It doesn’t make headlines, but the most important job we have is helping our constituents and small businesses…Rep. Tom Reed
Do we read beyond the headlines? President Trump may not. Tom Reed may not and suppose we don’t either. Tom recently posted articles on facebook with these headlines:
- Great news for hardworking Americans: “U.S. Adds 200,000 Jobs; Wages Rise by Most Since Recession
- Tax bill beginning to deliver bigger paychecks to workers
Tom may not have read beyond the headlines, but his constituents did. Here is a sample of what they found:
- The U-6, or underemployment rate, rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent; measure includes part-time workers who’d prefer a full-time position and people who want a job but aren’t actively looking
- People working part-time for economic reasons rose by 74,000 to 4.99 million in January, though months aren’t directly comparable
- Julia Ketchum, a secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week.
- Todd Anderson of Texas and his fiance, who are both educators, got an extra $200 in their paychecks combined to cover the costs of a second baby on its way.
- Tom Reed: did you read the article? Are we jumping up and down for an extra $100 or $78? And what happens to social security, Medicare, and Medicaid when these programs are targeted to make up the difference for the big tax cuts for your rich donors?
- “He said it’s not enough to feel like a windfall or change his spending habits, but is a pleasant change. Yet, he thinks the tax overhaul wasn’t really about him or other workers, but more about corporations and the wealthy. “I think the people this bill made the most difference for are the ones who needed it least,” he said.”
- “Wayne Love, who works in managed care in Spring Hill, Florida, got an extra $200 in his paycheck last week, which he said will help offset a $300 increase in the cost of his health insurance.”
- Did you read the article, Tom? In the examples cited the increases are pathetically small. $78 dollars a year? For this we are giving billions to you and your cronies who will then slash Medicare and Social Security? This is outrageous highway robbery, taking from the working folk to give to the obscenely wealthy.
Did Tom or the staff member who posted it read beyond the headline? Does Tom know that his constituents may read what he posts? What do readers think?