Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, and eleven years later it is still being brought up. She owns that vote, and it harmed her in the 2008 Presidential campaign.
Rep. Reed voted to continue the government shutdown and have the government default on our bills. He owns that vote, and it will harm him in the 2014 congressional campaign.
Rep. Reed is not boasting about his vote. Matter of fact, it is almost as if he is in denial that he voted the way he did. There is no mention of how he voted on his website, even in the article he wrote about Bill HR 2775. He did mention the vote in his October 18 news letter, and gave a reason, “I voted against the measure because I believe Americans have been put through enough shutdowns, fiscal cliffs, and risks of default.” (Translation: I voted to continue the shutdown and to default on our debts because we have been through enough shutdowns and risks of defaulting. No, it doesn’t make sense). That is the Tea Party version of the Viet Nam war’s quote, “We had to destroy the Village in order to save it.” There is more about Rep. Reed’s “No Vote on the Shutdown” in an earlier New NY 23rd article.
The Buffalo News had once been impressed with our congressman, but after his vote they wrote: “(Reed) was content to set off another recession. He also voted to begin and then, on the brink of fiscal disaster, to continue the shutdown.”
The Democratic Women of Tioga County, trying to understand Rep. Reed’s justification of his vote, recently wrote on their facebook page:
Please excuse us while we rant a little about Congressman Reed’s vote on the government shutdown.
Explaining his NO vote on ending the government shutdown, Reed said, “The 23rd district of New York did not send me to Washington to support the status quo of government by crisis.”
Do we need glasses or did Reed just make the case that he voted to create the crisis, prolong the crisis and ultimately to continue the crisis all in the name of not supporting government by crisis? Wow.
His constituents understand how he voted and how that vote harmed the economy and morale of our country. We can not accept his reason for his vote.
In the same Buffalo News article Reed, when talking about the repeal Obamacare Shutdown event, Re. Reed said, “I think the initial strategy of defunding Obamacare that started us down this path, to me, was something that clearly was unachievable.”
If Reed realized his Tea Party’s goal “was something that clearly was unachievable,” why did he agree to go along with in the first place?
The polls were proclaiming the country despised the government shutdown. A majority of Americans blamed the Republicans. Didn’t Reed get the Wall Street memo that enough was enough and the debt ceiling needed to be increased?
Reed’s constituents, democrats, republicans, and independents alike, are angry. The New NY 23rd explained how his vote affects our district in the article: “Reed Risks Economic Disaster To Defund Obamacare.” Reed mentions his ‘Honest Proposal.” Our article, What’s Honest about Tom Reed’s “Honest Proposal?” digs beneath the surface of that proposal.
Rep. Reed cancelled his scheduled October 12 Town Hall Meetings in Elmira, Bath, Jerusalem (Yates County) and Waterloo. According to his office they will be rescheduled, but the aide couldn’t confirm the dates. When the meetings happen there will be real questions for Rep. Reed. Let’s hope he has real answers.