Sept. 30, 2013 (Steuben Currier) — Reed “implied a shutdown would be preferable to continuing business – and spending – as usual. “Hopefully we can avoid a shutdown, but we didn’t come here to maintain the status quo,” Reed said.
Shutting down the government was one.
Tom Reed wrote:
This legislation will make elected officials, instead of unelected bureaucrats, accountable for approving or disapproving new regulations. “More accountability for elected officials is good government.”
Do our Representatives have time to approve hundreds of regulations as the Reins Act would require; could they ever agree? Perhaps Tom meant he opposes measures to protect the environment.
Tom Reed wrote:
Each taxpayer dollar spent must be carefully examined to make sure it is being used in the most effective way possible — it’s only fair.
How long would it take Tom to examine every dollar? Could he do it in a lifetime? Perhaps Tom only meant he is miserly with money spent to help those in his district who are not already well-off.
Oct. 13, 2013 (Democrat and Chronicle) — Rep. Tom Reed’s hard-line support for the strategy House Republican leaders have pursued in the partial shutdown of the federal government could become a defining issue for him in the next election. …“I didn’t come here to maintain the status quo,” Reed said Tuesday after a closed-door meeting at which House Republicans were updated on the continuing deadlock with Democrats. Reed’s comment has become a familiar refrain highlighting his ties to the tea party wing of the GOP.
Get real, Tom. There are important matters before Congress. Quit clowning over what is pointless and impossible and get to work. Start putting the public interest before party interest, self-interest, and special interests.
© William Hungerford – August 2014