I got a candidate survey with some interesting questions from an outfit called Rescue American Jobs. WEBSITE
As you might guess from the very name of the group - much less the questions, they're basically promoting protectionist closed market economic strategies.
As a staunch free market libertarian, I obviously wasn't going to get far with this crowd. They're pretty much coming in with the opposite agenda from me in this stuff. Nonetheless, they were decent questions, they wanted my opinions as a candidate, and so I answered. MY RESULTS
I knew it wouldn't likely win me any points with this group when I answered, for example, "I'm 100% in favor of outsourcing." That up-in-your-grill response felt good, though. Indeed, I was bragging to the crew about my perfect "0" scores. They graded me, not suprisingly, an F.
Now, I'm right about these issues, and they're wrong - of course. So what, though? Several of my Libertarian Party colleagues have criticized me over this survey for not really trying to reach out and show that I understand and share their concerns. I need to present myself as more of a compassionate libertarian, as W might say it, promoting (as his father would say) a kinder and gentler America.
My critics are at least halfway right, though, I must conclude. My job is to show these people that I have a better answer. What someone might mistakenly but perfectly understandably take from my original responses would be that I simply don't care about their concerns.
At that point, they may likely not be open to hearing my different outlook on how to go about addressing their issues. It's not going to change minds, and it's certainly not going to get me votes.
Therefore, let me take this opportunity to, as we say in Congress, revise and extend my remarks.
Jobs and wages are pretty important things. You have to feed the family. Baby needs a new pair of shoes. It's absolutely appropriate that this would be one of the top couple of concerns on voter's minds.
However, I disagree with liberals and socialists on what we need to do to get and keep those jobs. They generally wish to use the force of law to make Americans buy American made products through tariffs and bans on imports. They will tend to want to manipulate tax codes to stop companies from re-locating operations to poorer countries with cheaper labor.