Reed Refuses Ithaca Town Hall Invitation

surprise-lucille-ballThe Ithaca Voice newspaper has offered to sponsor a Town Hall that would be lived-streamed. Rep. Reed’s communication director rejected the offer, citing that they have planned to be in Tompkins County “in the spring”, and that Reed does not participate in sponsored Town Halls.

The Ithaca Voice article about the offer the details of what the paper offered: the length of the Town Hall (One hour and 15 minutes), the reporters who would ask the questions, 20 minutes of questions from the audience, that Reed could have a staff member to “fact check” information, and more. It sounds like it is a well thought out plan.

You can read the article here.

What really caught me was when Reed’s communication director reported that Reed does not do sponsored Town Halls. Why? Because I attended a Tom Reed Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Yates County Tea Party in 2011. Yes, his Town Hall meeting at the Benton Fire Department was a Tea Party meeting opened to the public.

Not only did we say the Pledge of Alliance, we sat through the Tea Party ritual of a prayer and the reading of the Tea Party values were recited before the meeting. Although  if was open to the public here were some raffles and a basket was passed for a donation. You could also buy coffee.

You can read the article that was in the Chronicle Express about the meeting including the topics that were discussed. The big item was the government’s credit ceiling. You can guess Reed’s stand on supporting increasing it. Besides what was listed, the Tea Party members brought up  the need to have all voters carry identification cards because of the number of “illegal voters”. Remember, this was early 2011. That was first time I heard anything about voter suppression. Rep. Reed did not disagree with the Tea Party’s accusation. I thought that would be a passing fad; boy was I wrong.

I wonder what would happen if a local SCOPE organization made an offer like the Ithaca Voice. Would Reed’s team turn it down? How about the Salamanca Press?

Another “fact” that inquiring minds might have picked up on–Does the Reed team have their Town Halls planned for the whole year? The communication director knows that they will do a Town Hall in Tompkins County in the spring. I wonder if they will give us a “tentative” Town Hall schedule.

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4 Responses to Reed Refuses Ithaca Town Hall Invitation

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Tom Reed prefers sneaking into Ithaca occasionally to visit the Cornell mascot. or as he did last night with the protesters sitting in in his office. There is a short video of Reed trying to ‘handle’ one of the protesters complaints, and of course Reed is always ” appreciating and grateful for people’s statements – he just ignores the content.


  2. whungerford says:

    If the Catholic Worker’s goal was to get Tom to repudiate Trump, I doubt they enjoyed success. They did get him to visit his Ithaca office.


  3. Rynstone says:

    Congressman Reed stopped doing “sponsored” Town Hall meetings to make them more inclusive to all constituents. Many Progressive Liberals fear the polite and respectful “TEA Party” members of all Party affiliations.
    Congressman Reed has also held a remarkable number of Townhall meetings since 2011. Without doing any research he may possible be the one Congressional member who has held the most Townhalls in a large geographical district consisting of eleven counties.

    As for the “Occupy” protestors I totally disagree with mush of what they are “demanding” #1 terrorists traveling into European countries and the US has been a problem. #2 I am sure if you researched it you would he Catholic Charities is being paid by the Federal Government to be involved in the housing of Refugees. (How many of these Catholic Charities volunteers have refugees living in their homes and are providing food and clothing to them?) It is a shame to have Veterans who are homeless and other American citizens unemployed and on assistance while providing refugees incomes that are more thna most people os Social Security.

    Are we willing to risk any US citizens being killed or injured in a terrorist attack from one single refugee?

    When this country first opened the doors to large number of immigrants there was not a massive taxpayer funded social network funding them. Senator Ted Kennedy pushed for and got a huge increase in teh number of immigrants allowed into the US. The Bill is called “The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.” While there is certainly space here in the US for more people there are not enough jobs or taxpayer monies to take care of all of them.

    Senator Kennedy declared the following pushing this Bill to allow more immigration;
    “First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same…
    Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset… Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia…
    In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think… The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.”

    How have Kennedy’s promises stood up to the passage of time?

    Fifty years later, the Census bureau predicts that the foreign-born population is set to increase 85 percent by 2060, where Hispanics will see their number grow by the tens of millions and native-born whites are the only group expected to decline in both absolute numbers and fertility rates.

    Fifty years later, the U.S. places no numerical limit on the immediate family members of aliens admitted into the country. Despite holding only five percent of the world’s population, the U.S. is the most popular destination in the world for immigrants, attracting 20 percent of all the world’s migrants.

    Fifty years later, the U.S. allows some 15 to 30 million illegal aliens to squat on its territory while allowing over one million more each year to legally enter the country.

    Fifty years later, the native-born population of whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Jews and all the rest suffer economic loss while the foreign-born see net job growth.

    Fifty years later, Central American governments are propped up by $12.2 billion in remittances taken out of the American economy by foreign workers the U.S. refuses to tax or expel.
    The United States gives away billions in foreign aid to many of these countries.
    Why are we paying to “fix” their country and then “paying” to support them here in the US.

    Fifty years later, Central American migrants, thousands of whom are indigenous Mayans who can’t write or speak even Spanish, storm the border in endless waves while federal agents fly them to nearly every state in the union without so much as a photo ID — while American citizens are fondled and scanned by the very same TSA agents.

    Fifty years later, we have Rep. Luis Gutierrez threatening Americans in Spanish, vowing they they will be made to suffer “electoral punishment” for resisting a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, declaring his one loyalty is the not to the United States but to foreigners breaking immigration laws, and printing “Do Not Deport Me” cards for those same individuals.

    Fifty years later, Americans are led by a president who illegally grants deportation stays for five million illegals that will allow them to get Social Security numbers (and therefore the ability to vote in U.S. elections) along with $35,000 per head in tax benefit freebies forcibly taken Americans who managed to hold onto their jobs, who joyfully predicts that a “President Rodriguez” will leave the borders wide open for future tsunamis of immigrants.

    Fifty years later, American schools punish “racist” students who wear shirts depicting the American flag and taxpayer-funded colleges vote to ban the flag after angry illegal immigrants complain it “triggers” them.

    Fifty years later, illegal alien Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros received no jail time after she slaughtered two Oregon children playing in a leaf pile by running them over, fleeing the scene, having her car taken to a car wash to scrub off the gore, and lying to police about her hit-and-run.

    Fifty years later, illegal alien Ramiro Ajualip is charged with savagely raping and sodomizing a 10-year-old Alabama girl while her parents left her alone in the presence of their “family friend.”

    Fifty years later, Vanessa Pham’s family carries on without their daughter, who died after the PCP-addled illegal alien Julio Blanco Garcia stabbed her more than a dozen times after she gave him and his toddler a ride to a hospital.

    Fifty years later, American marathon runners walk on prosthetic limbs and suffer through countless painful surgeries after Muslim Chechen immigrants Tamerlane and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were granted asylum so they could plot against the country that bent over backwards to accommodate them.

    Fifty years later in Boston, where English colonists sparked what would become the American Revolution, nearly half of all children have at least one foreign-born parent. “Learning English isn’t so easy” thanks to incredible demand for adult English-language classes, reports “Boston can’t benefit from its diversity if everyone can’t communicate.” Taxpayers are on the hook for $500,000 to teach just 200 students, yet total enrollment in these classes stands at 3,400 with another 4,000 immigrants on wait lists.

    The costs Americans pay in lowered wages, strained social safety nets, their children’s blood, their declining quality of life, the chaos of sharing space with an ever-swelling criminal population aided and abetted by the nation’s elite, the berating Americans of every stripe endure when they dare ask their country merely be preserved — that’s the real legacy of Ted Kennedy.

    That the ruling class celebrates his legacy indicates that they don’t plan to stop transforming America any time soon.

    As a Christian I want to help these people. There are many ways we can help them without allowing them into the US.

    Please educate yourselves. Visit Detroit, MI including Dearborn, Hamtramck, MI, Minneapolis, MN, Washington, DC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Philadelphia, New York City, Atlanta, Peoria, Illinois, San Francisco, Houston and Chicago to see very large groups of Muslims who are not assimilating into the American Melting-Pot Culture.
    Many of these enclaves of Muslims are are organizing and working to make “here” like where they came from.
    I have friends from Egypt, Persia (Iran), Kuwait, India and Pakistan who are Muslim. They and their families have assimilated into the American Melting Pot culture and are successful and productive and productive members of the American culture. I have a sibling who married a legal immigrant from Mexico. I am not against sensible controlled legal immigration wit proper vetting from teh Countries that have publicly announced their hate for America.

    The first time Obama used section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, reports the Examiner, was to stop “immigrants or nonimmigrants” from emigrating to the U.S. under a broader ban instituted by the United Nations in 2011.
    President Obama greatly slowed down immigration from Iraq and Afghanistan in an attempt to better vet these people. President Carter shutdown immigration from Iran in 1979 which forced my friends to first settle in the UK. In fact, Carter did much more in 1979 — he signed an Executive Order allowing his deputies to make 50,000 Iranian students then living in the United States report to an immigration office.

    Former President George W. Bush used the executive powers six times as well, and Bill Clinton did twice.
    Before Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter instituted bans using their executive powers a combined seven times.

    Carter based his order on the Nationality Act of 1952.
    This law was passed in 1952. Do you know what was going on in 1952, among other things? There was no immigration in 1952. It was shut down. Immigration was shut down 1924 to 1965. And why did we have this? What was the need for this in 1952? Oh, yeah, we had rampant illegal immigration. I’m talking about we suspended legal immigration from 1924 to 1965, but we were being overrun in 1952 like we always are. We’re the last great hope of the world. That law was written to allow the president to keep undesirables out and to kick undesirables out.


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