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Ama-Gi interviews Josiah Schmidt of JohnsonForAmerica.com

In Abortion,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,LGBT rights,Taxes on May 16, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the great new libertarian blog, Ama-Gi, regarding former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and his 2012 prospects:

Ama-Gi:
Who is Gary Johnson and why do you think he should be our next president?

Josiah Schmidt:
Gary Johnson is the former two term governor of New Mexico, who came
from outside of politics to beat a former Republican governor in the
Republican primaries, and to then unseat an incumbent Democratic
governor by a ten point margin, in a state where Democrats outnumber
Republicans 2 to 1.  Gary Johnson was a governor who vetoed more bills
than all his other contemporary governors combined, who cut taxes 14
times, and who balanced the New Mexico state budget.

We need to send Gary Johnson to the White House because our very
survival as a nation depends upon whether or not the government gets
out of the way and stops suffocating this society and this economy to
death.  We have a mountain of debt, regulations, and malinvestments,
thanks to the federal government, and this lethal cocktail will
devastate America for decades to come.  That is, unless we take our
medicine, stop trying to stimulate and bail our way out of this
recession, and let the free market work.  Gov. Johnson is the only one
who can be trusted to make the right decisions for our future.

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Transcript of Gary Johnson’s appearance on FOX Business Channel’s “Happy Hour”

In Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Federal Reserve,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews on May 16, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

On May 11th, Gary Johnson appeared on the FOX Business Channel’s “Happy Hour” program, where he touched on such subjects as drug law reform, the economy, government spending, the deficit, the Federal Reserve, inflation, immigration, and the 2012 presidential election.

Here’s the transcript.

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Gary Johnson included in first national presidential poll!

In Barack Obama,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Mike Huckabee,Mitt Romney,Newt Gingrich,Polling,Sarah Palin on May 12, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson was, for the first time, included as a major Republican presidential candidate in a national poll.  Public Policy Polling released the results of a public opinion survey today, which asked respondents whether they would rather vote for Barack Obama or a Republican presidential candidate.  The Republicans that were polled were Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Gary Johnson.

Gary Johnson, having the lowest name recognition of the group, garnered 28% of the vote in this poll, but he also succeeded in holding down Obama’s numbers the lowest.  Obama only received 46% of the vote against Johnson.

According to this poll, 81% had still yet to form an opinion of Gary Johnson.

For the full results, click here.

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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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Gary Johnson on FOX News’s Hannity Show

In Abortion,Barack Obama,Drug reform,Economy,Education,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Interviews,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes,Tea Party on May 8, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson joins Sean Hannity on FOX News to talk about the Tea Party movement, the GOP, the economy, government spending, education, abortion, taxes, Barack Obama, drug law reform, foreign policy, his mantle as the “new Ron Paul,” his Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential election.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSsW4abdPg0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zXaPIc5bMc

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Salon.com: Gary Johnson, the most interesting Republican you’ve never heard of

In Abortion,Barack Obama,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes,Tea Party on May 5, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Salon.com did a piece on Gary Johnson recently called “The most interesting Republican you’ve never heard of,” where they talked about his views on drug law reform, abortion, foreign policy, cultural issues, immigration, his views of Barack Obama and the Tea Party movement, the state of the GOP, the economy, government spending, deficits, taxes, entitlements, his Our America Initiative, his similarities to Ron Paul, and the possibility of a 2012 presidential run.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/05/05/gary_johnson_most_interesting_republican

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Gary Johnson on The Schilling Show WINA 1070 AM

In Abortion,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Health care,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,Our America,Taxes on May 4, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson went on The Schilling Show on WINA 1070 AM radio to discuss such issues as the economy, government spending, deficits, inflation, taxes, entitlements, health care, immigration, foreign policy, drug law reform, cultural issues, abortion, the 2012 presidential election, and his Our America Initiative.

Part 1: http://youtu.be/IV26jk8LrA8?a
Part 2: http://youtu.be/W750ZQ4j19Q?a
Part 3: http://youtu.be/v_5ulPPKx-M?a

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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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