Here is an interesting interview with Gary Johnson covering some of his positions. I have said before, I think he will declare his candidacy fairly soon. It is interesting that in this one he avoids getting bogged down on the marijuana issue, which is great as in some of them little else seems to get through.
He makes the point that he feels that excessive spending is a threat to national security, and deals with Medicare, Medicade, Social Security, and a number of other important issues. Maintaining that the states should not be bailed out, he makes the point that they and the federal government ended up in dire financial straits the same way — through “political promises that were made that should have never been made.
On the subject of illegal immigration, Johnson advocates a system that would make it as easy as possible to get a work visa but cautioned that it would not be a green card or citizenship. It would entail a background check and require paying applicable taxes. With regard to illegal immigrants in the country now he would allow a grace period for them to get a legal work visa, again not a green card, not citizenship, and then once that grace period expires make it a one strike you’re out: If you’re in this country illegally you’re going to be arrested, you’re going to be deported, and you’re not going to come back.”
On other issues, Johnson said:
The tax system is unfair and doesn’t promote growth, innovation, or entrepreneurship.
The corporate income tax should be eliminated.
The “devil is always in the details” when it comes to a flat tax, which could turn into a tax increase.
If marijuana were legalized, border violence would be reduced 75 percent.
He supports a woman’s right to choose abortion until the time of viability.
He favors gay civil unions.
Obamacare should be repealed, along with prescription healthcare benefit passed when Republicans controlled Congress and the White House.