Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Elections 2012 - The Candidates - Narrowed

A few years ago we started tracking all major candidates and their records, particularly Republican, in order to present the public with a view of just who these candidates are, what their character is and perhaps most importantly, who they represent. Seeing as how the primary season is long since over, I've had a request to update the list and include Libertarian Gary Johnson. Rather than alter the original post, I've simply ported over the relevant data, cleaned it up and added Mr. Johnson.

  • Gary Johnson
    • Former Governor of New Mexico
      • Created a bigger government while Governor
        • The budget rose 5% per year during his time in office. (That's a roughly 50% increase in the size of the State Government during those eight years.)
          • When indexed for inflation -  Spending in New Mexico rose at approximately 240% the rate of inflation -- or about double and a half as fast as prices rose.
      • A major debt issue
        • The amount of debt the State Government had outstanding nearly doubled (A gross $2.78 billion increase)
        • The population of the state was (as of 2003) 1.87 million, so Governor Johnson added about $1,500 in debt to the financial responsibility of every man, woman and child in New Mexico during his administration and that's only for the state itself -- municipal governments added another billion, so the total was well over $2,000 per person. 
          •  The population of New Mexico in 1995 was ~1.7 million. In 2003 it was 1.9 million, or 12% higher, an approximately 1.4% annual expansion.
        • His campaign was $200,000 in debt
    • Wants a return to the gold standard
    • Wants to cut the federal government spending by 43%.
    • Wants to institute a Fair Tax
      • Believes in Free Trade
    • Has claimed that the bankers have not committed any crimes.
    • Libertarian leaning 
    • Supports gay marriage
    • Heavy on vetoes
    • Stood up against the TSA machines
    • Wants to revise entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.


The Issues
  • The Debt (National, State)
  • Foreign policy (4 concurrent wars - Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya)
  • Property Rights

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