Railroad German

s-bahnI was once at a railroad station in Germany with a friend, a native speaker of German. We needed to know which side of the tracks to stand on to go downtown. I suggested my friend read the signs posted near the tracks. “Oh no, he said, that’s railroad German; no one understands that.”

I feel the same way about Tom Reed’s political statements. Vague and incoherent, rife with unsupported allegations, they seem designed to leave a false or meaningless impression. Political speech often serves to offset political action–vote one way and say the opposite. Political speech may serve the politician, but it ill-serves the public.

What does Tom read mean by real economic growth, or truly catastrophic disability? We can only guess. Like railroad German, Tom’s writing is often pompous–here are examples from his press release Acting to Defend Private Property:

  • recent adverse action taken by government actors against Southern Tier landowners–NYS fracking ban
  • unfairly harmed by government actioncan’t realize top dollar leasing mineral rights.
  • open the judicial process in a more fair and equitable way–tilt the law to favor landowner suits.

I find it hard to believe that Tom writes such stuff himself, but even harder to believe he pays someone to do it.

© William Hungerford – February 2015



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12 Responses to Railroad German

  1. josephurban says:

    Tom says whatever ALEC tells him to say. Maybe they have the same speech writer as Sideshow Sarah?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. whungerford says:

    I hadn’t realized that ALEC helped write Tom”s bill, but here is evidence.

    Click to access 3G9-The_Private_Property_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf


  3. Anne says:

    I shouldn’t be surprised by anything anymore, but this one caught even me off guard. I posted the link to his page; wonder if he’ll bother to comment?


  4. josephurban says:

    ALEC has been the shadow GOP Congress for many, many years.


  5. BOB McGILL says:

    you won’t be happy till you take all property rights away 😛
    The democracy will cease to exist… (Quotation)
    Quotation: “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
    Sources consulted: Searching on the phrase “democracy will cease to exist” and “willing to work”
    1.Monticello website
    2.Ford’s Works of Thomas Jefferson
    3.L&B (CD-ROM version)
    4.UVA EText Jefferson Digital Archive: Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government, Texts by or to Thomas Jefferson from the Modern English Collection
    5.Thomas Jefferson Retirement Papers
    6.Quotable Jefferson (searching in the index under “democracy” and “work”)
    Earliest known appearance in print: 1986[1][2]
    Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Jefferson: See above.

    Other attributions: None known.

    Status: This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears a very vague resemblance to Jefferson’s comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy: “To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, —the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it “


  6. Anne says:

    “Working” and “property” are not the same things.


  7. josephurban says:

    Thomas Jefferson is an excellent example of a man who worked with his own hands and his own labor to make a great deal of wealth. He took nothing from anyone else ! No slaves for him. He never took anything from others (like labor, sex) for free, did he?


  8. Deb Meeker says:

    Is Tom Reed to be compared to Jefferson? Does Tom Reed wish to have slaves?


  9. BOB McGILL says:

    you people are a waste of time, you just twist everything to suit your own agenda. Oh well maybe it’s in the water. 🙂


  10. BOB McGILL says:

    ” As long as he lived, Jefferson expressed opposition to slavery, yet he owned hundreds of slaves and freed only a few of them. ”
    ” Jefferson had a long-term relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings, and fathered some or all of her children. ”
    ” Although criticized by many present-day scholars over the issues of racism and slavery, Jefferson is consistently rated as one of the greatest U.S. presidents. ”
    ” Jefferson initiated a process of Indian tribal removal to the Louisiana Territory west of the Mississippi River, having opened lands for eventual American settlers “


  11. BOB McGILL says:

    ” Thomas inherited approximately 5,000 acres (2,000 ha; 7.8 sq mi) of land, including Monticello, and between 20 and 40 slaves. He took control of the property after he came of age at 21. The precise amount of land and number of slaves that Jefferson inherited is estimated. ” 😛


  12. josephurban says:

    But Bob…You are the one who claims that property owners like me won’t be happy until they take away my property rights. And you are the one who quotes a slaveowner lecturing to us about the value of a man’s own work. Do you even read your own posts ?


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