Tom Reed’s extremism


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



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13 Responses to Tom Reed’s extremism

  1. BOB McGILL says:

    Mr. Wonderful has spoken, especially like the way you add your own little twist ! Just one question, what good does it do for the country when you misrepresent the facts and twist everything to scare seniors and the less fortunate ? There is no way anyone could be so positive in their thinking as you, when the experts admit that even they aren’t sure. A little POMPOUS, I would say !!!!! 🙂


  2. Anne says:

    No, I think William got this one exactly right, and his points read as facts, not as opinions. I’d only add that the most egregious example of Reed’s extremism is that each of his votes, each source of money he courts, his every action since he’s been in office (and his every action before) all have, at their root, the same precondition for his acceptance: will this benefit Reed’s own bottom line, and how is it going to help plump his own wallet? That attitude is the extreme opposite of what he was elected to do, which is to be a public servant. It’s serve *us,* not serve himself from the corporate money buffet table.


  3. BOB McGILL says:

    WOW a little off your meds this morning ? Just who is ” US ” in your mind ? ” THAT ATTITUDE ” is just your perception. William is just a self proclaimed know it all, that has his own agenda, truth be damned. His thinking is so twisted that when he dies they will have to screw him into the ground ! 🙂


  4. whungerford says:

    Tom’s April 2 press release is titled “TOM REED CONCENTRATES ON LOCAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES.” What opportunities are those? Oil and Gas extraction jobs you might have guessed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 200,000 persons are so employed–fewer than two workers in a thousand. Why focus only on that?


  5. Arno Selco says:

    Dear Mr. Reed: What do you suggest as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act? Tort Reform is anti-free market because it requires price fixing; that is, it imposes a cap on the awards for which victims of malpractice can sue. Tort Reform punishes victims of malpractice in much the same way that malpractice on the part of the financial industry punished the poor and the middle class. A health savings account requires that you have surplus income to deposit. Such accounts are no different than certificates of deposit and mutual funds. Even if you have surplus income to deposit in a health savings account, what are the chances that you can deposit enough money to cover a catastrophic illness? Being able to purchase health insurance across state lines only initiates a race to the bottom. There will be a direct connection between your premium and the quality and amount of your policy. I doubt that you support regulating these policies to make sure that they provide holders with the insurance that they need at a reasonable price. Finally: how do you propose to provide health insurance to those who can’t afford it? Unless everyone has health insurance, we’re back to people without it going to emergency rooms for treatment–which you, I, and your constituents will pay for. That’s truly socialized medicine. The individual mandate was created by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, to make sure that everyone takes personal responsibility for her health care.


  6. whungerford says:

    Thanks for sharing your informative letter. I wonder if Tom has answered it?


  7. BOB McGILL says:

    gee, there are only 110,000 or so employed by agriculture . 🙂 Agriculture uses about 25% of all the land in NY.


  8. BOB McGILL says:

    Arno, in the long run you and I are going to pay, either for the insurance or the health care. Remember the ACA is so everyone can get insurance, whether they can pay for it or not. If ” NOT ” Uncle Sam will use our tax money, or the insurance company will just charge us more. “That’s truly socialized medicine ” is, in fact, what it’s all about !


  9. pystew says:

    Reed knows that the Koch Bros and other other Oil/Gas PACs would be a bit upset if Reed even thought about Climate Change.


  10. BOB McGILL says:

    did you see Schumer on the news today ? Electric bills went up as much as 65%. We nearly had a gas shortage. If you had your way, about global warming, we would all freeze to death before the planet warmed one tenth of a degree.


  11. BOB McGILL says: Cached
    ALBANY — Go forth and frack! Supporters of natural-gas drilling say a year-old draft state Health Department report that’s been kept under wraps
    And your hero Andy is cheating the people of the State of New York out of BILLIONS.
    There is NO positive proof CLIMATE CHANGE as you define it, even exists.


  12. Anne says:

    You must be enjoying the new incarnation of “Cosmos.”


  13. josephurban says:

    I love the way some folks use the word “liberal” as some kind of negative. I think the opposite is true. Most of the real progress, in politics, science and society, has been brought about by “liberal” thinkers and workers. I embrace the term. It stands for a very positive set of ideas and actions. Not perfect, but better than the alternatives.


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