Robertson went so far as to advocate for a socialist, government run, single payer health care system! That means the government runs our hospitals and employs our doctors…Is that the kind of system that will improve healthcare? No way! Martha Robertson and her liberal Washington allies are going to spend millions in our community spreading lies about Tom Reed. That’s why he needs your help in defending our Western New York values. –Seth Wimer, Tom’s Campaign Manager
Tom Reed misses few opportunities to link his opponent, Martha Robertson, with liberals, extremism, Tompkins County, and Ithaca; here are more examples (Katerine Pudwill is Reed’s spokesperson):
In contrast, spokeswoman Katherine Pudwill offered: “Martha Robertson is ignoring a potential disaster in her own back yard because her liberal ideologies will always come before jobs. The people of Lansing will face higher taxes and drastic negative impacts to local school programs. This is really no surprise coming from Martha Robertson who has consistently voted to raise taxes and increase spending in Tompkins County. Tom has twice reached out directly to Martha on this issue, and she has rejected the idea of coming together to solve the problem. Tom Reed is willing to stand up for these jobs and the future of the community, the question is, why isn’t Martha Robertson?”
Pudwill neglects to mention that lower taxes in Lansing mean higher electric rates there and elsewhere.
Last night a group of 28 extreme liberal Senators took to the floor of the US Senate for an all-night talk-a-thon about global warming. Martha Robertson wasn’t on the floor, but she would have fit right in with these liberal eco-extremists. At a campaign event in Ithaca, Robertson declared, “in my heart of hearts, climate change is the most important issue.” This came just a few weeks before she said that “conservation” is her favorite fuel.
Tom seems indifferent to the threat of climate change; apparently he considers it a liberal fabrication.
“Clearly, Martha Robertson doesn’t care about the thousands of hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet here in New York,” said Katherine Pudwill. “Whether it’s higher energy prices or fewer jobs, families are working hard to pay the bills while Robertson believes the focus should be on global warming. Her liberal priorities are far out of touch with the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier and are a stark contrast to Tom Reed’s commitment to bring jobs back to New York.”
Tom’s commitment to jobs has been limited to rescinding environmental regulations. For Tom, concern for the environment, and support for affordable health care are extreme liberal views. Is Tom right; is Martha Robertson the extremist of the two? Lets look at Tom’s views:
- National Debt is his first concern (when confronted, he admits it isn’t debt but interest; still he never stops complaining about debt).
- Default is not a concern (he voted against raising the debt limit to avoid default).
- Balance budget in good times and bad (neither desirable or possible during a recession).
- If people are hungry, they will look for and find jobs (supports cuts to SNAP benefits ignoring need).
- Cutting unemployment benefits helps the unemployed to find jobs (wouldn’t hire long-term unemployed himself, he says).
- Raising the minimum wage is undesirable (but low paying jobs are no problem).
- Rescinding regulations creates jobs.
- People need have no more health care than they can afford
- Social Security benefits must be cut.
- Low taxes for business and the wealthy.
Tom, who has no known expertise in economics, says that he has read what the experts say and can see they are wrong. That’s an extreme view. Experts say default would be a disaster of incalculable extent; Tom says no. Tom’s is an extreme view. Tom’s views are extreme because they are unsupported by any evidence–they reflect only GOP talking points. Tom’s views are extreme because, if implemented, they would do great harm:
- Cutting spending to balance the budget during a recession would make the recession worse.
- Cutting SNAP when the need is great will leave more people hungry.
- Refusing to raise the minimum wage means that many working people will need SNAP to get by.
- Cutting Social Security and Medicare would leave many seniors destitute.
While Tom likes to point the finger at Martha Robertson accusing her of extremism, he himself is the one with the more extreme views.
© William Hungerford – April 2014