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Seven Principles of Good Government: Gary Johnson on Politics, People and Freedom: Insights from the 2012 Libertarian Party Nominee for P Paperback – August 1, 2012
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The famous British philosopher and statesman John Stuart Mill may have said it (circa 1840s?), but I conclude from his book that former NM Governor Gary Johnson clearly believes it, and it's a principle by which he would govern us. As he explains early in this quick-punch summary of who and why he is, government should not be trying to save money doing things governments aren't supposed to be doing in the first place. This really hits home with the following bullets: The government spends $25 billion a year maintaining vacant federal property; sell it, tear it down, or give it away, but stop spending taxpayers' money on it. The government spends $10 billion a year on travel; the president should send a memo directing all federal employees to cut their trips in half; few taxpayers would notice any difference, and we've saved $5 billion right there. There are $10-20 billion sitting in government accounts appropriated from taxpayers years ago but never obligated for any purpose; with the stroke of a pen, that money is rescinded... Then there's the War on Drugs; Q. What have we got for all the billions spent? A. Overburdened courts, overcrowded prisons, and deteriorating violent crime deriving from the illicit drugs trade. It's time for a new approach. End the war on drugs, decriminalize marijuana, and find ways to deal with addiction as a health issue, not a crime (Gov Johnson briefly cites the success of such programs in Europe).
The whole book reads like that; short, sharp, 'here's the problem and here's the solution and why' - businesslike prose. No waffle, no nonsense.Read more ›
I hope that people who aren't familiar with either the Governor or the Libertarian party will approach this book with an open mind, and then vote their conscience this November if what he stands for makes sense to them.
Unlike other politicians, this book is short and concise (beware big font and few words per page, quick read). I have trouble agreeing with all his positions, but the book goes beyond politics to stories of staying fit and life lessons-- such as: acknowledge mistakes immediately, "always do more than you say you'll do", "determine your goal, develop a plan, than execute it", communication is key,
And: "Business is about 'best product, best service, lowest price'. If you can combine all three of those elements, then you're successful. Period."
As Republican Governor of New Mexico (in a blue state) he vetoed 750 bills, advocated for school vouchers and started Public-Private Partnerships, one of which was to build 500 miles of 4-lane highways to ensure every city over 30,000 people was connected, and he had an open door policy for 6 hours every 3rd Thursday evening for anyone in the state to talk directly to him for 5 minutes! Hid dad would say that Gary actually does the things he talks about. Powerful words.
Finally, it is refreshing to read a book from a national politician that says over and over again things like "I strongly believe in less government"!
Gary Johnson is the former two-term governor of New Mexico, and his record in that capacity is extremely impressive. In a state that votes two to one Democratic, he ran as a Republican and won (when the Republican Party itself told him he had no chance)---then, won reelection by a landslide in a race against the popular Democratic mayor of Santa Fe. And he pulled off this second feat despite being extremely disliked by the state legislature, who nicknamed him "Governor Veto" for his refusal to sign into law anything they passed which he deemed not to be in the state's best interest. In fact, he vetoed 750 bills, probably more than the other 49 governors at the time combined. He also used the line-item veto thousands of times, cutting pork out of bills that might otherwise have some merit. As a result, when he left office the state had a budget surplus, without raising taxes (in the state's longest period without a tax increase in its entire history) and in fact reducing taxes by $123 million annually. He also shrunk the size of the state government, leaving it with 1,000 fewer employees (without firing anyone). He learned this "common-sense business approach to government...Best product, best service, lowest price" from his experience growing a one-man, door-to-door handyman enterprise into one of the largest contracting firms in New Mexico with over a thousand employees---and comparing their records, you can see that he applied the lessons he learned as a businessman to the problems of government much better than Romney did.Read more ›
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This was an excellent read about Mr. Johnson, his beliefs, his accomplishments, and how we all missed out my not voting him into office in 2012. I hope Mr. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I voted for Johnson in 2012 and will vote for him in 2016. This is a great layout of his beliefs. You might disagree with him but at least you will know his positions after you... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lance H
A smart book by a smart politician. Perhaps the most interesting candidate in the 2012 presidential race, Johnson puts forth a simple blueprint for an efficient and ethical... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karl Dickey
I admire the man more than his writing, but then he's a politician and not a journalist. This is still a five-star read just for the common sense that's present within the pages. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anne
3 stars, easy read that wasn't a waste of time. Enjoyed the logic of his direction in life and politics.Published on January 25, 2014 by David Holewinski
I was hoping for some insight into modern libertarianism, but no deal. This is a campaign puff piece - mostly biographical with very little content on small government policy.Published on November 21, 2013 by Count Zero
A refreshing perspective. Johnson's proclivity for straight-talking makes "Seven Principles of Good Government" a lively read. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Sagar Jethani
great read! Not only is it a good read and outlines 7 principles of good govt but it also outlines how to be a good honest respectable person. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by robert burgess