Questions and responses from Tom Hoefling, 2012 presidential nominee of America's Party and the American Independent Party of California:
1. What are the major differences between the two (three) of you on how you'd create new jobs?
Creating specific jobs for individual Americans is not part of the constitutional job description of the President of the United States. Instead, he swears a sacred oath “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
The only jobs government can create are government jobs, or jobs subsidized by the taxpayer. And we have far too many of those already.
If you want more decent jobs, more business and economic activity, more prosperity, start electing men and women who will restore liberty and constitutional governance in this country so that these things are possible.
2. What are the differences between the two (three) of you as to how you'd go about reducing the deficit?
There is only one way to reduce the deficit, and to get out-of-control spending and debt under control, and that is for We the People to force government back within its legitimate Enumerated Powers.
3. Do you see a major difference between the two(three) of you on social security?
I’m the only candidate for president in 2012 that I’m aware of who asserts that the only way we will ever get our governmental and economic house in order is to once and for all eschew all forms of socialism, which means completely overturning Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, Barack Obama’s health care scheme, and any other agency or program that is not specifically authorized by the clear provisions of our Constitution.
4. What is your view about the level of federal regulation on the economy?
Too much or should there be more?
The economic life of our country, and the liberty of our people, is slowly but surely being crushed by federal, state, and local regulation. We must radically roll back these encroachments on every front, if we are to once again prosper as a people.
5. Do you want to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
Or what is your argument against repealing the Affordable Care Act?
How would you replace "Obamacare" if it's replaced?
The so-called “Affordable Care Act” is utterly unconstitutional, and must be repealed and NEVER replaced. The general government has no legitimate role in health care, except for those it employs and for those who are serving in the United States military.
6. Do you believe there's a difference between the two (three) of you as to how you view the role of the federal government?
There is a radical difference between how I view government, and how Barack Obama and Mitt Romney view government. I stand with the founders, with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and their contemporaries. My opponents are big government statists, with little or no regard for the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the stated purposes of the U.S. Constitution, or the Constitution’s specific provisions and requirements.
7. Does the federal government have a responsibility to improve the quality of public education in America?
The federal government has no legitimate role in education, except for its employees or those who are serving in the United States military.
8. What would you do about partisan gridlock?
I don’t concern myself with partisan gridlock between the political parties. I am a partisan only for America’s founding principles, our Constitution, and the security, liberty, and sovereignty of the people of the United States.
9. Closing statement.
Just as 'good fences make for good neighbors,' good government is mainly about knowing where the legitimate boundaries are, and having the courage to defend those borders forcefully. This is true in terms of the defense of our territory, our security, and our national sovereignty, of course, but it also applies to the imperative duty all of those in government have to equally protect the God-given, unalienable rights of each individual person, their sacred obligation to stay well within the Enumerated Powers of our Constitution, and of the role government must play in balancing the competing rights and interests of the American people.
Tom Hoefling, Oct. 5, 2012