Author Archives: Ray Copson

For a Government that Works, Elect Martha Robertson

Republicans are making hay out of a number of recent missteps by federal government agencies.  The CDC’s slow response to ebola in Texas, the failure of the Secret Service to prevent an intruder from entering the White House, and the … Continue reading

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Tom Reed’s Obamacare Deception

At his campaign website, our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, is offering constituents the opportunity to “FIGHT BACK AGAINST OBAMACARE” by signing a petition. A headline deplores “Obamacare exemptions for Congress and Washington Bureaucrats” (sic). There is no exemption for Congress … Continue reading

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Republicans Undermine Our Nation’s Ability to Fight Disease

During a Senate hearing in September, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, was asked whether sequestration had harmed our nation’s ability to fight disease threats. This was his answer. “I have … Continue reading

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Tom Reed’s Extreme Position on the Minimum Wage

Martha Robertson, the Democratic candidate for the House in New York’s 23rd, favors raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10. So do 73 per cent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center poll.  Small wonder.  … Continue reading

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Why is Reed Afraid of Debates?

Voters in New York’s 23rd will have very limited opportunities to see their two congressional candidates in face-to-face debates before the November 4 election.  The reason?  Tom Reed. Reed seems particularly reluctant to let voters in the western part of … Continue reading

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Reed Should Explain Shutdown Vote — or Apologize

Today’s economic news is quite good. The unemployment rate has fallen below 6 per cent for the first time since July 2008, and 248,000 new jobs were created in September. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has increased its estimate of … Continue reading

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Tom Reed, the Ryan Budget, and Seniors

Our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, has always been supporter of the budget proposals championed by House Budget Committee Chair, Paul Ryan. Reed voted for the Ryan budget again last April. Seniors in New York’s 23rd should be aware of a … Continue reading

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Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

Last week, NPR highlighted the budget cuts at the National Institutes of Health that are undermining medical research at U.S. universities. The NPR study focused on the University of Virginia, but here’s a look at how the cuts have affected … Continue reading

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Immigration Reform: Where the Blame Really Lies

There is much disappointment over President Obama’s decision to delay promised administrative changes to immigration policy until after November’s mid-term election. Millions of undocumented workers will continue to live in the shadows, farms and businesses that depend on immigrant labor … Continue reading

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We Need Serious People in Congress

Our nation faces serious challenges at home and abroad. Global warming, jihadists in Iraq and Syria determined to do us harm, Russian actions in Ukraine that recall Hitler’s aggression in the 1930s, and the unchecked ebola outbreak in Africa are … Continue reading

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