Gary Johnson on Technology

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor


No FBI backdoors to iPhones

We spoke at length about the FBI-Apple encryption dispute, which has occurred in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Johnson sided firmly with Apple, citing his concerns that creating backdoor access to all iPhones would pose security and privacy threats: "They're not providing one key to open the door, they're providing a master key that will open all the doors."

He expressed skepticism about the FBI's purported claim that they need Apple's cooperation in order to access a smartphone's internal data. He claimed to be "slain by the fact that the FBI does not have the capability to do this themselves." Since our conversation, the Department of Justice has suggested that the FBI may be closer to cracking into the iPhone without Apple's assistance.

Source: Breitbart.com, "Johnson & Apple encryption", by Tom Ciccotta , Mar 23, 2016

No government "back doors" into encrypted, private info

Gary Johnson has often said, "There is nothing wrong with the Internet that I want the government to fix." The Internet has literally changed the world, and has done so largely without interference from the government.

Yet, there are increasing calls for government regulation and intrusion into the Internet. Some politicians recently passed so-called Cyber Security legislation: the government is determined to insert itself into our freedom to communicate, conduct business and seek information via the Web.

The government is even demanding that it be granted special "back doors" into encrypted, private information held and moved by Internet providers. The excuse is security--a laughable concept from a government that has proven time after time to be incapable of protecting even the most basic data.

Gary Johnson has consistently opposed these attempts at government interference with the Internet, and as President, would return the government to the side of freedom and innovation--not regulation.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website GaryJohnson2016.com , Jan 11, 2016

No federal funding for mass transit

Gary Johnson has stated that he does not support federal funding for mass transit. Governor Johnson is an avid cyclist, but does not seem to have extended his love for the sport into the policy arena.
Source: CleanEnergy.org, "Where Gov. Johnson Stands on Energy" , Sep 18, 2012

Oversaw construction of 500 miles of new highway

During my 2-term tenure as governor, NM experienced the longest period without a tax increase in the state's entire history. Some of my other accomplishments included:
Source: Seven Principles, by Gary Johnson, p. 26 , Aug 1, 2012

Highway 44: Private alternatives to infrastructure spending

Gov. Johnson looked for private alternatives to the infrastructure spending that too often busts state budgets. For example, Highway 44 between Albuquerque and Farmington was "designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by a private company."
Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #9: Johnson , Jul 21, 2011

Opposes Net Neutrality; no government regulation of Internet

Governor Johnson also opposes so-called "Net Neutrality" regulations that would lead to a larger government role in the use of Internet bandwidth.
Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #9: Johnson , Jul 21, 2011

NM building twice as many 4-lane highways with no tax raise

I've moved the needle on every single issue that exists in this state. I'm talking about economic development, lower taxes--there hasn't been a single tax raise in five years, which has never happened before. There are 1200 fewer state employees today than when I took office, which means we're running a more efficient state government. We're building twice as many four-lane highways in the state and didn't raise taxes to do it. We're building a telecommunications infrastructure and prisons.
Source: Interview with David Sheff in Playboy Magazine , Jan 1, 2001

Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax.

Johnson adopted a letter to Congress from 44 Governors:

The nation’s governors have a strong and unified message to Congress: deal fairly with Main Street retailers, consumers, and local governments. In a letter sent to all members of Congress late Friday, 44 governors said:

If you care about a level playing field for Main Street retail businesses and local control of states, local governments, and schools, extend the moratorium on taxing Internet access ONLY with authorization for the states to streamline and simplify the existing sales tax system. To do otherwise perpetuates a fundamental inequity and ignores a growing problem.
The current moratorium on Internet access taxes, like those consumers pay to Internet service providers, and multiple and discriminatory taxes is scheduled to expire in October. The moratorium does not apply to sales taxes.

Currently, sales and use taxes are owed on all online transactions, but states are prohibited from requiring “remote sellers” to collect and remit those levies. A 1992 US Supreme Court decision said states can only require sellers that have a physical presence in the same state as the consumer to collect so-called use taxes. In instances when a seller does not have a physical presence, consumers are required to calculate and remit the taxes owed to their home states at the end of the year. The problem is most people are unaware that they’re supposed to pay, and states lack an effective enforcement mechanism. Online and catalog sellers, thereby, have a significant price advantage over Main Street businesses that must collect a sales tax on all transactions.

The loophole creates serious budget problems for schools, states, and local governments. A study estimated that states could lose as much as $14 billion by 2004 if they are unable to collect existing taxes on Web-based sales. Nearly half of state revenues come from sales taxes.

Source: NGA Press Release, "Level Playing Field" 01-NGA18 on Aug 20, 2001

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