Gary Johnson and William Weld are the presidential ticket for the Libertarian Party in this year’s election. The Libertarian Party is pretty much of a me first and screw everybody else party. For this reason they sometimes come across to folks, especially the young, as a voice of reason in some ares.
In particular, Libertarians generally do not believe in getting involved in foreign wars and do believe that all drug laws should be abolished. This often picks up a few votes among those who think these are liberal and not libertarian policies. There may be a bit of an intersection there, but that is about it.
Kevin Drum over at Mother Jones magazine lists out Libertarian policies in a simple exercise to point out that outside of the above mentioned policies and a couple of others there is little similarity between a liberal (or progressive if you prefer) and a libertarian.
So we go to Kevin Drum’s article to pick out a few of the biggest differences. Read the rest of the article here. As I said this is a sampling:
* He supports TPP.
* He supports fracking.
* He opposes any federal policies that would make college more affordable or reduce student debt. In fact, he wants to abolish student loans entirely.
* He thinks Citizens United is great. (ed. note: actually he thinks there should be no limits)
* He doesn’t want to raise the minimum wage. At all.
* He favors a balanced-budget amendment and has previously suggested that he would slash federal spending 43 percent in order to balance the budget. This would require massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds.
* He opposes net neutrality. – (ed. note – this one should scare you)
* He wants to increase the Social Security retirement age to 75 and he’s open to privatization.
In short, pretty much everything would be up for sale under Gary Johnson from the internet to the national parks to every politician. Does anyone reading this really believe that they wouldn’t be crushed by big money within a few short years under Gary Johnson and William Weld? You may be allowed to do whatever drugs you want, but you won’t be able to afford them.
Bet you can’t wait for Mom and Dad to move in with you either. They won’t be able to afford to keep their house anymore, but then you won’t have a job either. You will have to compete against long experienced folks who won’t be able to retire. Maybe you and Mom and Dad can snare a nice spot under the railroad trestle.