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Former NM governor Gary Johnson courts Ron Paul’s libertarian base

“You say you want a revolution?” is the unofficial motto for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson’s new advocacy committee. The slogan, emblazoned across the top of the advocacy committee’s website, OurAmericaInitiative.com, brings to mind the largely online effort to elect Texas congressman Ron Paul president, an initiative that was also dubbed a “revolution.”

When Johnson, a Republican, spoke at the offices of the libertarian Reason magazine on Tuesday, there were more not-so-subtle hints that he intended to to try to capture Rep. Paul’s base. “I’m absolutely a Ron Paul fan,” Johnson told the audience, made up mostly of staffers at libertarian-leaning organizations in Washington. That evening he, along with Harvard economist and Johnson adviser Jeffrey Miron, unveiled a three-point economic plan that seemed aimed at the dreams of Tea Partiers. “Slash expenditures” “cut taxes,” and “shrink federal involvement in the economy” are the plan’s three main planks.

Until recent years, Johnson was an unlikely prospect for the 2012 race. His service as governor, from 1995 to 2003, was his first and only political office. He spent his years out of office focusing more on climbing Mount Everest and competing in triathlons than politics. While governor, he publicly advocated the decriminalization of marijuana, and in a 2001 interview with Reason, Johnson said there were “no politics in his future,” because he had “pulled the pin on my political career with my stance on drugs.”

But when The Daily Caller asked him what has changed since that interview, Johnson responded that “over time the [marijuana] issue has come to a tipping point,” citing a recent Gallup poll that found 44 percent of Americans support legalization.


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I like Gary also but can't

I like Gary also but can't help but wonder if he's up to speed on some topics. In the long version of the Reason interview he acknowledges global warming is a problem which tells me he's not familiar with the "climate-gate" scandal and the real agenda behind cap-n-trade. The same may hold true for NAFTA.

I lke Gary, but...

I have issues with privatizing prisons, and he did a lot of that. IMO privatized prisons become a permanent & tax-funded lobbying arm for the already bloated tax & spend drugwar, which features enough stupid ass subsidies as it is. (I'm willing to change that opinion if their lobbyists are willing to pay me to shut up, but so far none seem to be making any offers, so the mockery continues.) Also, even though he managed to veto more spending bills than the other 49 governors COMBINED, spending *still* went up during Gary's governorship. Some of us want the radical idea of LESS spending, in real terms, instead of "cuts" in the rate of spending growth.

Anyway, even though I'm pretty libertarian, the bottom line is that I still think the state does some things best, and those things are the "monopoly on the initiation of force" stuff. IOW, if your government can't raise armies and run prisons, then it can't do some of the only 2 things we need a government FOR, and you need to get out of the governing business & let someone else have a go at it. Having said that, I think Gary's the best of the lot so far. (But if Mary Ruwart runs in the LP, I'll be hard pressed not to give her my support.)

Are there any other issues he

Are there any other issues he feels is worth fighting for?