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Sue Googe - US House District 4 

Name as it appears on the ballot: Sue Googe Campaign

website: www.suegooge.com

Phone number: (919) 378 1182

Email: sue4nc@gmail.com 

Years lived in the district/state: Lived in Cary or Raleigh during the last 18 years, never moved out of wake county, in and out of district 4 as the district map keep changing during the last 18 years. 

1. In your view, what are the three most pressing issues the United States faces? If elected, what will you do to address these issues, given the gridlock that seems to define Congress these days? 

"1) Economics and jobs 2) immigration reform 3) criminal justice reform 

Economics and jobs:

Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 15%, deregulate outdated and over burdensome regulations on businesses, eliminate global tax system for businesses and citizens, bring the $2+ trillion corporate oversea profit back to America for investment and instill economic growth. 

Growing the economy is the best way to reduce poverty rate and government dependency. 

Immigration reform:

America has always been the melting pot of immigrants from around the world. We need to focus on bringing talented and business minded immigrants into the USA. We have to fix the broken H1b visa program, eliminate 50k green card lottery visa, secure the border and do not allow illegal immigrants to flood in. 

Criminal justice reform

Rehabilitate minor drug offenders, instead of incarcerating them. Thus transforming them to be productive members of the society. 

2. If you are challenging an incumbent, what decisions has the incumbent made that you most disagree with? If you are an incumbent, what in your voting record and experience do you believe entitles you to another term? 

"Incumbent David Price believes in big government is the solution for all our problems, like Obama care. As a sitting in VA committee member, Price has overseen a failed VA system that doesn't serve our veterans best interest. 

Washington is business as usual too cozied up with special interests not the 

American people. 

I will bring common sense solutions and modern constituent services into the 4th district. 

I will change Washington's political culture, the government has to serve the best interest of our country and our people, not the selected few in the political power circle." 

3. Economic growth has been fairly mediocre in recent months. Things have improved since the Great Recession, but much of the growth has gone to top earners. What would you do to address rising income inequality? 

There are two types of poverties: systematic and institutional. Rules and regulations that are in place causing some segments of the population to have a severe disadvantage. Reducing the roadblocks on businesses will allow them to expand and higher new employees. 

4. In general, what changes do you believe should be made to U.S. tax policy? What about federal spending? Do you believe the government should, for example, increase its investments in infrastructure and other priorities, or do you believe the government should focus on cutting expenditures to alleviate the deficit? 

We need to simplify the tax code because billions of dollars are wasted in filing complex tax returns. Instead that money could be as purchasing power fueling more jobs. Our infrastructure is sorely behind the rest of the world and is falling apart. With the other cost savings we can rebuild things like roads and bridges. 

5. In North Carolina this year, we’ve seen two major insurers pull out of the federal health care exchange, which seems to be a blow to the Affordable Care Act. What do you believe should be done about health care? Do you favor changes to Obamacare? Or would you rather see it repealed? If so, with what would you replace it? 

I would support repealing the Affordable Care Act. Let free market competition drive down prices and reduce fraud, waste and abuse. 

6. Mass shootings—some of which have at least tangential ties to terrorist organizations—have become an all-too-common occurrence. What more do you believe the government can do to disrupt so-called “lone wolf” attacks? Do you believe there should be limits on who can legally purchase high-caliber rifles? 

We need hate control, we need crime control, and we need terrorism control. No gun control law can eliminate the desire to kill, no gun control law can nurture the respect for human life, as there are many other accessible ways to kill, such as pressure cooker, home made bomb, stabbing with knifes, driving vehicles into crowds. When an individual or a group strongly believe in killing, they will do it regardless any laws on the book.


7. In terms of foreign policy, what do you believe are the Obama administration’s biggest successes? What do you believe are the administration’s biggest failures? What steps do you believe Congress should take with regard to these shortcomings? 

"Best

1) Didn't get into Syrian civil war as some hawkish members in congress suggested 2) Showed gesture of multilateralism 3) Normalized relationship with Cuba 

Biggest shortcoming:

1) Good intention but missed opportunity. When first elected to office was the best chance to change the relationship for the better with Iran, but missed it, America gave up too much didn't get much in return. Bad deal and bad negotiation in general. 

Congress needs to act as a check and balance to the other branches. When the president makes the wrong decision, congress has the purse strings to not fund the adventure. Congress also can unite together to get American citizens behind Congress against president's wrongful decision. 

8. One area where there seems to be an emerging bipartisan consensus relates to criminal-justice reform, specifically nonviolent drug offenses. How would you propose reforming drug policy? Do you believe marijuana should be either decriminalized or legalized under federal law? Do you believe the federal government should intervene where states have relaxed marijuana prohibitions contrary to federal law? Do you believe that marijuana should be removed from Schedule I classification? 

I am a strong believer marijuana should be decriminalized at the federal level, I don’t think we should let the federal government have the power to intervene in state law regarding marijuana. Voluntary drug usage is a health issue, not a criminal issue. I am a strong advocate for criminal justice reform, we incarcerated way too many people, which decreases our work force. We need to find a way to integrate ex-prisoners back to society as productive members. 

9. The recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership has been criticized by some corners of both the right and left, though Congress did vote last year to grant the president “fast-track” authority. In general, do you support or oppose the TPP? Why or why not? Do you believe that it does enough to protect American workers? 

I don’t support anything to reduce our sovereignty, or anything to put Americans in disadvantage position in massive scale. NAFTA already put many millions of American workers out of work, drastically reduced our manufacturing capacity. It’s the first time in history a sovereign nation struck a bad deal, when the country had a strong position at the negotiation table. We should reverse the damage ASAP and do not make the same mistake ever again. 

10. What do you believe is driving the polarization of and rancor in American politics? Is there anything you believe Congress can do about it? In what areas do you believe you could reach a compromise with members of the opposite political party? 

Find common goals that we can agree on and work together to pass positive bills. I would do my part in nurturing the culture of cooperation on capital hill. 

11. One particularly galling example of congressional gridlock is Congress’s inability to pass funding to combat the Zika virus. The White House asked for $1.9 billion; congressional Republicans settled on $1.1 billion but attached a series of what Democrats call “poison pills”—e.g., Planned Parenthood funding, flying Confederate flags over national cemeteries—that have led to a filibuster and White House veto threat. As a member of Congress, what would you do to get past these impasses? 

I will push for the single subject rule. 

12. Donald Trump’s campaign has been marked by bombast and incendiary remarks—attacking Gold Star parents, for example, or calling Mexican immigrants rapists. Do you believe these remarks render Trump temperamentally unfit for the presidency? 

There is no perfect candidate running for any office. Both have their flaws. 

13. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been dogged by an FBI investigation into her email use at the State Department. Do you believe that Clinton is trustworthy and honest? 

No I don’t think Mrs. Clinton is trustworthy or honest at all. I have respect for Bernie Sanders character and his passion to stand up for “the little guys”, but I disagree with some of his policies. Clinton is someone who has been living in the political bubble for far too long. She is very out of touch of reality with most Americans. 

14. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters. 

I don't think federal government should be in charge social issues such marriage and abortion. I am anti-war in general but believe in a strong military. These stands could put me at odds with fellow Republicans. I will do what I believe is right for our country and our people, not necessary the party politics. 

15. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals issued an injunction against North Carolina’s voter ID law, which a deadlocked Supreme Court let stand. The Court of Appeals ruled that the law was conceived with discriminatory intent; recent reporting from The Washington Post has indicated that the law was drafted with the intention to discourage African Americans from voting. Do you believe the law passed by the legislature discriminates against black voters? 

No, voter ID does not discriminate against any voters. There are many programs that assist citizens in getting proper ID to vote. Voting is one of our most sacred abilities that we have as citizens of America. It should be protected. 


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