No Labels National Strategic Agenda

rotaryThe issues that unite us are far greater than those that divide us and we’re proud to join with No Labels as part of our effort to highlight those uniting issues. I care about the big issues we face as a country and recognize the need to agree on big goals. No Labels is one of the vehicles that will get leaders from both sides of the aisle to the table to start the conversation. Coming together with so many others who care and are interested in the process, I’m optimistic we can get a strong coalition of problem solvers to the table.–Rep. Tom Reed

“No Labels is calling for America’s leaders to support a new governing process to build a National Strategic Agenda centered on four goals.” Tom Reed supports it. So what are these goals?

No labels asserts that these goals unify us, but I have doubts.

  • Create jobs, yes, but Tom Reed believes  “government can’t create real jobs.” Tom supports the House 2016 austerity budget that is certain to cost many jobs. Tom Reed’s support for job creation is partisan talk.
  • Balance the budget, a dubious goal, but more importantly how? Tom would do it by ruthlessly cutting government spending. There is nothing unifying about that.
  • Secure Medicare and Social Security, yes, but not by cutting benefits and certainly not by turning Medicare into a voucher system as the GOP budget and Tom advocate.
  • Make American energy secure, yes. Tom talks a balanced approach, but blatantly favors burning things.

No Labels adherents are once again showering Tom with ill-deserved praise, which rings hollow in NY-23 where many of Tom’s constituents know Tom better.

© William Hungerford – April 2015



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19 Responses to No Labels National Strategic Agenda

  1. Anne says:

    Judging from the warm glow of approbation in the numerous comments left on Reed’s page (left by people who aren’t from the area, who are posting from a script, and who undoubtedly know nothing about him) I’d have to say the #1 immediate agenda for No Labels is to generate the appearance of support for otherwise unpopular congresscritters.


  2. whungerford says:

    Anne, I agree–it appears that the sole criterion for No Labels support is membership. Many seem willing to offer effusive praise with no factual basis.


  3. Deb Meeker says:

    No Labels has been a pet peeve of mine since I first started reading about it. The endorsement of Tom Reed is an obvious example of how No Labels really has no standards to tout. Sadly, some high profile Democrats also bought into the spiel, giving the No Labels “movement” credibility as bipartisan.

    “No Labels” is risk-free. The group’s mission statement is filled with the bland pablum of political campaigns. It’s the kind of stuff that’s so obvious, no one would ever disagree. unfortunately bought into the spiel, giving the “movement” credibility.
    “Even if they did have something to lose, signing onto “No Labels” is risk-free. The group’s mission statement is filled with the bland pablum of political campaigns. It’s the kind of stuff that’s so obvious, no one would ever disagree.”

    And so, there is No Labels, giving itself a pat on the back for rhetoric with no results. Tom Reed fits right in.


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    do you want to know where this country is headed ? Take a good look at what is going on in the Middle East, that is what the future is going to look like here, in the good old USA. Right now it’s just a battle of words between many special intrest groups, but in time they will be at WAR with each other.


  5. whungerford says:

    I disagree, Bob. I don’t see much in common between the USA and any Middle Eastern state. I think your comment does raise an interesting question–what would the consequences be if our political discourse were dominated by serious religious differences?


  6. BOB McGILL says:

    YOU’RE BLIND! Take a closer look at who is behind most of the problems in this country, you will see reverend so and so, this and that, most of the time.


  7. whungerford says:

    Blind or not Bob, I don’t understand your point. Perhaps you could give an example.


  8. BOB McGILL says:

    People today like to claim they are a victim of something or someone. The poor blame the rich, the GLTG people claim they are misunderstood and are discriminated against. same goes for people of color, they claim to be victims too. Then along comes a reverend King, Jackson or Sharpton and the next thing you know there is a whole new set of laws that make the working tax payer the victim. The average honest, working people are out numbered, it’s going to bankrupt the whole country ! What will happen then ?


  9. whungerford says:

    Ah, I see it now–America is a poor country, so if everyone got a fair share, there wouldn’t be enough for average, honest, working people.


  10. BOB McGILL says:

    Ah, I see it now, America is a rich country, it was stolen from the Native Americans and you think all you have to do is get the Democrats to steal a share for you.


  11. BOB McGILL says:…/add-a-new-word-to-the-racist-list-lazy


  12. BOB McGILL says:‎Cached


  13. BOB McGILL says:

    ” Investigative journalist Chuck Lewis joined Bill recently to discuss his new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, that looks at the history of government officials and media pundits speaking and repeating (and repeating and repeating) untruths to shape public opinion and policy. ” does this sound a little like you people ?


  14. whungerford says:

    What’s your point, Bob, and what do your comments have to do with No Labels?
    Do you approve of No Labels or not?


  15. BOB McGILL says:

    ” NO LABELS ” is a label.…/how_america‘s_obsession_with_money_deadens_us

    How America’s Obsession With Money Deadens Us
    In a society that worships “one market under God,” we are forced to be somewhat money-centric in order to survive. At what cost?


  16. whungerford says:

    Bob, do you agree with “No Labels National Strategic Agenda?” Why or why not?


  17. BOB McGILL says:

    ” NO LABELS ” is a label. Anyone that believes anything that comes out of Washington is a fool, especially when it’s election time. The only agenda is GETTING ELECTED. 🙂


  18. Anne says:

    Also, Reed sure was quick to toss around the “Extreme Ithaca Liberal” label when it suited him.


  19. BOB McGILL says:

    he’s just being polite 🙂


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