5 Conservative Reasons to Vote for Gary Johnson

3. An American success story.

Johnson is a legitimately inspiring candidate. Donald inherited his wealth and Hillary racked up money through graft, but Gary won his millions through honest entrepreneurship. As David French wrote in National Review in May:

Johnson is a self-made man, starting a handyman business in college that grew into a 1,000-employee construction firm. He ran for governor as a fiscal conservative in a blue state, won handily, and can now boast that he cut taxes, vetoed hundreds of bills, presided over significant job growth, balanced the state budget, and created a substantial reserve fund. He won reelection in a rout.

Johnson vetoed more bills than any other governor at the time, and pushed New Mexico in a free market, limited-government direction.

He is also a kind of Teddy Roosevelt, as French put it, "an adventurer politician." Johnson has run dozens of triathlons, climbed the highest mountain on all seven continents, and he built his house with his own hands. If that's not inspiring, I'm not sure what is.

4. The only fiscal conservative in the race.

Hillary Clinton has pledged to increase the size and scope of government, with a whole host of new programs and mandates. Donald Trump has pledged to cut taxes, but he has also promised not to reform entitlements.

"Neither Trump nor Clinton believe in free markets, I do believe that free markets would lead to more U.S. jobs, a growing economy," Johnson told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in September. "Nobody's talking about balancing the federal budget, nobody's talking about the threat of runaway government, nobody's talking about reforming Medicaid or Medicare."

These key free-market issues are left out in the cold in the binary race between Clinton and Trump. On trade, it's even worse.

Donald Trump has famously expressed deep skepticism about America's trade deals, holding out the threat of tariffs. Such aggressive trade policies have a very bad track record — one even started the Great Depression. Yet Hillary Clinton doesn't support free trade either: after independent Senator Bernie Sanders came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Clinton followed suit, despite having called it the "gold standard" of such deals.

Johnson, however, supports free trade — he is the only candidate on the ballot in all 50 states who does so. If you want a fiscally conservative president, Trump is not your best option, Johnson is.

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