Posted by· September 23, 2018 3:00 PM
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New Mexicans understand immigration. Long before immigration -- and immigrants themselves -- became pawns in a huge political game, we had learned to share a border with Mexico, welcome those who want to come here to work and make better lives for their families, and appreciate the tremendous contributions they make.
Having served as Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson knows the complex issues associated with immigration reform first hand. Solving immigration problems is not as easy as building a wall or militarizing OUR border with Mexico.
And separating parents from their children, and putting those children in detention centers is most certainly not a solution to anything.
Politicians who have for too long played on fear and demonized immigrants have rendered Congress incapable of common sense reforms. A straightforward system that allows immigrants to obtain work visas and move back and forth across the border efficiently will go a very long way toward reducing illegal entry and allow the government to focus resources on actual criminals and those who would do us harm.
Gary Johnson doesn’t want a Wall. He wants a common sense system that works.
Today’s federal tax code does all the wrong things. It penalizes productivity, savings and investment, while rewarding inefficiency and designating winners and losers according to political whim.
As Governor, Gary Johnson worked with a Democratic legislature to cut New Mexico taxes on incomes, gasoline and small businesses.
For far too long, federal tax laws have been used not just as a means to collect needed revenues, but as a way for special interests to penalize their competitors while subsidizing themselves. The result is a tax code that is more than 70,000 pages long, enforced by a government agency with almost 100,000 employees. The result is a nightmare for the average American and unfair advantages for those with the means to manipulate the politicians.
Gary Johnson advocates lower taxes, the elimination of special interest loopholes, and a system that is both simple and fair.
The objective of both our foreign policy and our military should be straightforward: To protect us from harm and to allow us to exercise our freedoms.
Over the past couple of decades, it is difficult to see how the wars we have waged, the interventions we have conducted, the lives sacrificed, and the trillions of tax dollars we have spent on the other side of the globe have made us safer. If anything, interventionist policies have made us less safe.
Many senior military and foreign policy analysts have concluded that the rise of ISIS, for example, was encouraged by instability created by our meddling in the affairs of others. The last several administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have used our military resources to pursue regime changes, embark on impossible nation-building exercises, and to establish the United States as the policeman of the world.
The results: New enemies and perpetual war.
We have enough problems to solve right here at home.
We must repair relationships with our allies, clarify our objectives, and only send our brave members of the military to war when clearly authorized by Congress after meaningful, transparent deliberation and debate.
The idea that we can defeat terrorism by simply putting more boots on the ground or dropping more bombs ignores the reality that this expensive tactic simply hasn’t worked.
Gary Johnson believes strongly that we have a solemn obligation to honor those who have fought for us, sacrificed for us, and put their lives on the line to defend our great nation. When it comes to fulfilling that obligation, there can be no equivocation.
Health care choices should rest with veterans themselves. While there are many dedicated, caring professionals working in VA facilities, much of the bureaucracy of the VA is more concerned with its own perpetuation than with providing veterans with the care they need. That must be corrected NOW.
From elder care to PTSD to the specific health challenges of women who have served in uniform, veterans have a wide range of urgent needs. For some, the VA medical system is the best or only option. That system must function efficiently, provide timely care, and meet the standards we would expect for our own family members. For those who need care from private physicians or hospitals, that option must be available.
Likewise, Gary Johnson understands the challenges faced by many veterans in their transition to civilian life and careers. The discipline and skills earned from military service are of tremendous value to many employers. It is part of our moral contract with those who have served to not only maintain the GI Bill, but to enhance public-private partnerships designed to match veterans’ skills with the career choices they wish to make.
Family support, counseling and other tools for helping veterans deal with their unique challenges are essential. Homelessness, substance abuse, and yes, suicide are all-too frequent among veterans as they re-enter civilian life – and our obligation to support those who have served does not end when they sign their discharge papers.
Whether it’s trying to tell you who to love, or looking through your cell phone, the greatest threat to our civil liberties has become the government itself. That needs to be stopped by a renewed appreciation for what it means to be free.
Our Founding Fathers crafted the 4th Amendment, for example, to prevent the government from snooping into our private lives without a warrant.
Yet today, we have a government that spies on private communications, monitors our financial transactions, and even photographs our license plates -- all without legitimate warrants or due process of law.
Gary Johnson wants to get the government out of your personal life. Out of your cell phone. Out of your bedroom. And back into the business of protecting your freedoms, not threatening them.
Gary Johnson believes that people, not politicians, should make choices in their personal lives, as long as harm is not done to others.
Nothing is more important to our future than educating our next generations.
Yet, depending on which rating you choose, New Mexico ranks 48th, 49th or dead last in the nation for education. That is simply unacceptable.
With our diverse population, Native American communities, and other factors, New Mexico faces unique challenges when it comes to meeting education needs. Parents understand that. Teachers understand that. We all understand that.
Who doesn’t understand? Bureaucrats in Washington, DC.
As a voice for New Mexico in the U.S. Senate, Gary Johnson will fight to get the Washington bureaucrats out of the way and let New Mexicans provide the tools, the curriculum and the innovations that will offer our kids the educations they need and deserve.
Teachers want to teach...not test. Parents want their kids to be students...not statistics.
As Governor, Gary saw first hand the absurdity of sending our tax dollars to Washington, DC, only to have them returned with countless strings attached and the bureaucrats’ “cut” deducted.
State and local governments should control education policy. Decisions that affect our children should be made here at home, not by bureaucrats and politicians in Washington, D.C., who are incapable of providing the innovation, choices and understanding that are needed here in New Mexico.