We can’t fix what is wrong with government without having new people involved — people who are not beholden to the Washington establishment.–Tom Reed
What Tom Reed thinks is wrong with government or how Trump’s cabinet might fix it, he doesn’t say.
- What is wrong with the State Department that Rex Tillerson, an oil company executive without foreign policy experience, is expected to fix?
- What is wrong with the Department of Justice that Jeff Sessions, a person with a checkered reputation thought to be hostile to voting rights, is expected to fix?
- What is wrong with the Department of Education that Betsy DeVos, an advocate of privatization with limited knowledge of education, is expected to fix?
- What is wrong with the Department of Health and Human Services that Tom Price, an opponent of affordable health care who is accused of abusing his office for private gain, is expected to fix?
- What is wrong with the Department of Housing and Urban Development that Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and political wannabe, is expected to fix?
- What is wrong with the Environmental Protection Agency that Scott Pruitt, who disfavors Federal environmental regulations is expected to fix.
Similar questions could be asked about other proposed cabinet members. We should ask Tom Reed to explain.
Tom Reed, like President Trump, has an inflated opinion of his own expertise. Reed claims knowledge of manufacturing, agriculture, economics, and other fields of study in which he has no known education or experience. Lacking experience in government himself, the President might well have appointed persons with helpful expertise; instead he seems to have preferred the inexperienced. Even Tom Reed pretends he can offer the President useful advice.
Excellent article, thank you.
On education alone, Tom Reed says in his own way, that the states should ‘have more control over Federal dollars for education’ – a perfect lead in to support vouchers and charter schools.
Reed said: “With the geographic and cultural differences across our country, federal influence in education can have drastically different impacts in urban areas, such as New York City and Los Angeles, compared to more rural areas, such as the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. We have hosted roundtables across the district and have heard from students, parents, teachers, and local administrators and it is clear that a “one size fits all” system from the federal government is not effective at making sure our children receive a high quality education.”
And let us not forget that Reed himself wrote a bill to cut off benefits to parents whose disabled children might not meet the school schedule Reed thought they should. Such an education advocate!
Tom Reed’s “it’s only fair” cliché might be believed by those who want change even at the expense of their own families, jobs, and children’s future; in reality Reed’s use of those words means ” It’s only bread and circus”.
Are we showing up at Reed’s office Tuesday? If we are, I’d like to focus our efforts on Medicare and the ACA. This has become the main focus of Town Hall meetings and demonstrtions to the point lltlhllat it is making national mainsteam news. Let’s keep the momentum going.
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With the geographic and cultural differences across our country, federal influence in education can have drastically different impacts in urban areas, such as New York City and Los Angeles, compared to more rural areas, such as the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.
What in the world is Reed thinking? Why should people in NYC need a different education than folks in Buffalo, Ithaca, Elmira, or Topeka? Is he suggesting that local prejudices should be reinforced?
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That would be my take. And if those influences are left up to the states, many of those red state’s educations would plummet even further in school quality.