Gary Johnson's responses to the questions asked during the second presidential debate
Question: As a 20-year-old college student, all I hear from professors, neighbors and others is that when I graduate, I will have little chance to get employment. What can you say to reassure me, but more importantly my parents, that I will be able to sufficiently support myself after I graduate?
Gary Johnson: In order to ensure that young people like you can get jobs, we have to address the serious problem of excessive government interference in the economy. Rather than focus on platitudes about how Mr. Romney “knows how to create jobs” or how Mr. Obama wants to “build manufacturing jobs in this country again,” I want to address the underlying causes of the continuing recession. We need to end the federal interventions that are merely counterproductive handouts to special interests that stifle the innovation and growth that free markets produce.
To accomplish this, we also need to substantially cut spending and reform the tax system. There should be no sacred cows in the federal government. We need to reform entitlement programs, eliminate costly military interventions, and stop destructive stimulus spending. In addition, we need to abolish the IRS and enact the Fair Tax. Rather than punish people for being productive, this system would tax expenditures. It is time to stop pretending that the federal government is not choking off job creation through excessive spending, high taxes, and unnecessary regulation.
Although it probably seems that this guy doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell to win the presidential election, I did find many of the responses to the asked questions rather interesting.
So I wonder what would Ron Paul and or others seeking the presidential office ? how would they respond to the issues and questions ?
Question: The energy secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating it’s not policy of his department to help lower gas prices. Do you agree with Secretary Chu that this is not the job of the Energy Department?
Question: Governor Romney [has] stated that if [he’s]elected president, [he] would plan to reduce the tax rates for all the tax brackets and that [he] would work with the Congress to eliminate some deductions in order to make up for the loss in revenue. Concerning the — these various deductions, the mortgage deductions, the charitable deductions, the child tax credit and also the — oh, what’s that other credit? I forgot. Oh, I remember. The education credits, which are important to me, because I have children in college. What would be your position on those things, which are important to the middle class?
Question: In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72% of what their male counterparts earn?
Question: Governor Romney, I am an undecided voter, because I’m disappointed with the lack of progress I’ve seen in the last four years. However, I do attribute much of America’s economic and international problems to the failings and missteps of the Bush administration. Since both [Romney] and President Bush are Republicans, I fear a return to the policies of those years should [he] win this election. What is the biggest difference between you and George W. Bush, and how do you differentiate yourself from George W. Bush?
Question: What do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society?
Question: We were sitting around, talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?
Question: President Obama, during the Democratic National Convention in 2008, you stated you wanted to keep AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. What has your administration done or planned to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?
Question: The outsourcing of American jobs overseas has taken a toll on our economy. What plans do you have to put back and keep jobs here in the United States?
Question: What do you believe is the biggest misperception that the American people have about you as a man and a candidate? Using specific examples, can you take this opportunity to debunk that misperception and set us straight?