Mergers & Acquisition Advisor, Writer, Political Campaign Director
Three time ballot certified candidate for congress.
Co-Founder and Director
Joseph Oddo formed a writing and political/sales consulting practice in 2002. He is a three-time ballot certified candidate
for congress and founder of a number of political advocacy organizations including Independent America, the Independent Greens
of Virginia and the Citizens Alliance for Better Candidates. He has served in many capacities with local charitable and service
organizations. A Public Policy major from Penn State, he spent over twenty years in sales management. Oddo volunteers as DJ
at public radio WTJU, was volunteer host on GreenTV public television, and a Friend of the Library. In SC, I am teamed up with Better Ballot SC.
Joseph Oddo delivering speech during the
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Transcript of five minute News8TV taping.
Joe Oddo, Independent Candidate, US House of Representatives
Oct 6, 2006
A patriot must always be ready
to defend his country from his government.
I’m Joe Oddo, Independent Green candidate running for Congress and I encourage you to get involved. To run
for office. To insist we be allowed in the debates. To fix our democracy. And stop the mudslingin
I believe in expanding civic participation by
fixing election rules and instituting universal registration. Anyone that shows up at the right polling place with their official
ID should be able to register and vote on the spot.
Plus we should expand the hours of Election Day, or make it a holiday so everyone can take
off work to cast their vote.
Our team of Independents have spent weeks out in all weather extremes to qualify to make the ballot. We talked to
over 150,000 Virginians who understand the need for Independent voices. And by listening to your concerns, we have formulated
a sound platform that addresses diverse issues like lobby reform and term limits.
Together with our statewide candidate for the US Senate Gail “for
Rail” Parker, we propose Rail Now solutions. More Trains Less Traffic. We need hi-speed Rail from Danville to Charlottesville,
from Charlottesville to Richmond, and on to Washington. Modern high-speed rail utilizes existing right-of-ways. We can run
elevated rail right along I-64 and Rt. 29 with minimal disturbance. It is the time to develop alternative energy solutions,
and end our dependence on oil.
We must pay closer attention to how government spends OUR money, and to ensure that it is on realistic, long-term
solutions. So one of our initiatives is to solve the fiscal crises in our federal budget. We need a balanced budget now. We
can to pay off the federal debt in five years. And we can fix the tax code for real tax cuts, not credit card advances.
We are more conservative than
our opponents. There is nothing compassionate or conservative in military adventurism. This administration promotes addiction
to a new drug called fear. We no longer face facts. We prefer to fabricate them. We lost over 3,000 young American soldiers
since Nine Eleven.
For war industry profits. Everyone knows it. One of every four tax dollars are being spent at the Defense Department. From
their own report, billions are being mismanaged through "improper payments". And this Congress has been complicit
and needs replaced.
can fix Pentagon waste with an auditable accounting system so we know where our money is going. We can save $2 Billion a week
by withdrawing from Iraq. We can save Billions more by closing bases in Germany and Japan. And Billions more by scrapping
useless weapons programs.
Now I ask you, what real liberal or conservative would ever sanction the Patriot Act, or NSA domestic spying? Why
should we give away rights guaranteed by the Constitution now? They served us well for the multitude of threats we defeated
during the last 230 years.
Now it’s: be afraid. Be very afraid. Don’t worry about your tax dollars going to campaign contributors
through no-bid contracts. Don’t pay attention while they strip away our rights, or rob our Treasury blind.
We won’t hear them say:
War as a foreign policy of the United States is wrong. Peace is the answer. Nonviolence is the answer.
We can protest all we want. We can editorialize,
we can lobby, we can strike, we can boycott, we can hold endless numbers of meetings. This only gets us so far. If we are
going to accomplish real change in government, then we have to resort to action. The only real action against apathy is to
get on the ballot and run for office.
Now is our chance to restore the optimism and promise of a world for all to live in peace. Join us as an independent
- not bought and paid for by corporate rulers.
We run on positive issues. We listen. We do not sling mud.
Because I am an optimist, I offer solutions
that the two parties will not address. Please Join us. Our Web site is www.VoteJoinRun.us. Please Vote Oddo on November 7th.