Gary Johnson on Jobs
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Martin Heinrich (D): Yes. Raise to $15.
Gary Johnson (L): No. Eliminate federal minimum wage.
Mick Rich (R): "Remove all regulations that discourage hiring."
JOHNSON: Yeah. But I just think it should be 75 bucks an hour. I mean let's just go straight to prosperity.
WELD: You're kidding, right?
JOHNSON: I am totally kidding. But when you say 75 bucks, I think people get it. "Well, gee, you can't afford $75." Well, my question is how can you afford $15? It's minimum wage; that's the definition. Government setting a minimum wage. Come on.
Q: Meaning government shouldn't?
JOHNSON: Yeah, shouldn't.
Government can't grow us out of this mess--government is the problem. Radical tax reform and spending discipline can bring America back. Let's get America working again.
A: Absolutely not. For as obsessed as the administration appears to be with creating jobs this is one more example of fewer jobs. 2012 is an opportunity for GOP to show we're the party who'll get our fiscal house in order.
JOHNSON: Well absolutely not, I think that repealing or doing away with the corporate income tax is simply getting us back to where we were and we need to understand that the corporate income tax is a double tax. And with regard to unemployment benefits, I'm in the camp that believes that we as individuals, we need a bit of help, so government helps out but at the point at which it runs out, that's when we really deal with the problems that we have as individuals. That's when we deal with those problems. So does government actually perhaps make the problem worse, as opposed to better, by having a finite amount of time that you would receive unemployment benefits?
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