Gary Johnson speaks with Barbara Alexander on MoneyDots Radio regarding such issues as the economy, government spending, deficits, entitlements, inflation, taxes, term limits, drug law reform, cap-and-trade, health care, foreign policy, the 2012 presidential election, and his Our America Initiative.
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Gary Johnson talks to FTR Radio at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference regarding his gubernatorial experience, term limits, the economy, government spending, deficits, entitlements, taxes, immigration, drug law reform, health care, foreign policy, the environment, energy, and Gary’s half-completed goal to climb the highest mountain on every continent.
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.
From Gary Johnson’s OurAmericaInitiative.com website today:
One important question for our era is: How do we create clean, affordable, renewable energy? It would seem that Silicon Valley engineer, K.R. Sridhar has found an answer to that question, the Bloom Box. With its dazzling premiere on 60 minutes Sunday evening, the Bloom Box is making a big splash on the Internet as the next best solution to our energy needs. It’s a small fuel cell that produces a lot of energy, allowing its users to unplug from the power grid and cheaply generate energy themselves.
CBS News reports that it has already been quietly purchased and tested by several companies in California, including Google, FedEx, and eBay- which claims to have saved $100,000 in energy costs in just a few months after powering 15% of their main campus’ energy needs with the Bloom Box. Whether the Bloom Box lives up to the hype or not, one thing remains clear: that private entrepreneurship will solve our energy problems and keep our land, air, and water clean. Small business, not big government, is the solution.
Directives from a climate conference in Copenhagen may have an only marginal impact on global CO2 emissions (especially if some developing countries don’t comply), but they would have a tremendous impact on the daily lives of people like you and me. By raising the costs of energy as much as 25% cap and trade schemes would cripple the American economy and break the budgets of families that are already struggling to make ends meet. What do we say to the poor elderly couple in Iowa who would have to choose between food and heat during a deadly cold winter?
Innovators like K.R. Sridhar and his company, Bloom Energy, offer a better alternative. Instead of limiting our environmental impact in a way that hurts the finances of American households and businesses, energy entrepreneurs seek to limit our environmental impact by creating value for Americans. The beauty of energy efficiency is that it needs no directive from a government central planner, because energy efficiency is cost efficiency, and Americans already have an incentive to cut costs. In the end, it will be people like you and me who want to save money in our homes and small businesses that will drive a true and lasting revolution in energy efficiency and sustainability.
The best thing the government can do to ensure this happens, is to not stand in its way. Lower taxes, less spending, fewer strangling regulations, an end to all the credit-hogging by the US Treasury, and other business-friendly policies will make sure the American economy is strong and awash with the capital and credit it needs to fuel entrepreneurship, while breaking down the barriers that keep new entrepreneurs from getting off the ground.
See Gary Johnson’s speech at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference here: http://ricksincerethoughts.blogspot.com/2010/02/gary-johnson-speaks-at-cpac-2010.html
Gary Johnson addresses the economy, deficits, government spending, entitlements, taxes, inflation, civil liberties, education, health care, energy, the environment, drug reform, foreign policy, and talks about his gubernatorial experience and his new Our America Initiative.
Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Robert Broadus, candidate for US Congress, Maryland-4
This is interview #13 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!
Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Robert Broadus. Robert graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1994, and served in the US Navy until 1999. Since then, he has worked in real estate and software development, and has traveled to over 14 countries around the world. Robert lives in Mt. Rainier, MD, and is a Republican candidate for US Congress in Maryland’s fourth district.
Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?
Robert Broadus: In 2007, I was greatly disappointed with the state of our government. Both Democrats and Republicans were supporting unconstitutional wars and irresponsible spending, while also enacting policies that violated our civil liberties under the Bill of Rights. I became interested in running for Congress because it is Congress that has the Constitutional role of declaring war, which sets tax policy, and which appropriates funds from the treasury.
Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?
Robert Broadus: Since I was in the military, I swore an oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution…” I always assumed that our politicians did just that. When I realized this was not the case, and that many in our government are spending their time and resources trying to figure out how to defeat the Constitution, I became more interested in fighting for Liberty. It was Ron Paul’s presidential campaign that taught me there are a handful of politicians who truly believe in upholding the Constitution, so I decided to support him, and then Chuck Baldwin for the presidency. It was also Henry David Thoreau’s work, “On Resistance to Civil Government” (Civil Disobedience) that woke me up to the fact that we as Americans have forgotten what matters most. As a black person who was taught the history of my people who suffered through slavery, I also hold close to my heart the consequences of what can happen when people do not guard their liberties and cherish them even more than life. I am resolved to fight against slavery in all its forms, and I believe that it is the sovereignty of the individual that matters most. Only when the government protects individual rights does it protect everyone’s rights.
Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to Marylanders?
Robert Broadus: Maryland is facing the problem of being almost completely dominated by Progressive Democrats. Although the people of Maryland are largely a mix of conservatives and libertarians, the people elected to high office tend to come from Progressive areas, and have led us away from our personal values. Maryland is facing an insurmountable debt, having to lay off school employees and furlough government workers. Maryland is also suffering economically from a recent tax increase which targeted millionaires, causing those who could afford it to leave the state, resulting in a 10% drop in revenue. Maryland is facing increasing crime from gang activity, as a “sanctuary-state” policy toward illegal immigration has made the state attractive for some of the most violent international gangs, including the Latin Kings and MS-13. These are all issues which Maryland can turn around by electing politicians to office who will be responsible to the people for results, not just their good intentions.
Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?
Robert Broadus: I offer an across-the-board set of values that are conservative and in-line with the the values of the people in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. Being born and raised in the area, and even having attended college in Maryland (unlike my opponent), I can say that we are a church-going people who believe in God and the Bible. I value religious freedom, not government imposing a secular or irreligious state upon us and requiring us to check our values at the door when we enter the workplace. I am Pro-Life, and I am for parental notification for minors to receive medical treatment. I support traditional marriage and the right for people to express their religious views without being accused of “hate speech.” I support the right to home-school, and for parents to control what their children are taught. I support the right to keep and bear arms, in order to protect ourselves from violence. We seek job opportunities for the legal residents of our State, and I seek to have new residents admitted to the nation by getting in line and going through the proper legal process. I am against amnesty for illegal immigrants. Most importantly, I support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Constitution protects our liberties and limits the Federal Government to those powers enumerated in Article 1, Section 8. Although certain of my opponents uphold one or two of these values, I am the only candidate who upholds all of them.
Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as a US Congressman?
Robert Broadus: As soon as I am able, I will introduce a bill to repeal the 16th Amendment. It is through this that the Federal Government can levy a tax on incomes, which act as collateral for the credit which is used to engage in deficit-spending, finance socialist entitlement programs, and spend future generations into perpetual debt. I will also take the first opportunity to cut off funding for any undeclared wars and any other policies which violate the Constitution.
Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?
Robert Broadus: Socialist entitlement programs need to be cut first. These include Social Security and Medicare. However, there will need to be a period of transition to wean off those who have become dependent on the programs. After that, it will be important to remove funding for programs that are not within the authority of the Federal Government, such as the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. Cutting money for unconstitutional wars will also be important for the purpose of reasserting the warmaking powers of the Congress.
Josiah Schmidt: How should health care be reformed?
Robert Broadus: Healthcare should NOT be reformed by the Federal Government. If State or Local governments wish to reform their existing healthcare systems, they should be allowed to do so. At the Federal level, all restrictions on healthcare (such as the restriction against buying insurance across state lines) should be listed. Tax credits could also be given for anyone who is willing to invest in medical savings programs.
Josiah Schmidt: What changes would you like to see in our government’s foreign policy?
Robert Broadus: The Federal Government should bring its troops home from around the world. We should continue working to ensure our national security, but not through policing the world. We should immediately cease all nation-building operations, and we should encourage free-market capitalism as a solution for resolving the economic woes of other nations. We should strengthen our border security and our defensive posture at home, lending military support to our allies only when requested. We should re-consider our foreign aid to the rest of the world, again returning the taxes taken back to the People of the United States.
Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
Robert Broadus: Our nation is at a turning point, where we must decide if we will continue to be a Federal Republic, or if we will become a Social Democracy. The current administration and those who support its agenda are poised to “fundamentally change the United States of America.” We can uphold the values laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or we can abandon them to those who think this nation’s founding was unjust, and that we should somehow give it back through redistribution of wealth, land reform, and other forms of socialism. Comprehensive Healthcare reform is one of the main instruments being used to engineer this transformation, but this issue was not the concern 3 years ago that it has become since Barack Obama became President. We have been hurried to a point where our most cherished values and even the fabric of our Constitution are thrown into doubt over a policy where most Americans will not see any difference even if we change the system now. The uproar that has been generated over what was previously a background issue is evidence that we have been manipulated into a discussion that should not even be happening. Healthcare Reform is outright unconstitutional, as it violates the 10th Amendment. Everyone should know this, yet this fact has not deterred the Progressives who seek to impose it on us against our will. We must fight if we are to remain “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Please help me by offering your prayers, your time, and your financial support to my campaign. Together, we can save the Republic. Together, we can win!
Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?
Robert Broadus: At my website: www.justiceandliberty.us
Josiah Schmidt: Thanks, Robert, and the best of luck to you and your campaign!
Reason’s Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie talked with Johnson about the issues of the day—and what it was like to climb Mt. Everest with a busted leg.
Issues discussed include civil liberties, cultural issues, the deficit, drug reform, economics, education, energy, the environment, foreign policy, government spending, inflation, taxes, the Tea Party movement, the future of the GOP, Ron Paul, the Our America Initiative, and the 2012 election.