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Thursday
Jan302014

OurAmericanInitiative - GOV. GARY JOHNSON’S REACTION TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

January 28, 2014, New York, NY -- Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

 

“Since President Obama’s State of the Union speech last year, the national debt has increased by more than $700 billion.  Millions of Americans are or will soon see their insurance cancelled, altered or rendered substantially more expensive -- and their health care choices now made by the government.  And when it comes to civil liberties and fundamental freedoms, Americans are today more fearful of their own government than of outside threats.

 

“These are realities that no rhetoric can disguise. The President spoke of building “new ladders of opportunity”. As long as our President and the Congress continue to add to the burden of debt on every American and continue to make us less free, the ladder of opportunity will just become more and more difficult to climb.  

 

“Americans don’t need a speech to know that the state of the Union is precarious, and will remain so until politicians of both parties abandon the failed idea that the federal government can somehow spend and manipulate us into prosperity and real opportunity.

 

“We’ve tried the approach of addressing the nation’s challenges with more government, more programs, and dollars we don’t have.  The President’s speech tonight suggested more of the same. I believe America is ready to try something different, like less government, less debt and more freedom to build our own ladders of opportunity.”

 
 

About Governor Gary Johnson: A two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, Gary Johnson has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. As the Libertarian candidate for President in 2012, he received more votes than any Libertarian candidate in history. An outspoken pro-Constitution libertarian, Johnson opposes American involvement in foreign conflicts with no clear U.S. interest. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. Johnson advocates cutting federal spending dramatically to achieve a balanced budget and make government live within its means without raising taxes. He believes real job creation and economic opportunity can be best achieved through smaller government and less regulation. The National Review rated Johnson as "#1" in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on six of the seven continents, including Mount Everest.

 

OUR America Initiative seeks to broaden the parameters of the public policy debate in the national arena. We look to enlighten Americans about civil liberties, free enterprise, limited government, and the traditional American values of freedom and liberty. It is our aim to increase discussion and involvement regarding all-important issues of the day.

Saturday
Jan042014

OurAmericanInitiative - A great year for Liberty 

Friends,

 

I believe 2014 will be a great year for Liberty.

 

Why? First, America has never been more fed up with big government. From learning of the NSA’s abuses to experiencing the realities of government-run healthcare, Americans of all political persuasions are feeling the force of government in their personal lives like never before.

 

The result is that Americans are entering the New Year -- which happens to be an election year -- ready to try something that has been seriously neglected in recent years: Freedom from government that does too much and costs too much.

 

The other reason I believe 2014 will be a great year for Liberty is YOU, and thousands like you who know that change doesn’t happen without effort. We have a historic opportunity in 2014 to put the brakes on out-of-control government and remind the American people -- and the politicians -- that the strength of our nation lies not in government, but in the freedom to pursue dreams, live our lives without unnecessary interference, and seize the opportunities that only a free market can provide.

 

In the weeks and months ahead, with your support, the Our America Initiative will mobilize activists in every state, produce videos such as this, and take a long overdue conversation about Liberty to the the news media and the social media universe.  

 

As Our America’s Honorary Chairman, I’m counting on you to help me make 2014 the year when the politicians can no longer push freedom aside in their determination to make government bigger and to control our lives.  

 

Your contribution of $5, $25, $100 or more today at Our America will make it possible for us to kick off 2014 with the impact that Liberty deserves.  I’m excited about the year ahead, and excited to have your support. The time is NOW.

 

Thank you, and Best Wishes for a happy, prosperous, and FREE 2014!

 

 

Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

 

             

 

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Friday
Dec062013

OurAmericanInitiative - It’s not about a website 

Friends,

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m growing a bit tired of news stories about the daily status of the government’s Affordable Care Act website.  The website isn’t the problem!  

 

Sure, the fact that hundreds of millions of our tax dollars were spent to build a website that doesn’t work is important -- and a glaring example of what happens when the government tries to do something that is better left to the private sector.  

 

But as I have said in several media interviews recently, the website is just the tip of the iceberg.The REAL problem is the government takeover of healthcare that it represents.Let’s not forget, the politicians justified President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, on two basic claims: First, it would make healthcare more affordable, and second, it would make it more accessible. 

 

As is now becoming clear, they lied. Many of us knew at the time that the math simply didn’t add up, and more importantly, we knew that putting the government squarely in the middle of any marketplace will NOT reduce costs or improve services.  But now, as the realities of cancelled insurance policies, higher premiums for new policies, and the growing list of private healthcare providers who are not going to participate set in, the rest of America is seeing the truth.

 

Even young people, who are key to making the President’s economic redistribution plan work, are seeing through the scheme. Just this week, a poll conducted by Harvard University found that only 1 in 5 “Millennials” plan to sign up for insurance under the new law.  No surprise there. With premiums inflated to subsidize older Americans, and a penalty that is less than the cost of coverage, why would anyone expect them to sign up?

 

When government makes promises it cannot keep, people get hurt.  Just look at Detroit, where bankruptcy and the consequences thereof are now real.  When all is said and done, the Affordable Care Act is nothing more than a massive promise that the government cannot keep -- and now tens of millions of Americans are seeing the cost of that promise first-hand.

 

What those Americans need to understand now is that there ARE ways to reduce healthcare costs and make it accessible to more people. Instead of government mandates, we need freedom from government interference. “Blow the lid off supply”, as I frequently say, and the marketplace will provide better service at lower costs.  And for those who truly need assistance, get the federal bureaucrats out of the way and allow the states to innovate and tailor programs for their specific needs.  As a Governor, I found that Medicaid costs could be cut significantly without sacrificing care.  

 

Through the Our America Initiative, we are highlighting these free market, innovative approaches. We have held events and even a Google Hangout to bring together health care experts and free market advocates to explore alternatives to Obamacare that will, in fact, reduce costs and increase care.

 

This is a conversation that MUST take place, but on a truly national scale.  You can help us kick off that conversation by going to OurAmericaInitiative.com and making a contribution -- large or small -- that will allow us to reach those millions of Americans who are just now seeing the harsh reality of the government’s healthcare takeover. As we reach out to those Americans with real alternatives, I am confident they will join us in demanding that the government stop making promises it can’t keep.

 

The time is NOW.  

 

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!


 

Governor Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

 

             

 

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Thursday
Nov282013

OurAmericanInitiative - Giving thanks 

 

Friends, 

 
As we all get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, whether it be gathering with family and friends or just taking a break from hectic lives, I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere THANKS to you.  Thanks for your friendship, and especially, thanks for your support of the Our America Initiative and the important work we are doing.
 
The fight for Liberty, individual freedom and economic opportunity has never been more important, and as I travel the country and talk to people from all walks of life, I am more convinced every day that America has never been more ready to listen to our alternatives to big government, endless deficit spending and needless foreign interventions.  
 
As the Honorary Chairman of Our America, I get to make the speeches, do the media interviews and put a voice to our beliefs and principles.  However, it is you, Our America’s supporters and friends, who give us the strength and the resources to take the fight for Liberty to every state and every community.
 
For that, I am personally grateful, and on behalf of the Our America Initiative, I want to express our thanks for all you do -- and for all we will be able to accomplish together in the months and years ahead.
 
Have a GREAT Thanksgiving! 
 
Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman

Wednesday
Nov062013

NSA Google Hangout with Gov. Gary Johnson 

Each and every day, we learn more about the extent to which NSA's spying and data collection are being targeted not just toward foreign threats, but toward American citizens.

 

Thursday night, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. PST/ 10 p.m. ESTGovernor Johnson will host a special Google Hangout to specifically discuss the NSA, its abuses, and what can be done to protect our 4th Amendment rights

 

Gary Johnson looks forward to hearing from you!



P.S. Spread the word! Please share this with your friends on Social Media.

 

                  

 

How to watch Google Hangout!

If you are unable to join the hangout via webcam, you can either watch it live on Google Plus or YouTube.

If you can't join us live, you can  watch the Hangout later on YouTube.

How to participate in the Google Hangout!

To participate, you will need a web camera with a microphone, and we recommend you use Google Chrome as your web browser to minimize any technical issues.

If you have a Google Plus account, make sure to add Gov. Gary Johnson to your circle or click here to email us with your email address so that we can add you on our end ahead of time.    

So how do you join?

A few minutes before the Hangout goes live, we will paste the private hangout link on our social media pages: Google+ Event page, Facebook etc.

Next, the first nine people to click on the Hangout link and join the event will be first in line to ask questions. If you are one of those first nine, you should you see your picture at the bottom of the screen.


If you are in line to ask a question, please be sure to mute your mic until Gov. Gary Johnson says your name -- to avoid background noise.

Finally, after you have asked your question, please leave the live Hangout and continue to watch on YouTube or Google+ so others can get a turn to ask questions.


For those who are waiting to ask a question, we recommend you have two screens open: one to watch the town hall and one to click on the link to join the online Google Hangout. If you are unable to join at first, keep trying.

Please note that, once you see your video pop up along the bottom of the Hangout screen, close your other screen to avoid audio feedback,  -- and wait for your turn.