Libertarian Party: Why a President Romney Would be More Dangerous than President Obama

The Libertarian Party released a press release following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare. It entails why electing Mitt Romney for President would be disastrous.

Republicans fiercely oppose, and often defeat Democratic Party attempts to massively expand government involvement in Health Care – such as HillaryCare.

But Democrats usually vote for Republican Party legislation to massively expand government’s role in Health Care.

Republican President George Bush’s $1.1 Trillion Government Prescription Drug Program was voted into law by Republicans and Democrats.

Republican Governor Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts state government expansion into Massachusetts health care – RomneyCare – was voted into law by both Republicans and Democrats. With virtually no resistance.

A Republican-controlled House of Representatives and US Senate would oppose Democratic President Barack Obama’s health care proposals.

But a Republican majority House of Representatives and US Senate would support and vote for a Republican President Mitt Romney’s Big Government health care proposals. And most Democrats in the House and Senate would, too.

Read the rest at LP.org: Supreme Court Obamacare Decision Highlights Why a President Romney Would be More Dangerous than President Obama

20 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: Why a President Romney Would be More Dangerous than President Obama

  1. Joe Buchman

    I found this statement to be bizarre, spoke to a current LNC executive committee member and described my reaction as:

    “Root: “It’s got to be Romney; LP: No, it’s got to be Obama.”

    No mention of Gary Johnson at all in the LP release, which I suppose is better than a statement that he can’t win?!?

    IMO In both cases we look like idiots.

    Where’s the unified message? Where’s the support of our candidate and most prominent spokesperson (at least for the next 130 days)? We can’t even get THAT out of the national LP HQ?

    http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/to?month=11&day=06&year=2012&hour=0000&min=00&sec=00&p0=263

  2. wolfefan

    Agreed, Joe. I think it’s a great idea to position the LP as over/against BOTH major parties, but this is sure a counter-productive way of doing it.

    Also, the capitalization in the release is just weird. Why is “Health Care” capitalized? or “Trillion (dollar) Government Prescription Drug Program?” I assume that whoever writes these started after Wes Benedict left – grammar was not a problem when he was there. Whether it’s Carla Howell actually writing them or a change in the editor’s assignment or something else, it just speaks of a lack of professionalism.

  3. zapper

    This is a bizarro press release. It should be immediatley UNreleased.

    This is actually worse than what Root has done in the past. It’s from the LNC?

    Where is Gary Johnson mentioned as the best alternative to the two big party candidates?

    What a waste of party resources and staff time.

    Perhaps this is a new sport: The foot-in-mouth-a-thon.

  4. Joe Buchman

    Zapper @ 3 — I’ve seen it described today on FB by someone I do not know as:

    “Libertarian Party releases first pro- Obama Re-Election Ad”

    Ron Paul’s response is, IMO, what the LP should have said.

    http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1987&Itemid=28

    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    “I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress.

    “Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate.’ The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.

    “Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.”

    THE LP SHOULD REMOVE THIS “PRO-OBAMA RE-ELECTION EDITORIAL/ADVERTISEMENT” and FIRE WHOEVER WROTE IT/REVIEWED IT/PUBLISHED IT.

    It’s not like this media release hadn’t been worked on for weeks. I gotta wonder what the one that they had prepared if the decision had gone the OTHER way would have looked like?

    “With the SCOTUS ruling Obamacare unconstitutional, it’s time to vote for Obama’s re-election because he won’t try this again, but Romney might . . .”

    I’ll bet that’s the essence of what it would have said. . . .

    Joe

  5. Joe Buchman

    Zapper @ 3 — It’s my impression (no facts, just impression) this was written by the LP Executive Director (who once ran a race against Romney . . . or still is), and not by the LNC, although I believe the Publications Review Committee has to sign off on these before they are published.

  6. Gene Berkman

    I understand the tactical issue here – Republicans in Congress are more likely to oppose statist initiatives by a Democrat President than if their own guy pushes them.

    This idea could be worked into a press release saying we can’t rely on Republicans to stop big government, without sounding like we want Obama re-elected.

    In 1994, Richard Rider was the Libertarian candidate against Gov. Pete Wilson in California, with Kathleen Brown (Jerry’s sister) as the Democrat. Wilson had betrayed conservatives by agreeing to tax hikes that Democrats in the legislature wanted, so Rider went after Republican votes.

    Richard Rider’s “strategy” was to say “a vote for the LP would help insure Wilson’s defeat, and then Republicans in the legislature would oppose Kathleen Brown’s version of big government, when they did not oppose Wilson’s.

    It looked good on paper, I am sure. But in fact, Republicans in the California legislature actually opposed Wilson on the tax hike, so Rider missed a chance to tie Wilson in with the big-government Democrats in the legislature.

    Worse, as with today’s LNC release, people thought he was saying it would be good for Kathleen Brown to be elected Governor.

    In the Republican primary that year, 657,000 Republicans voted for Ron Unz, who ran a libertarian themed challenge to Wilson. Rider was counting on getting those votes, but ended up with just 150,000 because of his confused message.

  7. George Phillies

    The press release does a great deal to cancel the impression that we are Republicans light or that we prefer Romney to Obama. Perhaps that is enough for one press release, and the next release pumps Johnson.

  8. Austin Battenberg Post author

    I was starting to get mad reading the comments but then George made a great point about how Libertarians are often times confused as Republican-lite. By attacking Romney exclusively, he may attract people who are more left leaning.

    The only reason why I don’t think this is the case is because we are talking about health care, and most liberals are supportive of big government health care, thus they wouldn’t agree with this press release regardless.

    Oh well, lets hope George is right and the LNC soon releases a press release promoting the only sane candidate in 2012.

  9. RedPhillips

    I was going to say this is a bad press release, but I see several others beat me to it.

    The initial press release following a gigantic news story like this should scream from the rooftops about how this was an obnoxious decision and how the LP opposes forcing people to buy health insurance. This release is instead making a petulant and pedantic point. The time for that is later.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp

    The point the press release makes is fairly good. It might even make a decent talking point as a minor piece of a larger conversation between, say, Gary Johnson and an interviewer.

    But the LP would be well-advised to relentlessly focus on promoting its own candidates, not arguing over which of the other parties’ candidates would be better or worse, with its press releases.

    It’s messed up in the same way that most of Root’s pieces on the presidential race are, but it’s even worse because his stuff can be disavowed by the LP, while this is FROM the LP.

    The strange capitalizations are likely an artifact of the “marketing sales letter” style of writing for which Ms. Howell and Michael Cloud are well-known.

    Apropos of the SCOTUS ruling, the Center for a Stateless Society has two pieces out on it — one by me, one by Kevin Carson.

  11. Chuck Moulton

    Joe Buchman wrote (@1):

    “Root: “It’s got to be Romney; LP: No, it’s got to be Obama.”

    No mention of Gary Johnson at all in the LP release, […]

    Where’s the unified message? Where’s the support of our candidate and most prominent spokesperson (at least for the next 130 days)? We can’t even get THAT out of the national LP HQ?

    I strongly agree.

    Joe Buchman wrote (@4):

    Ron Paul’s response is, IMO, what the LP should have said.

    I strongly agree.

    Tom Knapp wrote (@10):

    But the LP would be well-advised to relentlessly focus on promoting its own candidates, not arguing over which of the other parties’ candidates would be better or worse, with its press releases.

    I strongly agree.

  12. LibertarianGirl

    I completely agree also , I havent even read the release but I got annoyed just reading the title. We should not be debating why the lesser evil is less evil…..

  13. Indy

    There is no lesser evil.

    There is no lesser evil.

    There is no lesser evil.

    Get a chalkboard and assign the writer of the press release to write that 1,000 times in chalk.

  14. Stewart Flood

    This is an election year, and we have our nomineee.

    I believe press releases related to government policy or action at the Federal level should be coordinated with the candidate.

    As noted by others above, this is about a united front to face down BOTH the democrats and republicans.

    We are not, and should not be viewed as republican lite. We should also not be viewed as democrat lite. I’m not sure which one is “less filling,” but certainly neither one “tastes great.”

  15. paulie

    New email from Gary Johnson

    Friends,

    Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign says they have received $1 million in
    contributions since the Supreme Court essentially upheld Obama’s
    health care law.

    This is the same Mitt Romney who created the template for Obama’s plan in Massachusetts. And the same Mitt Romney who has promised to
    appoint more ‘John Roberts’ to the Supreme Court – the same Chief
    Justice Roberts who was the pivotal vote to uphold the individual healthcare mandate by calling it a tax.

    The irony of Gov. Romney receiving $1 million from people wanting
    Obama’s law repealed is unbelievable. Those people need to know there is another choice in November than between a Republican who, until he was running for President, led the way toward the nationalized health care the Court upheld today – and a Democrat who was only too happy to take the Romney health care ball and run with it.

    Help us make sure the American people know they have another option.
    Go to http://www.garyjohnson2012.com and make a contribution to the campaign that is fighting for real freedom and getting the government out of our health care and our daily lives.

    You and I know there is a better way than to simply replace this
    President and his friends in Congress with the same Establishment
    Republicans who gave us a bank-busting drug benefit and who have
    promised to replace the Democrat national health care with their own
    version.

    Today’s Supreme Court ruling simply confirms that the government in
    Washington has moved us so far away from freedom, liberty, and letting
    the marketplace work without government mandates that timid
    adjustments and political posturing simply won’t help. We need bold
    leadership and a President who is not afraid to do the right thing and
    challenge the status quo. I pledge to do just that.

    But I need your help. America needs to know there is a better way and
    a choice in November that isn’t a half-hearted compromise. And it is
    up to us to tell them. We would love to have $1 million land in our
    account just because people are angry at the Supreme Court – but it
    won’t happen unless friends and supporters like you go to
    http://www.garyjohnson2012.com today and make a contribution that will help
    us get the message out that freedom and liberty and financial sanity
    do not have to be compromised.

    Go to http://www.garyjohnson2012.com, please, and help us show America that we don’t have to stand by and watch as the politicians and their
    judges trample the Constitution.

    Thank you,

    Gov. Gary Johnson

    P.S. There is only one candidate for President on the ballot in all 50
    states who has NEVER advocated having the government force us to buy something, like health insurance. http://www.garyjohnson2012

  16. JT

    Flood: “I believe press releases related to government policy or action at the Federal level should be coordinated with the candidate.”

    I agree. The national office should be working closely with & supporting GJ’s campaign as much as it’s legally allowed to do so. A national election only happens once every four years, and there has to be strong synergy there to take full advantage of the opportunity.

  17. Chuck Moulton

    Stewart Flood wrote (@15):

    I believe press releases related to government policy or action at the Federal level should be coordinated with the candidate.

    I completely agree that the national office ought to be coordinating with the Gary Johnson campaign. Every press release ought to include a Gary Johnson quote in my opinion.

    However, I would not jump to the conclusion that lack of coordination of the national office with the Johnson campaign is the fault of the national office. Based on my own dealings (as a state chair) and the dealings of neighbors (like D.C.) with the Johnson campaign, they are completely unresponsive to necessary communications about important things like lawsuits and ballot access. Therefore it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the national office tried to coordinate with the Johnson campaign on press releases, the Johnson campaign would never respond, and the national office decided to go ahead with uncoordinated releases rather than shutting down sending any timely press releases at all.

  18. langa

    Anyone who sees any meaningful difference (from a libertarian perspective) between Obama and Romney, or believes that one of them would be “better” or “worse” from a libertarian perspective, clearly doesn’t understand what libertarianism is all about. It makes about as much sense as debating who was more “libertarian”: Hitler or Stalin?

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