John Boyer is the son of a barber and a housewife. They never made a lot of money and being an only child, he was asked to inherit his father's barbershop. But John declined to attend Penn State University in 1983, shortly after acquiring his BA in business his father had died. His mother tried to survive on her husbands' Social Security benefits but struggled. In 1991, Boyer received his Juris Doctorate in law from Yale University. He spent several years in the 1990s at a law firm handling civil cases. Eventually, he made enough money to buy a house with a guest house where his mother could sleep. In 1996, many former case clients helped bankroll his Pennsylvania House of Representatives run and again in 2000 for his congressional seat, which he also won.
Career in politics
Though becoming elected in 1996, he is counted in the "second batch" of the Morganites that took over several state legislatures and solidified their lead in the U.S. Congress.His congressional career was characterized by staunch opposition to President Raymond's agenda. While in office, he voted against many of his proposals but supported many libertarian bills that passed through Congress.Boyer was selected by Governor Bud McMurray to be his running-mate in the 2008 presidential election. The two men defeated the Democratic nominee and won re-election in 2012 after the Great Recession was blamed on the incumbent party. His two terms as Vice President was characterized by being head of independent commissions set up by President McMurray.
He announced his candidacy for president in the 2016 election cycle.
Political positions of John Boyer
Boyer is described as a center-right libertarian politician.
He supports a revision of the federal tax code by eliminating "double taxation" from both state and federal income taxes. He also supports abolishing the IRS.
He has made the point that while he was in office that he "didn't and never wanted to create jobs" while serving in Congress. He claims that it is not the government's job to create jobs but instead the job of the market to do so. He also advocates eliminating unnecessary burdensome regulations on many industries.
He champions the idea of personal freedom much like his predecessors William Morgan and Bud McMurray, who advocated the same. He supports individual initiative and proposes eliminating threats to the Bill of Rights, claiming that "government is not the answer."
NATIONAL DEFENSE AND FOREIGN POLICY
Boyer advocates the concept of "non-interventionism" and has entertained the idea of "isolationism." He has claimed that "America is not the world's policeman." He has frequently expressed anti-globalist views. He, however, supports what he calls "a strong military force at home," which he claims the Democrats have been trying to dismantle for nearly forty years and "a major factor in why the world thinks Americans are weak." He has suggested cutting the defense budget and outsourcing defensive activities to private organizations.
A small section of Republicans have supported the idea of a border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border but as Vice President, Boyer visited the border city of El Paso; suggested the best way to mitigate spillage over the border would be to create what he calls a "Fast Track" pass to speed immigrants on a strictly probationary basis toward citizenship. But also ensuring that the U.S. government's role is fairly limited and that the Fast Track immigrants would be allowed to work with Visas for many regional corporations but severely restricted from their use of money. The immigrants would not be able to send money they made in America to Mexico or any other country.
He supports upholding many of Morgan's stances and proposals, like legal prostitution, gambling and pornography. He vows to clamp down on certain state laws that promote extreme duration prison sentences.
INTERNET FREEDOM AND SECURITY
Vice President Boyer has often said that,"there is nothing wrong with the Internet that I want the government to fix." He has heard what he claims to be the Democrats increased calls for internet regulation and intrusion onto the internet. He has spoken openly about his opposition to an "Internet Kill Switch" which he states that Democrats will only use in emergencies. He suggests that in an emergency," the Internet is the one thing you want available." He posits that keeping the government from the internet is only way to allow unfettered innovation and progress.
Boyer believes that the governments only job is to enforce laws and protect citizens. He thinks that it is the governments duty to protect natural resources and parks from human activity. He states that "preventing a polluter from harming our water or air is one thing. Deciding in Washington, DC, that one source of energy should be subsidized and others penalized is a different matter." Though he doesn't flatly deny climate change, he has expressed his view that humans are accelerating climate catastrophes. He has vowed to continue to support alternative fuel sources and a kind of weening off of fossil fuels but does not share the view that the government should regulate carbon footprints.
He advocates school choice as well as abolishing the Department of Education and limiting the power's of the teacher's unions claiming that the union members only care about their pensions and not being educators. He suggests that there is no role for government in education. He would return control of education to state and local levels. He opposes any short of national curriculum and believes the key to restoring education excellence in the U.S. lies in the innovation, freedom and flexibility that federal interference inherently discourages.
Boyer has never advocated abortion or taxpayer funding for it. However, Vice President Boyer recognizes the right of a woman to choose is the law of the land today, and has been for many decades. He believes that this right must be respected, and ultimately he believes this is a very personal and individual decision. He feels that each woman must be allowed to make decisions about her own health and well-being. He also feels strongly that women seeking to exercise their legal right must not be subjected to persecution or denied access to health services by politicians in Washington or elsewhere. But, he has supported a ban on late term abortions. He has suggested that adoption is a far better option to abortion.
Not since the completion of the interstate highway system many decades ago has there been a clear vision for the federal government’s role in surface transportation. Boyer states that he will direct policy authority, funding and responsibilities to the states, which are in the best position to assess infrastructure needs and develop strategies to manage them.
Both the economy and environment benefit from technological breakthroughs. High-capacity, long-life batteries; fuel cells; the high-efficiency “smart” electricity grid; clean coal and other technologies can help improve the environment, increase efficiency and conserve energy. Unreasonable barriers to their development should be identified and removed to help make them a reality. Washington assumes authority that does not exist in pursuit of reckless regulations that will kill jobs. Boyer will bring common sense and science to energy regulation in order to properly balance environmental stewardship and job creation. Sourcing all our energy from North America and eliminating our reliance on overseas energy makes America safer and stronger. He suggested opening up oil extraction in the Alaskan Territory, the Gulf states and in California, which he claims would create jobs.
Almost half of the Commerce Department’s budget goes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service and its satellites, and the National Hurricane Center. These and other efforts align closely with the work of the Department of Interior to preserve and safeguard America’s natural resources and, after a review to eliminate duplication, would be moved there. The Department’s International Trade Administration ineffectively brings together trade promotion, trade agreement enforcement, and data collection and analysis functions that are not natural fits. The trade promotion work and efforts that prevent sensitive technology from being used against America would go to the State Department. Trade enforcement and compliance work are better suited at the International Trade Commission. The Economic Development Administration’s grant programs for local communities would be carefully analyzed for duplication and those not eliminated would be transferred to HUD where they would be returned to states and communities in large flexible block grants. Trade adjustment efforts could be transferred to the Department of Labor, where a trade adjustment program already exists.
For the last twenty years, MorCare has been in place in America. A beacon of American achievement utilizing free market-based solutions for healthcare. Boyer believes in strengthening of the program to account for the generation of baby boomers that have begun to retire. He claims that "though the prices of care have gone up, so has the quality." However, a survey was published in 2014 that stated that the U.S. had "the most expensive and least effective healthcare systems in the world."
Boyer is a staunch supporter of gun rights and has railed against gun control laws instead supporting the proliferation of concealed carry licenses nationwide and striking down any anti-gun legislation. He has opposed Governor Pearson's proposal of bullet control.