I'm sorry, but Gary Johnson is a gentleman who simply doesn't understand anything about economics and he denies the basics of arithmetic at the same time.
First, you don't go on Robert Wenzel's podcast unprepared and you definitely don't lie to him about what you've read -- and haven't -- because you will get caught.
Gary Johnson: "If you're out to catch me, you got me."
When you bait your own trap by trying to bull**** someone you can hardly claim that your interviewer is "out to catch you." The point of being interviewed is to expound on what you believe and think; if you make things up the interviewer isn't "out to catch you", he's doing his job.
There appears to be absolutely nothing that Gary Johnson has read, or for that matter understands, when it comes to Libertarian economic positions and views. Or, for that matter, when it comes to sustainable economic policies, the idiocy of the last 30 years in this country (and one can argue going back further than that) and what we must do to fix it along with the inevitable consequences associated with taking those steps and what we can reasonably do (and can't do) to mitigate those consequences.
If you don't understand all of that then you can't sell it to the American people.
But you damn well better be able to sell it if you want to be President because the economic tsunami is coming, like it or not, and whoever is in the left seat is either going to sell a correct solution to the people or be buried by the inevitable as the current system collapses under the stupidity rising from a literal ocean of incorrect acts and responses.
We are about to hit the wall that exponential growth apologists refuse to see even though anyone with an understanding of middle-school arithmetic understanding knows is there!
I have tried repeatedly to get through to Gary on this point, and have also tried to get through to other Libertarians in this regard on the folly of failing to put forward a strong economic platform founded on the idiocy of the Democrat and Republican (read: Keynesian garbage) "more borrowing, more games, more manipulation and more lies" economic fallacies.
I failed on both counts and I'm sure that refusing to kiss ass and instead calling them as I see them is not going to add to my popularity among those who were in the "Second Coming" camp among the Libertarian party.
I'm ok with that -- I don't succeed at everything I attempt, even though my offer remains open for Gary and his campaign, if he wants it. He knows how to contact me -- I'll even send him a copy of Leverage, if he'll promise to actually read it in a reasonably-contemporary time frame and talk with me for a few minutes about it once he has. (That offer, less the request for the short time to talk about it, was made months ago in February at the Florida Libertarian convention -- but Gary never gave me an address to send it to.)
Now the Libertarians get to see what chasing shiny pennies leads to on full public display.
I'm very happy that Robert did this interview and that he didn't back down. This is exactly the sort of hard-hitting, no-punches-pulled interview that we need in the public sphere, and you won't get it from MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC or the other mainstream outlets.
If you're a Libertarian and can honestly vote for this man after hearing this -- if you can honestly say that this is a Libertarian economic platform in any way, shape or form not to mention believing that it can work then have at it.
I refuse to lie to either myself or to my readers.
Thank you Robert Wenzel.
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