N.Y. delegation to the House gains clout

overboardBrian Tumulty, in an article published in the Elmira Star-Gazette on Nov. 8, suggests that Republicans, at long last, may be ready to throw far-right Republican members of Congress overboard.

Tumulty writes:

The three newest members of New York’s delegation to the House of Representatives appear to fit the “Main Street Republican” image of the rest of the delegation. The nine Republicans who will represent New York in the U.S. House next year likely will play an important role helping House Speaker John Boehner marginalize tea party dissidents.

Rep. Tom Reed, of Corning, said he sees “a lot of problem-solvers” within New York’s GOP House delegation next year. “Problem solvers” are committed to bipartisan cooperation.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, is quoted:

Leadership will be very happy to have New York Republicans there taking votes sometimes that people in other parts of the country would find it difficult to vote yes on, The far-right group that in some cases does look for perfect and will let perfect be the enemy of the good, their voice will be not quite as loud in the next Congress, and I think that’s good for America.

“As a delegation, I think we’re the kind of members that leadership can count on for good government,” Rep. Collins reportedly said. “The far-right group that in some cases does look for perfect and will let perfect be the enemy of the good, their voice will be not quite as loud in the next Congress, and I think that’s good for America.”

Was Tom Reed’s pre-election swerve to the left sincere? Will he now shortchange his right wing supporters who, for no good reason, imagine he owes them allegiance? Time will tell.

© William Hungerford – November 2014




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12 Responses to N.Y. delegation to the House gains clout

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    John KatKo “.the disaster that is Obamacare….we must allow insurance companies to compete across state lines” *(My note: otherwise does appear more moderate on ACHA)

    ” ..There’s no question women should receive equal pay for equal work ( *shaking his head “no” while telling us he’s “for” pay equality)……….”I am opposed to “the paycheck Fairness Act because…” *(blah, blah, blah)

    “The national unemployment rate has fallen, but only because millions of frustrated job seekers have left the work force altogether………” “The replacement of Obamacare could have a significant positive impact on existing job security and new job creation.” “For each dollar workers earn, we lose more than 50 cents in higher taxes and reduced government benefits (like nutrition assistance and Obamacare subsidies), discouraging work.” “Supporting new higher tax credits” *(I’m assuming that means corporate tax credits?)

    Elise Stefanic:
    “Elise will work to pursue fundamental tax reform, make it flatter and fairer for everyone…”
    http://eliseforcongress.com/issues/regulatory-tax-reform/ *(Flat tax?)

    “Elise believes we need to repeal Obamacare and replace with common sense solutions…”

    “That means our future generations are already saddled with crushing debt, and the programs that seniors count on are in jeopardy of going bankrupt in the near future, including Social Security and other entitlement programs. But still Congress refuses to take meaningful action.
    http://eliseforcongress.com/issues/fiscal-responsibility/ *(the same erroneous scare tactic )

    Lee Zeldin:
    “It has been said that a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have. And today our bloated federal government is so big that its costs and debt have become a great threat to our children’s future” ……”Their budget deficits, and the underlying debt it has created are simply unsustainable; they threaten our future – they literally have the potential of destroying our country.” * (let’s drown it in the bathtub; Whose budget deficits?)

    “Throughout his first term and now into his second, this President has pushed aside basic, core economic principles in favor of priorities that are designed to reshape America into a country our Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize.”……”his [President Obama’s] outrageous borrowing and reckless government spending have only succeeded in burdening our children—and their children—with a mountain of debt that they’ll have to dig themselves out from before they can even hope to earn their share of the American Dream.” *(Whose borrowing?)

    “I am deeply compassionate for both the life of the parent and for that young life as well. In Washington, I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Preborn children are no exception.”……..*( no women’s right to choose there..)

    “I have never supported Obamacare. Never will.
    (* agrees with Repeal and Replace)

    “Tough decisions must be made to reform entitlement programs in order to address our nation’s growing debt. But those decisions must not deny current beneficiaries the support they have relied upon for their golden years. Instead, these programs must be changed so that they can be made solvent for future beneficiaries.” *( in other words- the Ryan Plan)

    “Unfortunately much of our energy supplies are off limits because they are on federal lands. The federal government owns nearly one-third of United States territory. And sadly, much of this land is not being developed for energy resources due to federal restrictions. I support privatizing some of that property, and transferring the management of some federal lands to the States, to allow for energy resource development.” ( drill baby drill )

    “I do not support amnesty.”

    In my opinion the only Republican moderate of those mentioned, is Richard Hanna.
    The others listed above, are repeating the Tea Party and Paul Ryan rhetoric on issues. The same talking points and objectives Tom Reed has been pushing – and Tom Reed is by no means a moderate. Perhaps the far right wing of the GOP has been drilling and filling the American public with their wacko ideas under the guise of ” Saving America” for so long – even some on the left are finally buying it.


  2. whungerford says:

    Current GOP leadership may have moved sharply to the right, but is still moderate compared to the wackos.


  3. Anne says:

    The always-brilliant Brother Moyers reposted this from Common Dreams this morning (since Reed is all about tax reform, I think it’s time to hammer him on the Financial Transition Tax): http://billmoyers.com/2014/11/04/infuriating-facts-disappearing-middle-class-wealth/

    Liked by 1 person

  4. whungerford says:

    Anne, perhaps you will write an article on that.


  5. solodm says:

    In what ways? Shutting down the government, and threatening to do it again? Telling the President not to “light the match or he’ll get burned”? Not addressing the long overdue Immigration bill until they are ensconced in power? Promising to repeal the first true healthcare reform the US has had in decades? Promoting the idea of suing the President of the United States for getting a minimal amount of work done?
    What IS “wacko”?


  6. whungerford says:

    Try searching for Lt. General W.G. Boykin, USA (Ret).


  7. Deb Meeker says:

    Lt. General W.G. Boykin is not in GOP leadership, in a government office, nor able to sponsor or vote on his psychotic world views.
    The newly (re)elected Congressional R/C/T may have “softened” their language, but will follow their real leaders edicts. Their real leaders are the Kochs etal., who have purchased them lock, stock, and barrel.
    Gov. Perry was espousing this type of platform in 2012. The ideology may never completely be accomplished, but these are still their goals; the same ones that were enumerated many years ago:


  8. whungerford says:

    Deb, you are a hard sell. How about this: Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-1) shared a link. November 7
    #Obummer economy fails to add jobs at expected rate…again. #Obama’s policies are killing America.
    Or this: One elitist judge Daniel Crabtree dictated his marriage views superior to 417,675 of Kansans who voted for #1M1W


  9. Deb Meeker says:

    Well, you made me laugh out loud with that one —( it was crazy cackle more than a laugh); they get away with incredible language and judgement in Kansas. However – again top donor is Koch for Rep.Tim Huelskamp.

    We’ll all have to see what evolves when things go all Lord of the Flies.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. whungerford says:

    Rep. Collins statement: “The far-right group that in some cases does look for perfect and will let perfect be the enemy of the good, their voice will be not quite as loud in the next Congress, and I think that’s good for America” is confusing–a left-handed complement at best. Collins says the far right is perfect, but that’s not good for America.


  11. BOB McGILL says:

    whungerford says:
    November 10, 2014 at 10:00 am
    Bob, can you find an example where one has bashed corporate America or wealthy people? Please be specific. I suspect it is only your fantasy.


  12. solodm says:

    Bob, once again, you prove your grasp on the difference in definitions between stating fact and “bashing” is lacking.


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