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News :: Politics : Social Welfare
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Taking 5.3% Of Romney's Vote So Far
15 Jul 2012
Johnson, twice governor of New Mexico, supports immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan,
cutting the military budget 43%, keeping the internet censor-free and affordable, decriminalizing marijuana.
According to more than one poll, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, twice the governor of New Mexico, is taking 5.3 or more percentage points away from Mitt Romney. He has said he expects to be on the ballot in all 50 states.


On Afghanistan, Gary Johnson said

Only reducing troop numbers to pre-surge levels, and taking a year to do it, is not acceptable to the growing number of Americans, like me, who get the reality that there is no compelling reason to risk another life or another dollar in a conflict that has no end — and no remaining national security justification. Thanks to our quick and totally justified action in 2001, al Qaeda essentially left Afghanistan nine years ago. We should have done the same.”


Johnson said the Patriot Act should expire, the government should respect habeas corpus, the government should stop torturing prisoners, military spending should be cut by 43%, foreign aid should be cut, the TSA should be abolished, states should be included in anti terrorism planning.


Johnson who favors decriminalization of marijuana says it is safer than alcohol, that 75% of border violence with Mexico is due to drugs, that legalizing marijuana would prevent 1.8 million arrests and 70 billion dollars in expenses, that prohibition of marijuana can be compared to prohibition of alcohol in the 1920's, that the 30 billion spent on the 'war on drugs' has been a miserable failure, and that states not the federal government should make drug policy.


Johnson wants the internet censor-free and affordable. He says that

Government should cease subsidizing or giving favorable treatment to Internet service providers and content-creators. 'Net Neutrality' leads to a government role in the Internet that can only lead to unwanted regulation.
The FCC should not be allowed to create rules regulating content, Internet speeds, and pricing for services. The government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the content marketplace. The Internet should remain independent, accessible and market-based.
Internet 'kill switch' legislation should be scrapped completely. No person or group of people should be able to turn off the Internet.
The Internet has flourished and society has benefited immeasurably because it has remained relatively free of taxation. The moratorium on access and service taxation must be made permanent.
Every scheme to impose a global Internet tax should be opposed.

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