This party’s military downsizing plan makes Obama look like piker
by Don McKee
March 16, 2014 10:52 PM | 2793 views | 3 3 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
Don McKee
Which is the third largest political party in Georgia?

The Libertarian Party of Georgia gives itself that designation. And it’s correct. In the 2010 governor’s race, Libertarian John Monds got 103,194 votes, or 4.01 percent, coming in third behind Roy Barnes with 43 percent and winner Nathan Deal with 53 percent. In a really tight race, 4 percent of the conservative vote that Libertarians represent could help elect a Democrat.

That’s a lot bigger percentage than the Libertarian presidential candidate, former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, attracted in his 2012 run. He was on the ballot in 48 states and the District of Columbia and won 1,275,951 votes, less than one percent.

The Libertarian Party of Georgia held its annual state convention in Marietta earlier this month, nominating a slate of candidates for the 2014 elections. The LPG nominee for governor is Andrew Hunt, founder and former CEO of the nanotechnology company, nGimat. If voters are looking for a high-tech candidate, Hunt might have the credentials. He holds a B.S. in geology from Auburn, a master’s in geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech.

The LPG nominee for the U.S. Senate to succeed Saxby Chambliss is Amanda Swafford, “making her the first female candidate for U.S. Senate nominated in 2014,” the party says. Her experience consists of a term on the Flowery Branch City Council.

For Public Service Commission District 4, the Libertarian candidate is Aaron Gilmer, an auditor with Automatic Data Processing and longtime volunteer with the Georgia Aquarium. The PSC seat is held by Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. of Clarkesville. He has two Republican primary opponents and there’s one Democrat challenger unopposed in the primary.

The LPG claims “to be the only party in Georgia focused on making government smaller, reducing the burdensome taxes and standing up for more freedom.” But the party says it faces “burdensome restrictions” to getting on the ballot for state legislative races.

The national Libertarian Party came out with its own proposals for downsizing the U.S. military in response to President Obama’s plan. Libertarian proposals include immediately withdrawing all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and: “Stay out of Syria, Ukraine and every other foreign conflict.”

And the list goes on: “Close unneeded U.S. military bases and outposts in more than 130 countries around the world and bring our troops home. First on the list are the massive deployments in Germany, Italy, South Korea and Japan — countries that can fund their own military defense.

“Close at least half of the nation’s 4,402 domestic Department of Defense sites. Use 100 percent of operating cost savings to reduce the federal income tax, balance the federal budget or both. Sell off all foreign and domestic real estate holdings of closed military bases and DoD sites while requiring that all proceeds be used to pay down existing government debt.”

The proposals should stir some national dialogue, particularly on “unneeded U.S. military bases and outposts” in other countries.

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March 17, 2014

You don't seem to be too concerned about how the republican party in Georgia never tells us of their desire/intent to focus on "making government smaller, reducing the burdensome taxes and standing up for more freedom".

Why is that? Is smaller government, reducing burdensome taxes and more freedom not something the Republican party should be talking to us about?

Why do the Republicans not talk about these things...instead of:

- another SPLOST;

- a fractional SPLOST;

- Senate Bill 353 removing barriers that allow tax abatements on any type of project in the name of economic development;

- big tax breaks for the deep pockets in the Chamber of Commerce;

- eminent domain to take old ladies property;

- big BOND issues to pay for property(at inflated prices) for well connected Chamber cronies;

Don, you may want to disparage the Libertarian party as part of your party hack work...because many Libertarians seem to be tired of the dead and broken bodies coming back from wars that should have been over a looooooonnnnnng time ago, but for the limp spines (crony interests?) of republicans (and dems , too).

I hope you will put your objective head into the matter and stop mocking people who espouse the virtues of smaller government, freedom and less taxation. I hope you will also get a grip on just what the heck the republican party has done/is doing to this country and this community.

You might be a crony, if you think the republicans are fiscally conservative, for small government and big believers fairness, free markets and personal liberties...cuz the days when that description applied are long, long gone in Cobb county/nationally.

I hope the republicans can get things together ...but it is going to mean more of a focus by the republican establishment (local and national) on making government smaller, reducing the burdensome taxes and standing up for more personal freedom...things that those "dastardly" libertarians understand, cherish and are talking about and pushing for.

Ben Twomey
March 17, 2014
And just what politician, with zero or limited miltary experience, and zero defense knowledge, would they assign to decided which are "unneeded" either here or abroad.

What nobody, inclding the dunce in the White House, realizes is that defense spending, besides affording us the ability to defend our country against invasion, except by illegal immigrants, is that it employs a great many people in and out of uniform and creates untold business opportunities.

In addition, our miliary bases and personnel bolster the economoy of some of our allies and the removal of same would have serious repercussions.
March 21, 2014
So true Ben if it weren't for the military and wars what would America produce, nothing. The military isn't just our business, it's our only business!
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