“It is not a question of if, but rather when these programs (Social Security and Medicare) run out – unless we take steps now to reform and save them. Individuals are paying directly into these programs and they are entitled to their benefits. The focus should be on reforms (cuts) that do not affect those who currently receive or will soon be receiving benefits, but those who are a generation out. — Rep. Tom Reed
Tom Reed’s negative political advertising says his opponent, Martha Robertson, is an “extreme Ithaca liberal.”Is Martha the extremist, or is it Tom Reed? Let’s see:
- Martha is supported by individuals in NY-23; Tom by out-of-state special interests and right-wing PACs.
- Martha would raise the minimum wage; Tom would free employers to pay inadequate wages.
- Martha would promote economic growth; Tom favors “trickle-down.”
- Martha and Tom both favor a long term transportation bill, but the GOP blocks it.
- Martha and Tom both favor RAMI, but the GOP won’t allow a vote.
- Martha would protect the environment; Tom would give polluters free rein, except near his vacation home.
- Martha would preserve Social Security benefits for all; Tom would cut benefits for those younger than 55.
- Martha would preserve Medicare; Tom would turn it into a voucher plan.
- Martha would improve Obamacare; Tom would repeal it.
- Martha favors campaign finance reform.
- Tom voted against keeping the government open.
Tom’s claim that Martha is an extremist is false; it is a smokescreen to cover Tom Reed’s extreme, tea party views. Tom has accomplished almost nothing since his first term. It is unlikely that he ever will.
© William Hungerford – August 2014