The 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?
- Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years;
- Balance the federal budget by 2030;
- Secure Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years; and
- Make America energy secure by 2024.
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