Skip to comments.Goode outlines goals if elected president
Posted on 07/05/2012 9:08:46 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
Presidential candidate Virgil Goode, speaking in Martinsville on Tuesday, cited the need for significant, across-the-board cuts in federal spending to balance the budget; congressional term limits; repeal of Obama health care reform; tougher immigration policies; and reigning in federal secondary education regulations.
Goode, the Constitution Partys candidate for president, addressed the Martinsville Rotary Club at its dinner meeting at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. About 20 people attended.
Goode, 65, of Rocky Mount, was in Virginias Senate from 1973 to 1996. He then served six terms in Congress before he lost his seat to Democrat Tom Perriello in 2008. Perriello was defeated by current 5th District U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Chatham, two years later. A Democrat when he was first elected to Congress, Goode later became an independent and then a Republican.
Goode said the federal government needs a balanced budget soon, not in five to 10 years.
He said President Obamas proposed budget, with a $1.3 trillion deficit, and the House Republicans budget plan by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, with a deficit of more than $600 billion, both fall short of what this country needs.
Weve got to make hard choices. Its difficult to do it, Goode said of the need to cut spending and balance the budget.
To get a balanced budget, you have to cut discretionary spending, he said.
He noted the House GOP budget increases defense spending. But he said spending shouldnt be increased in one area when the budget needs balancing; spending needs to be cut across the board. He noted he has been a supporter of defense spending in the past.
He added, though, he would not want to cut direct benefits to veterans or military pay.
Goode said the federal government should withdraw from its over-reaching regulation of local school systems. He added those regulations are tremendously expensive to local school systems and the state. He noted that he voted against No Child Left Behind legislation. His campaign website says he is opposed to national testing of public school students, he supports ending the federal Department of Education, and that local education decisions should be left the states and localities.
Among the other examples he listed where he thinks federal spending cuts are needed are foreign aid, agriculture, commerce and energy. The list goes on and on, Goode said.
He said term limits are needed in the U.S. House and Senate for a number of reasons. A major reason, he said, is that he thinks federal legislators are more interested in raising money to get re-elected and avoiding controversy so as to not make people or groups mad than they are about doing whats right.
On immigration, he expressed opposition to whats known as anchor babies, in which illegal immigrants come into this country, have a baby and the baby automatically becomes a U.S. citizen and is entitled to many benefits.
He also said it has been estimated that more than 64,000 illegal immigrants graduate from U.S. high schools every year. Using a conservative estimate of $10,000 a year to educate a student, thats $640 million, according to figures Goode provided.
He said tougher immigration policies are needed.
His campaign website says he supports reducing legal immigration and stopping illegal immigration.
On a number of other issues, he said:
He would give zero foreign aid to Pakistan.
If Social Security benefits were extended to same-sex couples, the financial impact would be enormous.
Youre talking billions, he said.
Goode is opposed to gay marriages/civil unions and supports the federal Marriage Protection Amendment, according to his website.
He said he thinks its very unlikely Obama health care reform will be repealed, even if presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wins the election and Republicans have a majority in both houses of Congress because of the vote margin required for repeal.
However, Goode said he favors repeal of Obamacare. He said he thinks such a repeal would benefit small businesses.
He said we all want affordable health care, but with the large federal deficit and federal debt, the country cant afford Obama health care reform.
In an interview, he said weve got a little over 4,000 of the signatures required to get on the Virginia ballot and are working to collect more. More than 10,000 signatures of registered voters at least 400 from each congressional district are required.
Enough signatures have been collected for Goode to be on the ballot in 17 states, he said.
Virgil Goode Ping!
I much prefer Virgil Goode rather than Romney or Obama. However, I will probably check the box for Tom Hoefling, whose emphases I prefer over those of Virgil Goode.
(In before the Stepford FReepers)
Just write yourself in, it will be more useful. Or just go ahead and vote for Urkel which is the same as voting for Mr. Goode.
Goode Grief, Charlie Brown!
He can’t win his seat in congress.
He draws 20 people to his big rally.
And some people are counting on him?????????????
Unless we vote against the Democrat nominee, we may end up with a social liberal. Oh, wait....
Seriously, the Republican Party has drifted so far left that it has left the social conservatives behind. Let those who disdain us go ahead with their fearmongering. We’ve already lost all of the political battles. We have nothing left to fear.
Will Obama legalize abortion? Already done by a Supreme Court that contained 7 of 9 justices nominated by Republican Presidents.
Will Obama legalize homosexuality? Already done by a Supreme Court that contained 5 of 9 justices nominated by Republican Presidents.
Will be fined, fired, kept from graduating from college, or jailed for simply stating that we believe that homosexuality is wrong? That is already being done to hundreds across our country.
The fearmongers have been so successful that we now have a choice between Romney and Obama. We really have nothing left to fear. Flame away. I don’t have a dog in this Presidential hunt.
I like that.
He cant win his seat in congress.
He draws 20 people to his big rally.
And some people are counting on him?????????????
I'm scared mommy, hold me!
(In after the Pat Myself on the Backers)
You are correct. If this guy cannot even win his small congressional district, how can he win the presidency? People told us not to support Rick Santorum because he lost his Pennsylvania Senate seat.... “Santorum can’t even win his own state!” Goode has never even won a state wide election.
And Goode was a Democrat in the 90s. Remember when people told us that we could not support Rick Perry because he was a democrat in the 80s?
These people are no better than leftists, because they will not allow you to have an opinion that is independent of their own. If you refuse to vote for Mitt Romney, you are the enemy, and from that point on their only mission is to mock you, shout you down and do everything in their power to keep your ideas from being heard.
Very sad, really. They claim to call themselves conservatives.
Even a nominee with a zero name recognition four months prior to the general election will get some votes. But is that the hill you want to die on?
I will not vote for a spoiler.
Oh great, just what we need. Yet another conservative third party to help split the vote up.
Dear United States of America,
Protest votes worked for us.
Sounds Goode to me. I’ll have to contact the campaign to see if they’re working to get on the ballot in NJ.
You should be scared if you’re counting on Goode to save you from Obama.
To quote from The Fly, “Be afraid, be very afraid.”
Which Conservative are you voting for? Right now the liberal vote is split between mitt and obie, so tell me which Conservative you think we should rally behind? I will gladly pull the lever for the best Conservative.
Picking which pretend candidate to “vote” for: all the stupidity of arguing angels on the head of a pin, but now with dangerous consequences. How quaint.
I plan on voting for Virgil Goode of the Constitution party.
I looked briefly at Tom Hoefling of the America's party. And his platform looks okay, but I don't see where Tom has ever run for anything or won an election. And he also doesn't physically look very presidential to me, perhaps its the yellow teeth.
Neither party platform is perfect.
The Constitution party platform calls for a gold standard, a ridiculously backward and stupid idea. Fortunately Goode hasn't seem to adopted that as his own.
The America's party wants to repeal the income tax. Another ridiculous idea that would leave governmental revenues completely dependent on the whims of consumer psychology.
The Constitution party has been around since 1991. The America's party was founded by Alan keyes in 2004 after he lost the Republican primary and wanted to run as an independent and decided he couldn't ally with the Constitution party.
In 2008, Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution party got 0.15% of the vote, while Alan Keyes of the America's party got 0.04% of the vote.
Beats the hell out of dying on the Obama or Romney hills. Yeah, since those are the choices, I'll vote for someone who shares my values. And if I die on that hill, then I'll die knowing I never voted for a flaming liberal for President.
One could say the same of the insults and ad hominem attacks leveled at ABO voters from the ABR crowd. I’ve been told I’m going to Hell for voting Romney if he’s the Rep. candidate, that I will need to “repent” and God “MAY” forgive me, that I’m complicit in whatever Romney’s sins are (I assume that applies to the other side as well since no one is above reproach according to Scripture).
I’ve also been told I’m no kind of conservative, that I “LOVE” Romney (untrue), that I am “worshipping” him (QUITE UNTRUE), that I “lick his boots” (so ridiculous as to not even be worthy of discussion), blah blah blah. All because I am convinced without the shadow of a doubt that Obama is far more dangerous to this nation than Romney at the moment. The very things you are describing are tactics being used here against ABO voters. Those are indeed leftist tactics and I doubt the conservative credentials of anyone who uses them.
Long thread, but you can find the requisite posts. They are there. Happy reading!
See specifically posts 120, 122, 131, 133, 146, 154, 159, 167, 175, 178 of the thread linked.
I think it is possible to someday elect a third party candidate as president but it is safe to say that the window of opportunity has been pretty much closed for this go-around, due to lack of funds, organization and being on the ballot in all 50 states. It also doesn't help when only 20 people show up at your big fundraiser and you lost your last two bids to be a congressman in your home district.
I bucked the trend in 1992 and voted Ross Perot. At a point back there in June of 1992, it looked like Perot could actually win! He was ahead of both Bush and Clinton in the polls and he was willing to spend his own money (had over a billion dollars) to run a first class campaign.
Wasn't so much a big fan of Ross Perot as I was disgusted with the two choices of Bush (Sr.) and Clinton. I stuck with Perot even during that wacky summer when he was dropping out and dropping back in and his inner circle were bailing. I was much younger back then and more naive. I thought we'd be better off with Perot regardless of his bizarre behavior.
All I know is that on election night, when Clinton and Gore were dancing around like fairies to Fleetwood Mac songs, I had a sick feeling in my stomach about the whole business of voting for Perot.
I will consider voting third party again but only if that candidate has a credible campaign and a decent chance of winning.
Well I’m sorry if you got attacked by idiots who don’t tolerate alternate opinions. The temptation to get hot under the collar is always there, especially in this election season and I’ve fallen prey to it myself. I hope I’m less vitriolic.
You have no reason to apologize. I just wanted to “show the other side” so to speak. I get why there are those who don’t want either likely choice for November. I’m there also (as are many who are ABO), but recent history hasn’t proven to my satisfaction that a third party candidate can win the Presidency and as unhappy as I am at the prospect of Romney being the R. candidate, I’m far unhappier with the idea of another 4 years of a wanna-be dictator and I feel compelled to do everything I can to see that that does not happen. I do fear a conservative split-vote - which recent history has shown will throw the election to the Dem.
God preserve this nation if that happens.
Thank you for your kind words. Both sides ARE passionate about their views, and that’s to be expected because of what’s at stake, but we’re in deeper trouble than we can imagine when we begin to eat our own. Take care.
You think it's more stupid than picking which extreme liberal you are going to vote for president for fear your vote won't matter if you don't choose one of the two liberals the establishment has given us? The fact is your vote does matter. You'll will be responsible for everything the liberal of your choice does.
I'm not voting for Goode thinking he is going to win in 2012. I'm looking down the road. I'm voting for him in hopes of one of the following outcomes:
if you’re so intent of voting onanisticly, then grow a pair a vote for yourself since you refuse to understand ‘responsibility’
"onanisticly" doesn't apply to me. You're the one in bed with the liberals, not me.
And I'm not running, to vote for myself would truly be a wasted vote. I'm voting for a party that was on the ballot in 37 states during the last presidential election and hopes to be on it in at least 40 this election.
If I’m in bed with someone, then onanism doesn’t apply. And golly gee, good luck with that awesome goal of pretending to be relevant in 80% of the states. Maybe you can even get the backing of those 4 out of 5 dentists who endorse Trident.
The main definition of Onanism according to Dictionary.com is coitus interuptus. It would definitely apply to you. The second definition wouldn’t apply.
But if you are going to be rude on this site, don’t hide your foulness behind medical terms. Just go ahead and say it in laymans terms and take the ban when it comes.
Voting for a third party in this upcoming election is the height of insanity in so many ways.
Man - if you dare remind one of these 3rd-party Einsteins how math works, suddenly you become the rude one. Deranged it is...
(psst - it’s more a Biblical term than medical one, but it was cute of you to do some research. May be hope for you yet.)
I don’t understand what they seek to accomplish with this little temper tantrum.
They want obama to have a second term, to what end? Do they want the entire nation to collapse because their little pony did not run in 2012 and get the GOP nod?
Do these narrow minded folks think that in 2016 some coservative hero is going to save the day? At that point this country will be so far beyond repair that it wont matter who is elected since we will be that farther from even the remote possibility of coming back!
Yeah, lets all waste a vote on an unknown, impossible choice, with no money.
Real brialliant plan right there if I ever heard one.