The State Auditor also has ruling power over privatization and outsourcing of functions if a complaint or request for review is filed.  Lastly, the State Auditor’s office works with cities and towns to be their advocate when it comes to dealing with unfunded or underfunded state mandates.  The State Auditor is an executive role which is responsible providing leadership and vision to a department of over 300 employees, most of whom are professional, credentialed auditors, who already know how to do their jobs.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as Massachusetts Auditor?

Kamal Jain: The first thing I will do is bring in volunteer experts from a variety of backgrounds to help design a transparency website for the people.  The first version of such a website would be online within 6 months of me taking office, and in addition to my own extensive technology background, I already have a team of world-class experts lined up to help make this happen on a volunteer basis.  The goal of the website is to give the people the tools and information they need to understand where their hard-earned money goes, and how their government is spending it.  In parallel, I would commission an all-volunteer group made up primarily of private sector experts and other citizens who would become the Massachusetts equivalent of the Grace Commission.  The Grace Commission was chartered in the early 1980s by President Reagan and led by J. Peter Grace, the namesake of the group.  Reagan knew it would take a business leader to identify waste in the Federal government, and I know we need the same thing here in Massachusetts.

Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to see cut?

Kamal Jain: I would like to see waste, fraud and abuse cut first and foremost.  But that exists in varying measures across ALL government departments, agencies and functions.  The government itself, even through the State Auditor’s office, is not equipped with the right incentives to truly identify all the waste, fraud and abuse.  We must bring the people in to scrutinize their government.

Josiah Schmidt: Which area of the Massachusetts state government is in the most dire need of transparency and accountability?

Kamal Jain: The need for transparency and accountability runs across the entire state government.  It would be inappropriate to single out specific parts of a government that is fundamentally opaque and unaccountable to anyone.

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Kamal Jain: Please support my campaign by telling people about it, donating and encouraging others to do the same.  If they are in Massachusetts, please get involved by volunteering for the campaign.  Help us bring Total Transparency to Beacon Hill.

Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Kamal Jain: Go to MassTransparency.com to find out everything you need to know about the campaign and how to help us bring about Total Transparency.  No state does this today to the level it is needed and to the level that is possible.  My goal is to make Massachusetts #1 in government transparency and accountability.  What we do here will be a model that can be used in other states.

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Pia Varma, candidate for US Congress, PA-1

In 2010 elections,Economy,Education,Entitlements,Foreign policy,Free trade,GOP,Government spending,Health care,Important Voices,Interviews,Tort reform on May 3, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #32 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Pia Varma.  Pia is a firm defender of free market capitalism, in her words, “the economic system which best allows man to create, trade and prosper.” She is twenty-seven years old. Her grandfathers were both freedom fighters in the Indian Independence movement, so being a firebrand is in her genes. Her parents grew up in England and came to the United States in the early 80’s, at a time when entrenched socialism had made living and thriving in the UK virtually impossible.  Pia is now running for US Congress in Pennsylvania’s first district.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Pia Varma: Honestly, it was a nagging feeling I have had for a long time. I think I always instinctively knew I should be involved in politics but I ignored that feeling because I wanted to make a lot of money first. My passion would have to come second. At some point I decided that the “when, then” way of thinking just wasn’t working. And even though there isn’t a lot of money in politics, I feel very wealthy because I love what I am doing.

Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to Pennsylvanians?

Pia Varma: The same issues that are important to every state in the country and every person in the country. How are you going to put food on the table? How are you going to thrive? How are you going to send your children to a good school? How are you going to pay for your retirement? I think we are at a fork in the road. And we have to decide whether or not we want to continue down the path of excessive spending and excessive engineering of society. At some point, the government decided it had a right to be in every industry in this country: from education, healthcare, and retirement, to the financial sector and real estate. As a result, we are all going broke, which is creating more problems for the government to solve. 

Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Pia Varma: My ideas aren’t new. They are the same ideas on which this country was built. What I offer is the drive and relentlessness to implement them.

Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Pia Varma: I think it just hit me. I was reading something by a conservative author when I was in college and it just made sense!  Once I realized there were answers and truth, I became voracious for more.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as a US Congresswoman?

Pia Varma: Get together with the other liberty-mided legislators and figure out how we can turn this country around as quickly as possible. There are many people in government who don’t want that and that is our biggest obstacle.

Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?

Pia Varma: The biggest areas of spending are in the entitlement programs: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. We have to put these programs on a path to privatization.

Josiah Schmidt: What will you do on the issue of health care?

Pia Varma: Repeal! Get the government out of the business of health. In a free market economy, price goes down and quality goes up. Unfortunately, we have never had a perfectly free market system. We need to ask ourselves, why is healthcare so expensive? Tort reform is vital.

Josiah Schmidt: How would you like to see the War on Terror carried out more effectively?

Pia Varma: I think that there has to be major spending cuts in Homeland Security. We have hundreds of bureaucratic agencies and it’s just not efficient. Our national defense has to be smarter and leaner. Also, the best foreign policy is one that centers around free trade.

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Pia Varma: This is a very unique time in our country and we all have to make a decision. Are we going to become complacent or are we going to take action? I am so excited to see how many Americans are taking action, and this is only going to grow, but we need to send a clear and unified message to Washington.

Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Pia Varma: You can check out my website www.votepia.com, and there is a donate button on the page.

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Kristofer Lorelli, publisher of RightOSphere.com

In 2010 elections,Barack Obama,Drug reform,Economy,Environment,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Judiciary,Taxes,Tea Party,Term Limits on April 26, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #31 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Kristofer Lorelli.  Kristofer is an American former political organizer and fundraiser, residing in suburban Toronto, Ontario. He is a self-described ‘Goldwater Conservative’.  Kristofer is the publisher and business affairs manager of the conservative news and opinion website, RightOSphere.com.  In that capacity, Kristofer has been a courageous and leading voice persuading conservatives to call for an end to the failed drug prohibition.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the best part of being the co-Publisher of Rightosphere?

Kristofer Lorelli: It allows me to interact with and learn from the grassroots, which is significantly more desirable than speaking to political insiders and members of the media.  I view it as a privilege that the Rightosphere platform allows me to communicate with interesting people from across the United States and the world, as they provide me with far superior insight to current affairs compared to what I absorb from mainstream periodicals and the talking heads on cable news. 

On a selfish note, it has allowed me to make better use of my 25+ hours of weekly reading and an opportunity to work closely with my good friend Kavon W. Nikrad and our Editorial staff, who’s coattails I plan on riding for many, many years.

I am very satisfied that finally we all have a fully dedicated networking site for conservatives!

Josiah Schmidt: How did you become a conservative, and what does conservatism mean to you?

Kristofer Lorelli: I was influenced the most by my 94 year old Grandfather, who for as long as I can remember has displayed color photographs of Ronald Reagan at his home in Hackettstown, New Jersey.  I was very lucky that he retired early and spent many summers with us, protecting me from my liberal friends, liberal teachers and the liberal media. 

Most conservatives of my age group (I’m about to turn 33) were heavily influenced by the reform movement in the early 1990’s.  The early success of the Contract with America and the wave of Governors elected to office (Engler, Thompson, Johnson, etc.) created a new generation of conservatives, which sustained the GOP majority for over a decade, until our leadership lost its way.

I am very interested in learning about the next generation, which is one of the reasons why I have your web site and Facebook page bookmarked.  I am fascinated and encouraged with how young libertarian-leaning Republicans are engaged in the political process and leading the path to change in our party and political system.        

As for what conservatism means to me?  I’ll let a former conservative leader http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GITwqqE72N8 and a future http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lW6Y4tBXs conservative leader speak on my behalf.
 
Josiah Schmidt: Do you think there is a place in the GOP for small-l libertarians?

Kristofer Lorelli: I most certainly do.  I know the term “conservative fusion” is very much overused, but it is the most accurate way to describe the modern conservative movement in America.  When libertarians and social conservatives (and everyone in-between) compromise and unite, the American conservative movement is unstoppable. Unfortunately for the last several years, one wing believed it could go it alone without the other.  I believe this attitude has changed.  

I describe myself as a minarchist, which is about as close as one came come to being a small-l libertarian, while maintaining many modern conservative foreign and economic policy positions, and I can tell you that not unlike the feelings that have been expressed by many of your members, it has been a long and lonely last 10 years in the political wilderness.  Finally, we have been welcomed back (or forced ourselves back) inside the jalopy.  

Josiah Schmidt: What is the significance of the burgeoning Tea Party movement, in your view?

Kristofer Lorelli: The Tea Party movement is having little effect on the progressive movement and its leaders, who truly view the Tea Party movement as a fad.  They make this assumption at their own peril. 

The real value of the Tea Party movement, is that it is positively influencing the Republican agenda and its leaders.  To the core, most Republican politicians are not Tea Partiers themselves (yet), but most have been awoken to the power of this grassroots operation.      

I believe we have yet to experience the full impact of the movement. 

Josiah Schmidt: Do you think the tide is finally turning against the Drug Prohibition within the Republican Party?

Kristofer Lorelli: I do in the case of soft drugs.  Our overall approach to the drug war policy of the last 40 years and the failure of our governments and non-profits to focus on prevention.  I recognize that generation ‘Y’ and generation ‘X’ have a significantly different opinion on this matter than their parents’ and grandparents ‘ generation, but I believe the movement from prohibition we are seeing in polling on this issue is coming from young parents.   

President Reagan said; “All great change in America begins at the dinner table”, which is true in this case.  Parents do not want their children to face an uncertain future, because they were convicted of smoking pot or experimenting with ecstasy at a young age.  I do not believe the majority of Republicans are ready to adopt the legalization policies found in The Netherlands, but they are ready to look at alternative solutions to the existing possession laws and how our government allocates resources to the drug consumption and trafficking issues.   

This is one example of where libertarians and social conservatives need to seek compromise and meet in the middle of the issue.  

Josiah Schmidt: What is the most important lesson conservatives ought to take away from George W. Bush’s presidency?

Kristofer Lorelli: It is difficult for me to be critical of President G.W. Bush’s presidency, as he served two full terms, which is usually the high level gauge for a President’s political success.  All I will say is that the American people are desperate for a President that will not walk lock-step with Congress.  President Bush failed to hold the Republican Congress accountable on corruption and spending, which resulted in the Republican defeats of 2006 and 2008, a mistake which is being repeated by President Obama and his Democratic controlled upper and lower Houses. 

I supported President Bush’s decision to increase funding of our military, reforming our immigration laws, cutting taxes and appointing Judges that strictly interpreted our constitution.       

Josiah Schmidt: What do you think will be the biggest issue in the 2012 presidential election?

Kristofer Lorelli: Domestically, I expect unemployment to remain above 6% and underemployment to remain above 10%.  A simple and pragmatic (and easily repeatable) platform that focuses on growing employment through the private sector is what will probably resonate most effectively with voters in 2012. 

In addition, I believe a majority of voters will be frustrated by the size of our federal government and many of the intrusive laws that the liberal administration and Congress are planning on passing in 2010.

Internationally, I believe Iraq could possibly reemerge as a critical issue.  The most under-reported story so far in 2010 are the set-backs that are being experienced in Iraq.  The Bush plan (adopted by Obama) may still yet succeed, but if it does not, similar to the financial meltdown of late 2008, Iraq could be the unexpected issue that turns the tide in the next campaign for President.  Although I believe we have a strategic and moral obligation to stabilize Iraq, I am not sure if the American public will be in support of a troop build-up in 2011/2012, so the prospective candidates better be prepared with well rehearsed talking points and a clear strategy.

Josiah Schmidt: Assuming Governor Gary Johnson is running for President in 2012, what advice would you give him if you could?

Kristofer Lorelli: He should not allow the establishment media to portray him as the ‘pro-drug’ candidate.  Although I believe it can be a winning issue in 2012, it is not one that has been embraced by a Republican leader who had or has White House aspirations (although I know of one that quietly supports Governor Johnson’s platform).  As I believe the Governor will be breaking ground on this policy position, he cannot allow it to be a dominant theme.

It is important that his campaign (and his supporters in the Rightosphere) educate voters on his many successes as Governor of New Mexico.  Governor Johnson’s first term in office was probably the most successful results-oriented term of any United States Governor in the last 25 years.  Many of the common-sense budgetary and legislative initiatives enacted by Governor Johnson are the same solutions that are currently viewed by American voters (citing 2010 polls) as most favored to help our country overcome the existing economic, corruption and bureaucratic challenges.   

The words and phrases that should be plastered on his campaign manager’s wall, are; ‘New Hampshire’, ‘Osama bin Laden’, ‘employment’, ‘clean water’, ‘independent female voters’, ‘Romneycare’, ‘nanny state’, ‘balanced budget’, ‘term limits’, ‘over-taxation’ and ‘small business owners’. 

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say our readers?
 
Kristofer Lorelli: I would like to thank you for our friendship and for the efforts of your members to change our political system and for being an example on how conservatives must communicate, network and mobilize in the 21st century. 

I would like to encourage each one of them to remain politically active, but to be wary of any politician that has a desire to remain in Washington for longer then two terms.  The political proletariat is infected by swine and our only hope of changing the system is through a grassroots intervention in November of 2010 and November of 2012.  True conservatives do not view the establishment as an abode to life, but instead as an institution to constantly question.  Your members have chosen wisely, as Governor Johnson is one of our conservative leaders that is looking to vicissitate the establishment, not exist within in.    

The Republican hierarchy is losing it’s stranglehold on the party to the grassroots, which is led by libertarians, conservative independents and right of center reformers who are not connected to the establishment. Although it is a diverse group, this conservative reformers coalition must not let up until it has won this battle.  Even though lobbyists, career pols and the power-addicted insiders are trying to discourage these efforts, discredit its leaders and infiltrate its trickle up infrastructure, we must recognized that this is a historic opportunity to regain control over the conservative movement and the Republican party.

Fight on within the movement and the party, my brothers and sisters.

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Jake Towne, candidate for US Congress, Pennsylvania-15

In 2010 elections,Economy,Education,Foreign policy,Government spending,Health care,Immigration,Important Voices,Interviews on April 15, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #28 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Jake Towne.  Jake has traveled the world extensively, and has developed an intense love for individual liberty.  His experiences have led him to declare his candidacy for US Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th district.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Jake Towne: Well, I must say I would not have entered politics without my perspective being widened greatly by my time spent overseas in China which drastically altered my view of American foreign policy.  After studying economics, the realization that the country is headed for a currency crisis created by the federal government compelled me to return home and campaign peacefully against the Republocrat career politicians that are ruining our great country. 
More info is here: http://towneforcongress.com/jakes-bio/motivation
 
Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to Pennsylvanians?

Jake Towne: Many of those I speak with are most concerned about the endless reckless spending, corporatism and bailouts by Congress, the lack of jobs, and a severe lack of accountability by those in power who should instead be public servants.
My solutions are outlined here:
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/bailouts-and-corporatism
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/jobs
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/our-open-office-plank

Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Jake Towne: Perhaps the most important idea I offer is a novel-yet-simple idea called “Our Open Office.”  I offer a chance for each individual to have a public voice in the government, to debate, comment, and criticize on every House floor bill.  They can submit new bills, summon me to an “On-Demand” town hall, and read my monthly reports where I will be accountable to them and inform them not only HOW I voted but more importantly WHY I voted.
This idea is described here:
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/our-open-office-plank
Besides this, I am offering what is most sorely needed in Congress – an independent voice that is not subject to the whims and commands of the Republocrat parties and their special interests.  I am a true independent with no party, and do not accept corporate PAC or lobbyist money.

Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Jake Towne: I was fairly apathetic towards politics until I discovered what life is like WITHOUT liberty.  Living in communist China where the liberty to speak and think freely, freedom of the press, the right to bear arms are all infringed or nonexistent really places what the special situation we have here in America in stark contrast.  Similar to the desperation of an ill person for their health, and the complacency to take one’s health for granted when healthy, often our liberties are taken for granted when instead they need to be cherished and fought for.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as a US Congressman?

Jake Towne: I suppose it would be a tie between repealing the $1 trillion healthcare tax, removing all funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and submitting a bill to repeal the burdensome and unnecessary federal income tax.

http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/health-care
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/afghanistan-war
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/iraq-war
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/income-tax

Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?

Jake Towne: The top area to cut is military expenditures, without a doubt.  We spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined while neglecting our own borders.  This has the highest impact to relieving a lot of the economic turmoil America now faces.  Military cuts would precede the slashing of unnecessary and redundant federal departments, like the $100 billion Department of Education, especially as we already have 50 state departments.

http://towneforcongress.com/economy/guns-or-health-care-1

Josiah Schmidt: What will you do on the issue of health care?

Jake Towne: The solutions to the healthcare situation are to remove state mandates that dictate 15-40% of premiums in Pennsylvania, destroy insurance portability barriers over state lines, pursue tort reform on the state level, enact federal tax relief legislation, remove state restrictions on licensing and seats in the medical school system, and provide a sound currency to stop price inflation.  Congress, via the HMO Act of 1973 and other acts, has created a government-sponsored insurance cartel that does not serve consumers best. 

Note that all these solutions call for LESS government intervention, not more.  Our health care is simply too important to be left to bureaucrats in Washington, plus it is unconstitutional.  Beyond establishing a framework of laws and acts for a competitive free market, running health care is simply not a duty of the federal government, and is best left to individuals and privatized insurance. While the federal government should do it’s best to deliver the promised benefits from the current form of socialized medicine, Medicare, expanding this system is out of the question.

http://towneforcongress.com/economy/health-care-solutions
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/health-care
 
Josiah Schmidt: How would you like to see the War on Terror carried out more effectively?

Jake Towne: I would like to see the War on Terror brought to an end.  Addressing the threat of suicide terrorism by the use of occupational, conventional armies has been completely ineffective and extremely costly.  To defeat suicide terrorists one must capture the current generation and prevent the next generation from being created from collateral damage and blowback.  Our armies in Iraq and Afghanistan are creating more future terrorists and aggression against our country.  I favor the use of constitutional letters of marque and reprisal to address the threat by small bands by granting special warrants and bounties for marked terrorists to be brought to justice.  This would be extremely cost-effective – or we can choose to let the “War on Terror” grind on for another 9 years — what we are doing is not working.

http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/afghanistan-war
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/iraq-war
 
Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Jake Towne: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”  The time to fight for freedom is now as more and more Americans are waking up to the sad truth that the federal government is out of control.

A tyrannical state is quickly developing in America, one of the few rare places in the history of the planet where “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was not an unattainable dream but instead a mission statement.  Support liberty-minded candidates or run for office yourself – it is the only way the “stagnant quo” will ever change.

Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Please visit http://towneforcongress.com

My campaign is also on YouTube and Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jake-Towne/229199005592?ref=ts
http://www.youtube.com/user/TowneForCongress

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Gov. Gary Johnson and Other Popular Super-Cool Guys at SRLC

In 2010 elections,Barack Obama,Deficit,Economy,Entitlements,Gary Johnson,GOP,Government spending,Health care,Interviews,Our America,Taxes on April 9, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gov. Gary Johnson speaks with Robert Stacy McCain in New Orleans, during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, about the 2010 elections, the state of the GOP, the economy, deficits, government spending, taxes, entitlements, health care, and Gary’s Our America Initiative PAC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8I3RETPLHs

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Eric Wargotz, candidate for US Senate, Maryland

In 2010 elections,Economy,Education,Federal Reserve,Foreign policy,Government spending,Health care,Important Voices,Interviews on April 1, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #24 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Eric Wargotz (left) with Gary Johnson (right)

Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Eric Wargotz.  Eric is a former Governor’s Appointee to the Board of Physician Quality Assurance, and is a physician-businessman managing several medical businesses. He served as a Laboratory Medical Director for 17 years responsible for administering and managing a busy hospital department including operating and capital budgets, management team and employees totaling over 100 at times, and scrutinizing department and hospital activities to ensure proper utilization of resources. He currently serves as an independent consultant and contractor in that field. He is former President of the Queen Anne’s County Medical Society (QACMS 2000 – 2004) and is Clinical Professor of Pathology at the George Washington University Medical Center.  Eric Wargotz received his M.D. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and is a graduate of Rutgers University. He completed his post graduate medical training, including Chief Residency, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of Washington D.C. and the George Washington University Medical Center where he received the Frank N. Miller, M.D. Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching. Following completion of a Fellowship in the Department of Gynecological and Breast Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) he joined their staff. They awarded him the Director’s Letter of Commendation upon his departure from the AFIP. He has published over two dozen scholarly articles in the medical scientific literature and is a recognized authority on diseases of the breast and gynecological disorders. He was rated as one of “Americas Top Physicians, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006″ by the Consumer’s Research Council, Washington D.C.  Eric is now running for US Senate in Maryland.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Eric Wargotz: I was raised to believe that if you do not like what you see then work to change it.  As a physician and county commissioner, a citizen-legislator, I seek first to do no harm (taken from the Hippocratic Oath.)

Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to Marylanders?

Eric Wargotz: Concerns regarding the new health-care law, the economy (jobs, taxes, fiscal responsibility), national security, and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Eric Wargotz: I am the only elected official in the race other than the incumbent Senator in the majority party. As a physician and elected official on the local level I will bring different perspectives to Washington. We have a state-wide campaign in place and are ahead in fund-raising. We are best positioned to get the job done.

Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Eric Wargotz: As a firm believer in less government and more individual responsibility I believe as Ronald Reagan did that “Government is not the answer.” In my life and as an elected official on the local level, I practice what I preach.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as a US Senator?

Eric Wargotz: Repeal, Revise, and Rejoice (the new 3 R’s) with a brand new health care solution which will be in contrast to the one which has passed into law recently.

Josiah Schmidt: How should health care be reformed?

Eric Wargotz: Interstate portability and sale of insurance across state lines, removal of antitrust protection for insurance companies, and tax-free Health (Medical) Savings Accounts (HSA/MSA) are measures which would reduce health care costs.  We need meaningful tort reform and related judicial reform, and adequate solutions to solving the health care provider manpower crisis. (also see: http://wargotzforussenate.org/press/dr.-wargotz-outlines-keys-to-health-care-reform.aspx )

Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?

Eric Wargotz: The U.S. Department of Education has a budget of $68.6 billion (according to the Dept. of Education website).  Each state has their own mandate to provide for public education. There is little need if any for a “National” Department of Ed.

Josiah Schmidt: What can be done to increase transparency and accountability in government?

Eric Wargotz: The Amendment proposed by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) was reasonable and would have required that the legislative language and a final, complete cost analysis of the a bill be made publicly available on the Senate Finance Committee’s website at least 72 hours prior to any Committee vote. This proposal was defeated through maneuvering of my opponent (also see: http://wargotzforussenate.org/press/wargotz-decries-mikulski-move-to-block-transparency-in-government.aspx )  Auditing the Federal Reserve is an additional measure which makes sense as a transparency measure — “Sound Banks, Sound Money” as Gov. Johnson says.

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Eric Wargotz: We are at a historic crossroad in the future of our nation.  Fiscal responsibility must be restored, free-market forces must prevail. Big government is not the solution. I believe in a better America.  Together, let’s make America healthy and strong.

Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Eric Wargotz: Your support is greatly appreciated.  Remember, my US Senate race is not just about Maryland, but also about securing the future of our nation . Please visit, support, and contribute at http://www.wargotzforussenate.org

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Rand Paul moneybomb today!

In 2010 elections on March 23, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Please consider donating to Rand Paul’s moneybomb for his US Senate campaign in Kentucky today!

http://www.RandPaul2010.com

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Gary Johnson: Continue the Fight for Liberty

In 2010 elections,Deficit,Economy,Energy,Environment,Gary Johnson,Government spending,Health care,Our America on March 23, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

From Gary Johnson’s blog on OurAmericaInitiative.com today:

It is tempting to lose heart after seeing Washington rack up a trillion dollars more in debt this weekend, while claiming that its new health care bill will actually save America money in the long run. It is especially discouraging to see Congress using back-room deals and arm-twisting to pass a bill that a majority of Americans didn’t even want. This is not how our government should work.

But don’t lose heart or feel like the fight is over. In truth, it has only just begun. Continue to put pressure on your elected representatives and let them know how you feel about this legislation. Continue to share a message and vision of health care freedom with the people you know. Continue to support candidates that you believe will respect the will of the American people, work for the general welfare instead of special interests, and follow the dictates of the Constitution. Let us not forget that there is a very important election this year and we all need to participate at let our voices be heard.

There are many alternative solutions to fix America’s problems, especially with its broken health care industry, and it’s never too late to draw attention to these solutions and pressure Congress to enact them. To give just one example: health insurance companies seem to have so much power over their customers because if the customers don’t like the prices or quality of their coverage, they are usually not free to buy competing health insurance from outside their state.

By simply requiring states to end their blockade of health insurance coverage across state lines- a Constitutional solution, provided for in the Commerce Clause of Article I- we would free Americans to buy a plan that works for them, instead of just one that is compliant with their state’s endless mandates and regulations. Insurance companies could no longer hide behind state lines from competition. If an insurer charged too much or had a reputation for bullying customers at their time of most desperate need, its customers would have other options.

It is amazing that easy, non-partisan, common-sense solutions like this have received very little attention at all, getting drowned out by partisan controversy over legislation of dubious benefit to our country. But if people like you and me keep on spreading the word about solutions like these (by e-mailing this article to a couple friends, for instance), we can build momentum toward true reform in our nation’s capitol.

Also brace yourself for other partisan, special interest bills. After getting what it wanted over the protests of the American public, Congress will now be emboldened to move forward on economically devastating cap-and-trade legislation and other so-called reforms that will only destroy more American wealth and assume more unconstitutional powers for an already out-of-control government in Washington. Please stay in touch with us here at Our America Initiative, by becoming a fan of our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. We will continue to keep you up-to-date as the battle for our freedom continues.

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