I 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 action—can’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