The Femo: Gary Johnson – the best of both worlds

Gary Johnson

by Olivia Conetta

For any woman who supports liberal social policy and fiscal restraint, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson is worth a look. Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, says he’s “fiscally responsible, socially accepting… more liberal than Obama on several issues, more conservative than Romney on several issues.”

He’s certainly fiscally responsible. He left New Mexico with a budget surplus of $1 billion when his tenure as governor ended. As president, Johnson would cut the federal budget by $1.4 trillion in 2013 by reducing benefits to Medicare, Medicaid, and military spending — a drastic move we would never see from either Barack Obama or even Mitt Romney. He also favors the abolition of the corporate and personal income tax and would implement the Fair Tax instead.

Governor Johnson keeps the government’s hands out of social issues as well. He is adamantly pro-choice and devotes a section of his website to his support of abortion rights. If Johnson were elected, LGBTQ women would be able to marry whomever they love — Johnson came out in support of gay marriages at the federal level last December.

“I believe we have arrived at a point in history where more and more Americans are viewing (gay marriage) as a question of liberty and freedom,” he said. “That evolution is important, and the time has come for us to align our marriage laws with the notion that every individual should be treated equally.”

Though Johnson isn’t perfect — he wouldn’t mandate that insurance companies cover birth control — he’s a strong alternative for the free market-loving, socially liberal woman.

Gary Johnson is on the ballot in 47 states (with the exception of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Michigan). He won’t win the election, but a greater share of the vote for him sends a message to the Libertarian, Democratic, and Republican Parties that women want to see more politicians like Gary Johnson.

 

photo of Gary Johnson by ronpaulrevolt2008: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33170765@N04/3093015603/