On Good Friday, churches throughout northeast Ohio will offer services for parishioners to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Master: Gary Johnson for President, the practical, proven and qualified. A true Republican like his running mate former governor of MA, William Weld. 1. Believer in Jesus Christ as his savior. 2. Says he would close 800 of the 845 military bases U.S. has in other countries. 3. Would pull out of all middle east conflicts except Afghanistan. 4. Would legalize drugs. Saves taxpayers ~$250 billion per year, mostly due to incarceration and interdiction. Makes dealing in illegal drubs unprofitable. 5. Johnson says government should get totally out of the marriage, LGBT, etc family control business. 6. Believes in total freedom of speech, regardless of political correctness. 7. He has proven fiscal responsibility and balanced the budget in New Mexico. 8. Has proven trade skills in plumbing, remodeling and construction thus understands manual work. 9. Experienced employer. Johnson Enterprises employed over a 1,000 workers. He sold his company for $38 million in a deal that had a clause in it that prevents the retrenchment of existing workers by the new owners (prohibiting laying them off). 10. Experienced being poor while growing up in North Dakota. 11. Experienced in politics. Johnson graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1975 with a degree in Political Science in 1975. Johnson was also a very successful two term Governor of New Mexico. 12. Abortion: Johnson believes that a woman has the right to decide on the matter until a point of the viability of the fetus has been reached. As Governor of New Mexico, Johnson signed a law that banned late term abortion. 13. Says bring troops back home from their expensive excursions in Iraq and other conflict zones around the world. 14. Says governments should be run as a business, with clear evaluation of the cost and benefits of every decision, instead of the grand voters and special interests inducing gestures that the country has grown accustomed to. 15. Against Capital Punishment due to mistakes of the past. Says the bureaucracy was capable of making mistakes that could cost the life of an innocent. 16. On China, believes the continued trade imbalance between the two countries is a matter that concerns Johnson as it contributes to the burgeoning budget deficit. On the other hand, government should not be involved except to protect U.S. citizens from unfair practices. 17. Johnson is a firm proponent of the individual rights and civil liberties of the citizens. Considering the fact that the first eight amendments of the Constitution deals with the issue directly, he wants the recent encroachment of government agencies into the lives of private citizens to be reeled back. He has spoken several times of his support in allowing the expiration of the Patriot Act at the end of May 2011 following a final 90-day extension given by the Congress in February. 18. Johnson is supportive of activities that promote friendship between the United States and Cuba 19. Johnson contends that the government undisciplined and indiscriminate spending across all sectors of the economy, especially with the various coffer-bleeding overseas military undertakings, will cripple and eventually bankrupt the country. 20. Johnson’s reputation as one of the most economically successful Republican governor of the last couple of decades accords his opinions and arguments on the subject with a certain degree of weight. He believes that the American economy is inherently mismanaged and teetering on the brink of a major collapse, and can only be stabilized by implementing a three pronged approach involving spending cuts, tax cuts and minimizing federal interference in the national economy. 21. Johnson advocates the abolishment of the Department of Education and in its place, allow the 50 states to experiment with their own education system. 22. Johnson, while maintaining the need to constantly improve our national defense, rejects the idea of our troops continued presence in Europe, Iraq, Libya and 845 bases around the world. The undefined and shifting objective of our international military presence, coupled with the enormous expenditure that our creaking economy is saddled with, is a stark reminder of the need to reevaluate our foreign and domestic security policy in the face of our outrageous budget deficit. 23. Johnson wants an end to the practice of indefinite detention of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay; instead, these detainees should be tried under a civil or military court and there should be a complete end to interrogations involving either physical or psychological torture. Continued operation of the prison in Guantanamo is also a massive waste of taxpayer money. 24. Johnson says "I don't believe there should be any restrictions when it comes to firearms. None. 25. Gov. Johnson believes that a bloated legislative and regulatory environment is depriving our healthcare system of the ‘competition factor’, leading to inefficient government-sanctioned monopolies. A Johnson presidency would see an immediate 43% cut on federal Medicare and Medicaid funding, with the remaining amount redirected wholly to the states, no strings attached. 26. He is against the current militarized border between the United States and Mexico, and envisions a time when there will be free-flowing traffic between the two countries. He believes that a new legislation on drugs would put a stop to a majority of smuggling activities at the border. Johnson is also of the opinion that controlled immigration is beneficial to the country and dismisses the idea that immigrants are taking away jobs from hard working Americans, citing the fact that most of the jobs being involved are the low paying ones that are less attractive for locals. 27. Johnson believes that the ongoing war on drugs has been a costly failure. A prescription based model, similar to the ones used successfully in Holland and Portugal, should be explored on hard drugs such as heroin. If elected, Johnson has pledged to offer a full pardon for citizens convicted of non-violent marijuana crime. 28. Johnson is firmly behind the efforts to legalize medical marijuana and rejects the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug. 29. Johnson is against the idea of having a national minimum wage policy 30. Johnson is a supporter of gay rights, arguing that ‘it’s freedom, it’s liberty’ and that the government has no right to intrude on the personal lives of Americans. 31. Governor Johnson believes that Social Security is inherently flawed at conception, and similar to Ron Paul, believes that it has now turned into a Ponzi scheme. Johnson considers Social Security as one of the most important items on his agenda of reform, and believes that privatization, with an option to cede control to individual account holders, is the programs’ best bet for maintaining its solvency. 32. Johnson is supportive of NAFTA and sees massive economic opportunities for the country, especially for border states like New Mexico. 32. Supports absolute right to gun ownership. Says laws regulating guns are ineffective.