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Thursday
Jan222015

Our American Initiative - GOV. GARY JOHNSON’S REACTION TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

January 21, 2015, Santa Fe, NM --  Former New Mexico Governor and Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

 

“The President’s speech can be summed up pretty simply: He told us that the state of the union is good and that he wants to double-down on the big government, big debt policies that he says are working. That is just wrong in too many ways to list.

 

“Redistributing wealth and designating winners and losers have for too long been the hallmarks of American politics -- regardless of which party is in power. Now, President Obama wants to take them to new heights.

 

“The U.S. has one of the most punitive, anti-growth tax codes in the industrialized world, and the President wants to make it more punitive. We have a tax code that is absurdly complex, and he wants to make it more complex. Instead of raising capital gains taxes and passing out tax credits like candy, real progress would be to eliminate all income taxes and adopt a system that rewards production, savings and investment.

 

“Government subsidies and market distortions have produced college costs and student loan burdens that threaten a generation of graduates. Now we have a proposal to make community college somehow magically ‘free’, as though no one is going to have to pay for it. Nowhere do we see a plan to allow innovation, the free market and competition to truly make education affordable.

 

“These are just a couple of examples of the misguided theme that piling more government interference on the marketplace is the answer to every challenge. We’ve tried that for a few decades now, and despite the President’s claims to the contrary, the result is not good.”

 

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Wednesday
Jan142015

OUR AMERICA INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES STATE “LOBBY DAYS” 

 

 

 

 

 

Activists Across the Country Will Advocate Liberty Priorities in State Capitals

 

January 13, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- With legislatures in dozens of states gearing up for their 2015 sessions, the Our America Initiative has announced that members of the organization across the country will conduct “lobby days” in their respective states to make legislators aware of the concerns and priorities of liberty advocates.

 

The Our America Initiative, led by Honorary Chairman Gov. Gary Johnson, is a national advocacy group that focuses on protecting civil liberties, reducing the size and cost of government and promoting economic freedom.

 

Announcing the state-level efforts, Our America senior advisor Ron Nielson said, “The fight for greater individual freedom and less government is not just a federal one. Across the nation, state and local governments are taking actions and making decisions every day that impact liberty. As these decisions are made, it is essential that policy-makers hear from those who believe in reducing the role of government in our everyday lives.

 

“As state legislatures begin their work for 2015, supporters of the Our America Initiative are organizing to provide that voice for liberty.”

 

Our America’s legislative priorities in each state will be targeted toward efforts to reduce taxes, eliminate unnecessary regulation, and reverse trends toward over-criminalization and militarization of law enforcement. Protection and restoration of civil liberties, greater choices in education and health care, and increased transparency in government are likewise on the agenda in state capitals across the country.

 

Advocacy efforts are already under way in numerous states, ranging from tax reform in Georgia to opposing Common Core in numerous states to judicial reform in Louisiana. Other issues include opposing the use of federal drug task force grants to militarize local law enforcement and resisting the over-regulation of Uber and other entrepreneurial transportation networks.

 

More information regarding specific states and issues can be found at Our America in the States, and at Lobby Days.

 

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The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors. Contributions and gifts to Our America Initiative are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.  
Saturday
Dec202014

OurAmericanInitiative - Gov Gary Johnson On Easing Relations with Cuba 

 

Governor Gary Johnson On Easing Relations With Cuba: “The Free Market is a More Powerful Force for Good Than Is a Government-Imposed Embargo.”


 

December 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT -- Governor Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, released the following statement regarding easing sanctions on Cuba:

 

“While reasonable people can disagree about the negotiations that were involved, easing restrictions and opening the door to broader economic and cultural relations with Cuba is the right thing to do -- and long overdue.

 

Free markets, open communications and opportunities for the Cuban people to see the benefits of a less antagonistic relationship with the U.S. will accomplish that which five decades of barriers clearly has not accomplished.

 

Make no mistake, the Castro regime has done nothing to deserve reward. But the Cuban people have done nothing to deserve being locked out of the opportunities that a better relationship with the U.S. will bring.

 

The free market is a more powerful, and certainly more positive, force for good than is a government-imposed embargo. Congress should act to remove the barriers the President cannot remove administratively, and end the failed policy of trying to reform another nation by isolating it.”

Thursday
Nov132014

Our American Initiative - Our America Issues Prevail at the Polls 

November 12, 2014, Santa Fe, NM -- While much of the attention from last week's election is focused on the outcomes of various Senate, House and gubernatorial races, a number of state and local initiatives co-sponsored, endorsed or supported by Our America were enacted by voters.
 
Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia all voted to legalize and regulate marijuana, joining Colorado and Washington. Our America was active in all three of those efforts, and Honorary Chairman Gov. Gary Johnson traveled to Alaska to personally urge support for that state’s historic legalization measure. Laws to reduce penalties for marijuana possession were enacted in both California and New Mexico.
 
Likewise, voters protected gaming from unnecessary government restriction in both Massachusetts and South Dakota. In Alabama, voters confirmed hunting rights, and in Massachusetts, a burdensome system of automatic gas tax increases was repealed.
 
And in Arizona, a ground-breaking law was passed to grant the “right to try” to patients with terminal illnesses who wish to try experimental medical treatments that have not yet been approved by the government.  Our America strongly supports the “right to try”, and looks forward to supporting similar measures across the nation.
 
Applauding these grassroots efforts, Governor Johnson said, "The fight for liberty isn't limited to the federal level. All across America, activists are working in their states and communities for smaller government and greater freedom. With this election behind us, Our America supporters are turning their attention to state legislative sessions next year and to other opportunities to advance liberty, economic freedom and smaller government. Last Tuesday’s results are a great start."
 

The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors.
Friday
Mar282014

OurAmericanInitiative - Liberty must be debated 

Friends,
 

Please visit OUR America's Debate Challenge today!

 

Tomorrow, I’m headed to Colorado for a weekend of events with great liberty activists. And just like their counterparts all across the country, one of the questions that will come up is: What do we need to do to be heard -- to put liberty front and center as the politicians and policy-makers make decisions that impact our freedoms and rights as individuals?

 

There is much we can do, but I remain convinced that one of the single most important -- and doable -- steps we can take is to break the stranglehold the Democrats and Republicans have on the nationally-televised presidential debates. Allowing an advocate for real liberty on the debate stage to challenge those who offer only different shades of big government will, in fact, make us heard.

 

You can help make that happen.  Go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and contribute what you can to provide the funds the Our America Initiative will use to pay the legal and communications costs of challenging the debate duopoly and giving America real choices.

 

Our legal team is working right now to take this fight to the nation’s highest courts, and frankly, we know we have a strong case.  But Our America will be going up against the bottomless pockets of the national Democrat and Republican parties and their corporate funders -- funders who will spend whatever it takes to preserve a big government system and the special interests it protects.

 

The Our America Initiative only has one special interest: You, and the freedoms you and I want to restore.  It’s up to us, and we need to raise $50,000 in the next very few weeks to complete our legal filings and mobilize the grassroots support we must have to counter the deep pockets of the privately-owned and operated Commission on Presidential Debates and its corporate sponsors.  Your support for Our America's Debate Challenge is critical.

 

Poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans want more choices. Giving them more choices in presidential debates will go a long way toward shaking up the system and breaking the status quo.  That’s why the Democrats and Republicans don’t want anyone else on THEIR debate stage.  It’s up to us to spoil the party.

 

Go to Our America today and join the fight.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks!


Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman