We must aggressively pursue an agenda of opportunity. — Rep. Tom Reed
An opportunist exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than following consistent principles or plans. Is Tom an opportunist? Let’s see:
- Tom says the deficit is a priority, but he votes for additional spending whenever it suits him.
- Tom says: “Caring for our veterans’ health needs must always be a top priority,” but instead of helping, Tom suggests a partisan witch hunt for those responsible for malfeasance.
- Tom says he opposes temporary measures, but votes for them whenever the party whip asks. He opposed SNAP funding and unemployment extension saying they were temporary. In case of business taxes, he voted to make temporary measures permanent.
- Tom would give companies with holdings overseas a temporary tax “holiday.” The trillions of dollars held overseas could come back to the U.S. at greatly reduced tax rates. That money could be used for highway projects. Any excuse will do for another business tax break.
- Tom seldom misses an opportunity to have his picture taken.
- Tom joined NO LABELS, but hasn’t repudiated pledges he signed as he should. Instead he has signed more pledges.
- Tom says he opposes waiting till the last minute to agree on legislation, but does that repeatedly.
In 2011, Tom spent Christmas in the Capitol with former GOP Rep. Nan Haworth waiting at the last minute for someone else to blink.
Is Tom an opportunist? It sure looks that way. Tom seldom fails to do what’s best for Tom.
© William Hungerford – July 2014