Governor Gary Johnson: 2012 Presidential Candidate

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Gov. Gary Johnson at the Wynn Las Vegas.  He was there for the annual Two Plus Two Publishing Party.  Gov. Gary Johnson had served two terms as governor of New Mexico.  Gov. Gary Johnson had recently announced that he would run as a republican candidate for the 2012 presidential race.  I got to the party early and was able to have some one on one discussions with him.

During our discussions he highlighted his stance that online poker should be fully legal.  He also stated his stance on internet freedom and how the government should not be censoring the internet or taxing it.  He then discussed his use of vetoes.  During his two terms as governor of New Mexico he used the veto more than the other 49 governors combined.  He vetoed a total of 750 bills, a third of which were introduced by his own party.  He earned the nickname “Governor Veto”.  He also got rid of the state’s budget deficit and turned it into a surplus by trimming government.  He was every businessman’s dream.

As you probably know from reading my blog I have not been happy with the current political landscape in this country.  In 2008 online poker players thought getting a democratic Congress and a democratic poker player in the White House could only mean good things.  As we have found out it has only gotten worse.  On April 15, 2011, the Department of Justice took away the three largest U.S. friendly online poker rooms essentially putting two of them out of business.  In the months before Black Friday the online poker industry knew that the status quo was not going to last but nobody knew that online poker would forever change.

Gov. Johnson’s stand on online poker is clear:

It is an outrage that Americans are prevented from playing online poker. Unfortunately it is but another chilling example of how Congress and the Justice Department continue to trample on our personal liberty.

Government has absolutely no business telling Americans what they can do with their own time and their own money on their own computers, and that most certainly should apply to playing poker online.

As President, I will do everything in my power to restore Americans’ right to play online poker and ensure that such a right can never be taken away again. If you believe as I do that the right to play poker is a fundamental American freedom that should be respected.

As if that was not enough to sell me Gov. Johnson has a strong stance about deficit spending and our national debt that seems to elude our current government.  Having two children makes me concerned about the national debt and the dangers that they will face decades down the road if we cannot control the entitlement programs that drain the country’s tax base.

The U.S. is now borrowing or printing a staggering 43 cents out of every dollar the government spends. The math is simple: Federal spending must be cut not by millions or billions, but by trillions. And it must be done today. We can achieve this goal and put our country back on a sound and sustainable economic course, but only if we stop electing politicians who play fast and loose with America’s future.

How big is the debt problem really? I truly believe unchecked deficits are the single greatest threat to our national security. Unless we take significant steps soon, our federal debt will equal the entire economic production of the United States. Government spends too much because it does too much, and for every one of our dollars Washington spends, the first question must always be: Should the government be doing this in the first place?

Many politicians in Washington seem to think the budget can never be balanced, entitlement programs can never be reformed, and military spending can never be reduced. I do not accept this “can’t do” attitude. My record as Governor of New Mexico demonstrates that I will not hesitate to tackle spending head-on and work to make our government smaller, more efficient, and more effective.

His stance on personal liberty runs along the same lines as his stance on internet poker.  The government has too much control over personal freedoms today.  Whether you are talking about the internet, airport security, the Patriot Act or what people can and cannot do with their bodies the choice must be left up to the individuals.

The best government is that which governs the least. Instead of trying to manage our personal lives from Washington, D.C., government should work to protect individual rights and empower Americans to make the decisions only they should make. That is the recipe for a truly free and prosperous society.

Unfortunately, many in politics allow themselves to be distracted by divisive social issues. My position is clear: government should not be involved in the personal lives of consenting adults. As a Republican, I am an advocate of liberty and the elimination of unnecessary government intrusion in our households, our businesses, and our daily pursuits.

This is first time I have become involved in the U.S. presidential race.  While I have supported candidates before, Black Friday finally pushed me over the edge about the U.S. government.  Today I pledge my support and full endorsement of Gov. Gary Johnson.

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