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About whungerford

* Contributor at where we discuss the politics, economics, and events of the New New York 23rd Congressional District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, (Eastern) Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben,Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates Counties) Please visit and comment on whatever strikes your fancy.

The Constitution

 In a deeply uncertain, shifting, unequal and violent world,” imperfect constitutions “may be the best that we can hope for.” — Linda Colley, quoted by Jill Lepore Jill Lepore, in a March 29th article in The New Yorker, “When Constitutions … Continue reading

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Is one socialism and the other not?

(I was) Happy to attend the signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill today at the White House. This bill is ten years in the making, and is an example of the real solutions that need to come from Washington. Solutions … Continue reading

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Tom Reed’s career in Congress

I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.–Richard Mourdock When Tom Reed was first elected to Congress, he was a fiscal conservative. He predicted incessantly that government was at the brink of … Continue reading

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Are college costs rising exponentially?

Congressman Reed led off the discussion exploring the many and varied factors that drive the exponentially rising college costs at the expense of the student, resulting in many carrying a heavy debt burden for many years after graduation.— Michael Garay … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Washington needs to work for the American people and that is why I have been consistent in my support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. This bill is 10 years in the making and it will be beneficial for our area … Continue reading

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2021 Ballot Proposals — Election Results

Proposal 1, an amendment Amending the apportionment and redistricting process Choices Total Votes % Votes No 791,477 52.5% Yes 715,546 47.5% Proposal 2, an amendment Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment Choices Total Votes % Votes … Continue reading

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NYS 2021 Ballot Proposals

Ballot Proposal 1: FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE, AN AMENDMENTAmending the Apportionment and Redistricting Process This proposed constitutional amendment would freeze the number of state senators at 63, amend the process for the counting of the state’s population, … Continue reading

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Afghanistan timeline

Soviet Russia supports a moderate Afghan government. Ronald Reagan doesn’t like Communists. Mujahedeen are anti-communist, so Reagan gives them weapons. The Russians leave Afghanistan. The Taliban take over. After 9/11, the Taliban won’t give up Osama bin Laden GWB decides … Continue reading

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Tom Reed’s 2020 Financial Disclosure

Reports are due May 15 of the following year. The House has 30 days more to post them. It isn’t clear why Tom waits till the last minute. Tom requested a 90 day extension in 2019 and 2020; it isn’t … Continue reading

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Colonial Pipeline

I suppose the operation of a pipeline requires coordinated control of pumps and valves along its 5000 mile length. This could certainly be done securely. Employees at stations along the pipeline could operate the equipment. Instructions could come from telephone … Continue reading

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