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Johnson looks good except for the downside

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE -   Former Gov. Gary Johnson has been a busy guy. His website  “Johnson for America “ lists speeches and interviews for almost every day since the beginning of January. And the action will continue  —    for a number of reasons.

In a time of economic hardship for the country, Johnson’s message of ridding prisons of their huge population of non-violent drug offenders seems worth considering to many who previously couldn’t abide the idea. It not only would cut ongoing expenses, it would save the cost of building ever more prisons to house such inmates.

Then there is the notoriously expensive war on drugs, which we seem to be losing no matter what we try. Gradually Johnson’s message is gaining some traction among those who wonder if there might be a better way.

Johnson’s message is not totally on drugs. Limited government is becoming a more popular topic these days. Our former governor may forever hold the record of most vetoes by any governor —   ever. During his eight-year term, Johnson vetoed an average of almost 100 bills a year. It was more than all other

49 governors combined.

Why wouldn’t there be a tremendous interest in his ideas?


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