Why Virgil Goode is not our saviorSubmitted by ReasonAndLiberty on Sat, 09/08/2012 - 20:25
A few days ago on my way back from school I noticed a man advertising Virgil Goode. Not knowing who this was, I paused to ask him. Being told that he is the Constitution party candidate, I said that we indeed need to follow the Constitution more closely at the moment.
He agreed with me and then began his little mini-speech.
Here is how it went:
First, he began by misquoting the national debt as $17 trillion, when in reality it just hit $16 trillion. No big deal, right? Well, how many people has he misinformed with that? I'm against debts as much as the rest of you guys, but it ticks me off when misinformation is used.
Next, and this amazed me, he began talking about how we need to stop "ALL these green card holders coming to the US and stealing American jobs." This outraged me for numerous reasons.
First of all, I'm here on an immigrant visa. I'm an ardent liberty supporter and an active activist in favor of Ron Paul and free markets. Moreover, my dad's old employer decided to not extend my dad's visa, and so my dad had to find a new one in just two months. In the nick of time, he found a new one but some documents were misfiled and we got rejected. We resubmitted just a few days ago and now we will have 15 days of terrible waiting to see whether we will have a chance to remain in this land of the free (at least freer than the rest of the world), or whether these nine years of building our lives here and being productive members of society will come to an abrupt end. Whether I'll have to go back to Eastern Europe to a corrupt country I hate, to a language I only half-know, to a culture which I resent, and to a socialistic mess. Whether my efforts to advance the liberty movement in the US will be cut short. Whether all the taxes my dad paid for Social Security and Medicare and so forth will suddenly disappear in the void that is the US government's pockets. Ironically, if my visa doesn't get extended, I'll miss LibertyFest in October in NYC. Ironic. I know.
Second, who are "ALL" these green card holders? Each year a maximum of 140,000 green cards are awarded for employment plus 50,000 for the green card lottery. Is that seriously a threat to the US?
Third, he showed a fundamental misunderstanding of economics. The economy is not a zero-sum game. There is no fixed amount of jobs that must be distributed out to the public.
Fourth, how are you entitled to these "American" jobs? Immigrants don't come here and take YOUR job. You have no right to said job, and neither have I. The wording implies we come in and steal jobs and violate your rights. What ACTUALLY happens is that employers in the US voluntarily employ us. By the same logic, we should in history have restricted black migration to the North lest "those Negroes" take our "white jobs." We should support unions because they prevent the unskilled from coming in and taking "our jobs." We should smash capital like tractors and revert to shovels or even spoons for digging because they're taking "our jobs." We should legally ban women from the labor force because they take "men's jobs - our jobs." We should ban interstate travel because all those people coming in from the other state are getting "our jobs." It's ridiculous. Workers don't own their jobs. They have them as long as they are useful to the employer and the employer is useful to them.
He gave me a flyer about the Goode-Clymer ticket. Some points are good, others are terrible.
"Define marriage as being between one man and one woman" - really? Come on. Get the government out of marriage. There's no reason to keep this stupid fight up. By defining marriage as man-woman what are you accomplishing - not letting a bunch of gay couples get tax cuts? So much for "we want taxes as low as possible."
"Protect jobs for U.S. citizens by stopping so many foreign green card holders from entering the U.S." - I hope I covered this above. I might add that many of these people are coming here because they believe in "the American way" - much more than many Americans do.
"Make English the official language of the U.S." - Oh my God I don't know what I will DO without having English be the official language! Golly, it would be like... idk... living in today's world. This is pointless fearmongering.
"Adopt term limits for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate." - First of all, I'd like to remind you that this means Dr. Paul could not have gotten elected as many times as he has. Putting this aside, there is good reason not to do this. H. H. Hoppe explains that instituting term limits increases time preference. "Time preference" is a term that refers to how much people prefer something in the present (high TP) or in the future (low TP). When you set term limits, congressmen get a higher time preference - they prefer short-term over long-term development. This means they waste money more easily. Why? Because they know that after a certain amount of years they will not be able to be reelected - so why care about the public's money? Give more of it to cronies and friends, then, instead of using it to provide stuff for the public (don't get me wrong, for very many things I want the government to stop doing them, but IF the government is gonna tax us, then it better do something at least minimally useful with that money instead of giving it to cronies).
In short, Goode gets no support from me despite any good points he may have on his platform.
I hope you agree with me.