Reforming the welfare system in the United States may sound appealing, but the entire War on Poverty should be evaluated. Since 1964 the poverty rate has been relatively flat, but before LBJ’s Great Society, poverty was falling drastically. The federal government has spent about 19 trillion dollars and the United States will spend about one trillion dollars this year alone. In fact, since 1970 means tested welfare spending is up ten fold, but the poverty rate is still stagnant. A basic income will give people free cash without having to work and that may cause the labor force participation rate to shrink. Decentralized free market Capitalism has proven to raise the standard of living greater than government aid. Additionally, it is unlikely that all other welfare programs would disappear with the addition of a universal basic income. As Jefferson said, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and for government to gain ground”. Social Security and Medicare started off as somewhat controversial programs, but now the electorate universally loves these programs. A basic income, if adopted, would probably gain support from society over time. Adding another entitlement program would prove politically impossible to repeal.
Gary Johnson clearly represents the most Libertarian option in the general election. Johnson wants to balance the budget, reduce military spending, and end the War on Drugs. Spending increased significantly in New Mexico, while he was governor. But he faced a state legislature that was largely Democrats. Progressives pushed the budget higher, but Johnson tried to rein in spending. As governor of New Mexico, he vetoed more bills than all 49 other governors combined. Clinton and Trump give the Libertarian Party a golden opportunity. Right now Johnson polls 8.5% nationally and up to 16% in some states. Johnson has a legitiment possibility of making the presidential debates and spreading the message of liberty. Lovers of liberty should vote for and actively support the most Libertarian candidate in the election. Will Johnson ultimately be successful? Maybe
Gary Johnson and Bill Weld represent the mushy middle, not true Libertarianism. Weld supported Obama, Romney, and Kasich. He did not even endorse the man at the top of his own ticket. On policy, Weld horrendously supported the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. Gary Johnson, in a slap to the face of all Libertarians, called Weld the “original Libertarian”. Will a man that demonstrates profound ignorance rekindle the flame of revolution? I think not. We need a candidate with a strong understanding of libertarian philosophy. The Non Aggression principle, a central tenet of Libertarianism, is too difficult for Johnson to comprehend. Gary Johnson is not running on a substantiate Libertarian ideas because he does not understand Libertarian ideology completely. We should be looking for the next Ron Paul not the next leader of the Koch Institute.