Tom Reed has announced a town hall meeting on Monday, November 20, 2017.
Town of Horseheads
TIME: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
71 Old Ithaca Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
By Monday, Tom will already have voted for H.R.1, the Republican “Tax Reform” bill. He will be proud of that accomplishment; it will be too late to yell about it.
If Tom were interested in his constituents opinions on taxes, he would have scheduled his meeting prior to voting. He didn’t; he isn’t.
Constituents have little need to attend to learn Tom’s views. They have been widely published and aired on TV.
Watch out for tricky answers to questions:
- If asked why individual tax cuts are temporary, Tom may point out, correctly, that if the economy prospers as he expects, they can be made permanent in the future. Tax rate changes in the House bill are no more than a distraction in any case–up for some, down for others. It matters little if they do expire.
- If asked about his own taxes, Tom may say he expects to pay more. That may be true if only personal income taxes are considered.
- If asked about SALT, Tom will attack Gov. Coumo and NYS government.
- If asked about the deficit, Tom may point out, correctly, that if the economy prospers as he expects, the deficit will shrink.
- If asked about cuts to government programs, Tom may claim, falsely, that they are necessary to protect our children from government bankruptcy.
- If asked about a specific measure which may be hurtful to many, Tom may point out that his only choice was to vote yes or no, and he preferred yes, putting the many before the few.
I believe Tom had three goals in Congress which he has promoted since his first townhall meeting:
- Overthrow Obamacare.
- Reduce government spending particularly on “entitlements.”
- Cut business taxes.
Tom is now on the verge of accomplishing all three. He might gladly now retire from Congress and return to bill collecting.
What can be accomplished at this meeting?
- Tom’s announced challengers for the 2018 election may be present. This would be a chance to meet them.
- Think about which candidate could run an effective campaign on a low budget.
- Talk to others at the meeting about ideas which are better than Tom’s.
- Talk to others at the meeting about legitimate concerns about the interests of student, seniors, and those likely to lose important benefits.
Facts don’t matter; it’s about image. Tom will pose as responsible. He will “agree to disagree” with those who bring up facts. He will counter facts with “alternate facts.” Tom thrives on disruption; he could ask nothing more than disorderly protest.