Property taxes are wrong? Hear, hear. But so is head lice. And we aren't going to eradicate either in this lifetime. But hey, it would make for a great debate over beers. I'll buy.
The 2nd Amendment has more relevancy. And defenders of the faith - like Godsey - certainly need to be supported in the delegation we Southwest Virginians send to Richmond. But to support the "natural right" for free citizens to keep and bear arms - which exists and will never be infringed - is a debate Godsey needs to make in the halls of Congress. Not in the state capital. There the argument is knocked down a few dozen notches. That argument can best be found here.
I think Tripp Godsey's worldview is therefore better suited for Washington. And for another day.
Dave Nutter's first priority is every Southwest Virginian's priority: JOBS. From "Candidates flaunt conservative bent in 21st Senate District competition," by Mason Adams in yesterday's Roanoke Times:
Nutter said this is the most important issue in the race.Here Godsey again talks on a national level rather than on the state level:
"It's still about jobs," Nutter said. "I did a tele-town hall last night: Jobs are far above taxes and everything else."
Nutter said his background in economic development makes him the man for this particular job. He proposes phasing out the state's corporate income tax and pushing math and science harder in public schools.
"Where do you find ways in which American industry can be competitive on a global scale?" Nutter asked. "The skill sets these workers need is very different. It's not a pair of gloves and a strong back anymore. It's going to be mathematical skills."
Godsey, meanwhile, has focused his jobs platform on what he said are unnecessary, job-killing government regulations.Nullification. A worthy topic of debate. With none other than John C. Calhoun looking down in eager anticipation of the outcome. And a law that will soon get its due, as America becomes - once again - a more federalist America. But can we save that for a different forum, Tripp? Can we get people back to work here in this tortured land first?
"That's why I got in the race," Godsey said. "A lot of these restrictions are keeping businesses from hiring."
Most of his complaints stem from federal and not state regulations, though. He complained about air quality regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency and the 2009 health care reform law.
Although the General Assembly has no control over federal laws, Godsey said he would change that by carrying the Freedom For Virginians Act -- a bill that would attempt to give the state power to nullify a federal law through a voter referendum.
I like Tripp Godsey. I'd vote for him in a heartbeat if he were running against any Democrat in Virginia for a seat in Congress. But he's not running for Congress. He's running to take the seat that, up to now, had been held by the woeful John Edwards, Democrat.
We need a candidate who has his focus on that seat. Not on Mark Warner's.
There'll be plenty of time for that, my friend.
See us in a couple of years. We'll talk.
* Yeah, there's a Democrat opponent as well. Edwards. But who cares?