Three manufacturing bills

servile artsWe are proud to be a constant advocate for U.S. manufacturing in the halls of Congress, and the bills introduced will help give our local manufacturers fair access to resources they need to boost jobs. — Rep. Reed

Tom Reed often advocates for manufacturing, posing as knowledgeable even though he has no known education or experience with manufacturing. What he does know about it, he may have learned from lobbyists.

The Ripon Advance reports:

Rep. Reed on May 22 introduced H.R. 2900 with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) to create the role of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer, who would be responsible for coordinating and reviewing federal manufacturing-related policies across all agencies and developing a National Manufacturing Strategy.

On May 9, Rep. Reed cosponsored H.R. 2631 with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) to designate and support manufacturing communities, which would vie for grants from the proposed Manufacturing Community Support Program.

And in April, Rep. Reed cosponsored H.R. 2397 with U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) to reauthorize the Manufacturing USA program, which creates public-private partnerships that work to secure U.S. manufacturing via innovation, education and collaboration.



H.R. 2397 — To amend the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to make changes to the implementation of the network for manufacturing innovation, and for other purposes.

Manufacturing USA was an Obama Administration initiative. If public/private partnerships are desirable, reauthorization would be justified.

H.R. 2631 –To improve the competitiveness of United States manufacturing by designating and supporting manufacturing communities.

It isn’t clear to me what H.R. 2631 would add to existing programs. Does it require the Dept. of Commerce to designate more “manufacturing communities?” GovTrack gives this bill a 2% chance of becoming law.

Tom Reed claims H.R. 2631, Make It In America Manufacturing Communities Act,

  • Designates “manufacturing communities” for preference in grant awards. The Finger Lakes Region was awarded this designation during a Department of Commerce pilot program and awarded $2.6 million in grants.
  • One success story this bill would continue is a 2016 grant to High Tech Rochester, Inc. We estimate this grant will create 100 new startup businesses and 1,000 new jobs by 2021
  • The Finger Lakes received 5 awards totaling $8.8 million and anticipated another $30 million but the program stopped getting agency support.

What “agency” stopped support and why, Tom doesn’t say.

H. R. 2900 — To establish the United States Chief Manufacturing Officer in the Executive Office of the President with the responsibility of developing a National Manufacturing Strategy to revitalize the manufacturing sector, spur economic growth, and expand United States competitiveness, and for other purposes.

A Chief Manufacturing Officer might have a role in government.

  1. Is it good to create a shadow government in the White House, or is this the responsibility of the Dept. of Commerce?
  2. A Chief Manufacturing Officer would be of no use to President Trump, who infamously doesn’t value the advice of experts.
  3. Is an act of Congress needed, or could a future president who wanted advice add such an officer to the staff?

It will be interesting to see if any of these bills passes the House.

U.S. manufacturing growth requires congressional action, says Reed



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Tom Reed’s 2018 Financial Disclosure

mr-moneybags-blankReports are due May 15 of the following year. The House has 30 days more to post them. It isn’t clear why they wait till the last minute.

Tom’s 2018 report is little different than previous years. Tom’s businesses are very profitable. For example, R&R Resource Recovery, valued at no more than $250,000, produced an income of at least $50,000, which is at least a 20% profit.



2015 2016 2017 2018
Corning Inc. IRA <$15,000 <$15,000 <$15,000 <$15,000
CenturyLink IRA (Level 3 Communications) <$15,000 <$15,000 <$15,000 <$15,000
M&T Bank accounts <$100,000 <$100,000 <$100,000 <$50,000
Mineral Rights None None None None
R&R Properties <$250,000 <$250,000 <$250,000 <$250,000
R&R Resource Recovery  <$250,000 <$250,000 <$250,000 <$250,000
Twin Tiers Medical Billing <$15,000 <$50,000


  1. Tom failed to note that Level 3 Communications merged with CenturyLink.
  2. Tom identifies Mrs. Reed’s salary as income, but gives no amount.
  3. Mineral rights are said to have no value until developed.
  4. Level 3 Communications, now CenturyLink, is an internet service provider.
  5. The trip for Tom and Jean Reed cost the Ripon Society more than $11,000. Reportedly, lobbyists fund these trips to “gain access” to members of Congress.
  6. Tom and family visited the Czech Republic in August 2015 at the expense of the Ripon Society and Franklin Center.
  7. Tom and family visited London, England in November 2016 at the expense of the Ripon Society and Franklin Center.
  8. Tom and family visited Berlin, Germany in August 2017 at the expense of the Ripon Society and Franklin Center.
  9. Tom and family visited Paris, France in November 2018 at the expense of the Ripon Society and Franklin Center.

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Discarded talking points


Anyone abusing their power to spy on a campaign in America must be held accountable.–Rep Tom Reed, May 17, 2019

No one is above the law.–Rep Tom Reed, May 17, 2019

What sort of people have we become?

  • Honesty
  • Constitution
  • Patriotism
  • Sovereignty
  • Law and order
  • Family values
  • Compassion


Robert Mueller’s report found no wrong-doing???; the Emoluments Clause???; investigating Trump unpatriotic???; Regime change redux???; President not subject to our laws???; Separating families???; Children held in detention???

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Liberty U. commencement address

Pitts.jpgLeonard Pitts, Jr. discusses VP Pence’s commencement address

… when Pence warned the graduates about being derided for their beliefs, he obviously had neither the poor nor the outcast in mind. So, as everyone who heard him surely understood, what he was tacitly telling them is that they should expect to be condemned for being hostile toward the LGBTQ community and blaming it on God. That’s what faith devolves to for so many these days: a requirement to oppose gay rights.

How was Mike Pence wrong?

A nation where the stranger is demonized and the poor exploited, a nation where justice is obstructed in plain sight and public lies hammer public confidence in public institutions, a nation of nonstop emergency and commonplace crisis, a nation that has retreated from the high ground of ennobling ideals and sacred creeds, is a nation with far more to worry about than whether men have sex with men.

And a nation facing all those challenges would seem to be a nation where there is plenty of work for the faithful – indeed, for all people of conscience – to do. Such a nation stands in dire need of the energy and inventiveness of the rising generation. This critical juncture is a time for all hands on deck. This is not a time for some of us to hunker in foxholes.

It’s too bad the vice president didn’t say something like that to the graduates. He would have been right to do so.

Another thing that isn’t right in my opinion is for a Government official to use his position to promote specific religious beliefs.

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Export Import Bank 2019

ex-imThe Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank’s mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

The Export-Import Bank has come back to life with the support of President Trump and Senate Republicans.

The Senate on Wednesday agreed to replenish the board of the hobbled Export-Import Bank with three Trump appointees, after Republican opponents spent years blocking nominees to lead the trade-finance agency. The bank, which has provided billions of dollars in loan guarantees to foreign buyers of U.S. exports, will now be able to return to full operation for the first time since 2015, when its board lost a quorum necessary to approve transactions larger than $10 million.–Z. Warmbrodt, Politico, 05/08/2019

The Export-Import Bank was in the news in 2014 and 2015; this blog had at least five articles about it. In February, 2014, I wrote this:

The bank has been reauthorized dozens of times since 1934, so one wonders why conservatives, libertarians, and wackos would make a fuss this year. I believe they see it as a wedge issue within the GOP. By claiming that the bank is  an improper role for government, possibly inconsistent with the Tenth Amendment, they seek to inflame their base against RINOs.  Judging from the many messages of approval on Rep. Amash’s facebook page, it seems to be working.

In July, 2014, Ray Copson wrote:

House Republicans like to portray themselves as business friendly, but they are currently preventing the re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank, which will  cease to exist on September 30 unless action is taken. Opposition to the bank is motivated partly by ideology.  According to a Dallas Morning News website, Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling sees the Bank as “the face of ‘crony capitalism’ and proof that Washington has been captured by elites.” Hensarling chairs the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bank.

Now it is in the news again. In a recent column, G. Will who opposes the reauthorization wrote:

Briefly suspending their warnings about the rising tide of socialism, a large majority of Senate Republicans recently joined with almost all their Democratic colleagues in affirming the essence of socialism, which is government allocation of capital. The Senate’s revival of the Export-Import Bank is a redundant reminder that the rhetorical discord between the parties exaggerates their actual differences.

President Trump supports the bank, the Senate supports it, but what about the House? Will left-leaning Democrats and Freedom Caucus Republicans unite in opposition?

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Reed’s writing

platitudesThe “Green New Deal’s” massive expansion of federal bureaucracy, technologically implausible guideposts and a tax to kill the American dream is not the answer to the undeniable threats our world is facing from climate change.–Rep. Tom Reed

A catch phrase is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Tom’s article in The Hill is an incoherent jumble of catch phrases; it is impossible to tell what he proposes. 

Catch phrases:

  1. empower change
  2. incentivizing entrepreneurs
  3. Innovation is not our enemy.
  4. upend the status quo of federal incentives for existing technologies.
  5. picking winners and losers
  6. market-driven innovation
  7. uncompetitive over-reliance on federal tax credits. 
  8. ends unlimited, market-distorting extenders for tax incentives
  9. lining the pockets of established technologies
  10. propping up otherwise uneconomical technologies.
  11. the challenges of an evolving environment.
  12. all-of-the-above energy strategy,
  13. it’s not just about the here and now – it’s about our future.

I don’t believe any comment is needed.

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Potentates watching

kim watches
No plan of operations reaches with any certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main force.–Helmuth van Moltke, 1880.

In his memoir, “Travels with Herodotus” Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuściński tells the story of a Persian potentate, Xerxes, who seated himself on a throne to watch the naval battle of Salamis, which he expected his navy to win. This was a naval battle fought between Greeks and the Persians in 480 BC, which resulted in a decisive victory for the outnumbered Greeks. Xerxes would have had a scribe at his side to record which commanders and crews performed notably. As Xerxes watched, the Persians were defeated. He then packed up and went home.

Here we see Kim Jong-un watching a missile test. The similarity is evident. All is well if the test is successful; if not, Kim will go home and some will suffer for it.  Even if the test is successful, North Korean militarism may be prelude to disaster.


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