Crazy ideas that some nevertheless believe.

 tax reformOur goal is to create good paying, high-quality jobs while cutting taxes for the middle class. This can be done through incentivizing the manufacturing sector and small business growth, as well as lowering rates on businesses and investments. This path will ensure that hard-working folks of our region, and across America, have more money in their pockets.–Tom Reed (facebook)

We need to focus on uniting for the victims and their families.–Tom Reed (facebook)

There is no need to make these ideas up; one sees them frequently on Tom Reed’s facebook page.

  • Laissez-faire is all the government we need.
  • States can do everything better than the Federal Govt.
  • We should return to the gold standard.
  • The government should be funded with tariffs on imported goods.
  • Another war might be necessary.
  • People need arms for a possible insurrection.
  • The rich should be taxed less, the poor more.
  • We spend too much on those in need.
  • Tax cuts for the rich benefit all of us.
  • Cutting taxes increases revenue.
  • Consumption taxes are fairer than income taxes.
  • Income tax is (or ought to be) unconstitutional.
  • Any firearm regulation  is (or ought to be) unconstitutional.
  • Gun toting citizens are an answer to crime and violence.
  • Everyone, rich or poor, has what they deserve.
  • Effective firearm regulations are impossible.
  • Government can do no good.
  • Recessions and depressions are inevitable.

Some of us are believers in these. Their beliefs are immune to argument; they are based on faith not fact. Are believers influenced by relatives, fake news, political propaganda, little education, or what, one wonders?

My father claimed to be a “rugged individualist” and an “independent voter.” He favored Hoover over FDR. During the depression, he said, it wasn’t the government but people helping each other that mattered. But when he was older, when inflation had depleted his savings, when he was dependent on Social Security and Medicare, he softened his views. I got more raises from Social Security than I ever got from my boss, he avowed.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Crazy ideas that some nevertheless believe.

  1. Arthur Ahrens says:

    ***********Trump is on track to win reelection***********
    Trump is enjoying great success with his base (a great many who believe a lot of the items in this post), and that is all that he needs to get reelected.

    I see no cohesive message from ANY opposition.

    Unless the Democrats unify, we will be gifted with Trump for 8.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-on-track-to-win-reelection/2017/10/06/91cd2af0-aa15-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.14a5b64bc7c2

    And speaking of Democrats, there is still only a barely visible presence in NY23, while Tom Reed continues with newspaper and TV publicity, touting his bipartisan role. Reed’s town halls continue to burnish his bipartisan bonafides.

    Art’s unofficial Reed Vs. Democrats Publicity Tally For NY-23 since 11/9/2016
    Includes Town Halls, Television Appearances, Editorials, Press Conferences, Newspaper Articles, Missed Opportunities
    Tom Reed 42
    Democrats 10
    Democrat Missed Opportunities 5

  2. whungerford says:

    I was astonished that this article about Ian Golden features a video of Tom Reed.
    http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/2017/10/06/congressional-candidate-traveling-district-foot/738885001/

  3. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Thanks for that. Not only featured, but Reed’s photo / video is BIGGER than Golden’s.

    This is why I keep beating the publicity drum. And now….

    Art’s unofficial Reed Vs. Democrats Publicity Tally For NY-23 since 11/9/2016
    Includes Town Halls, Television Appearances, Editorials, Press Conferences, Newspaper Articles, Missed Opportunities
    Tom Reed 43
    Democrats 10
    Democrat Missed Opportunities 5

  4. Arthur Ahrens says:

    It looks like Reed is going to have plenty of money to use for reelection.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-supporters-eager-to-drain-the-swamp-help-fill-gop-coffers/2017/10/05/ec214f22-a53d-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_trumpdonors-6pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.dedc1c3541c1

    Lots of Money + Lots of Free Publicity + Town Halls where the opposition presents itself as rabid ideologues = Cakewalk to reelection.

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