Gary Johnson Warns Against Deficit SpendingSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 01/22/2011 - 10:38
As the founder of the Our America Initiative, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson feels he has a vision the country needs to hear, and it's important enough to travel from the Sun Belt to Iowa in January to get that message out.
Johnson, who has been mentioned in some circles as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, said he is not ready to make any announcements, but that has not prevented comparisons to another libertarian grassroots candidate, Ron Paul, who ran in 2008.
"I did endorse Ron Paul, but we're talking about 2012," Johnson said on a trip to Marshalltown Friday. "I am trying to grow the party."
To do that, Johnson is focused on what he says must be the No. 1 issue going into the next presidential campaign cycle - the federal budget. In particularly, Johnson sees the United States as having a big problem in the future because of continual deficit spending that is getting quickly out of control.
"I've spent my entire life watching government spend more than it takes in," he said. "I always thought there would be a day of reckoning."
Johnson rejects multi-year plans to balance the federal budget and says it should be done "tomorrow."
In order to do that, Johnson advocates pulling out completely in Iraq and scaling back military operations in Afghanistan.
"Whether we pull out of Afghanistan tomorrow or 20 years from now, we are still going to have the same issues over there," he said. "Russia went bankrupt, in part, because of their involvement in Afghanistan. Haven't we learned?"