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‘Call me Tom’

Rep. Tom Reed sworn into office

January 9, 2013

MAYVILLE — A new congressman is officially presiding over the 23rd Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, was sworn into office Tuesday by Hon. John T. Ward, in association with Hon....

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Jan-09-13 2:01 PM

Anyone want to take a guess at what % of the enacted Fiscal Year 2010 budget (approx. $3.7 trillion) went to what is commonly considered to be "Foreign Aid"; both military and economic? Note that I'm NOT making a judgment as to whether it was well spent or not, just having some fun with common perceptions. According to a number of "studies", if you ask that question of the next guy coming down the street, the answers seem to average out around 25%. In a very recent conversation somebody insisted to me that the figure was around 33% "of the budget". Holding that those figures are in fact true, eliminating "foreign aid" would obviously wipe out a huge portion of the budget deficit.

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Jan-09-13 11:57 AM

Will you be there Phil?

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Jan-09-13 8:50 AM

I hope Mr. Reed will explain why our country with a debt of over $16 trillion, borrowing over 40% of the budget to pay the bills yet we continue to piddle away billions of dollars each year in the form of foreign aid? Does it make sense for the U.S. to borrow billions from China only to give the money to other countries? Does it make sense to threaten social security, medicare and medicaid while giving $11 billion each year to Afghanistan, $3 billion to Israel, $3 billion to Pakistan, $2 billion to raq, $2 billion to Egypt, $1 billion to Haiti and additional mega millions to a host of other foreigh countries? Does it make sense to threaten our so called "entitlement programs" while we had no problem spending $12-15 billion per month to pay for middle east wars that were based on lies? I hope the congressman will answer these questions during his town hall meetings.

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Jan-09-13 8:36 AM

"The debt ceiling involves the faith and credit of the United States. It can not be held hostage because the crisis impact of failing to pay the government’s debts would be immediate, worldwide, and shattering."

Just got this today in a newsletter from....Newt Gingrich. Thought I would share.

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Jan-09-13 7:48 AM

I just hope he understands the time to complain about how large the debt has become is NOT when the payment is due. To hold the debt ceiling hostage to promote an agenda will harm all of us, just like it did last time when some in our Congress failed to understand basic economics. This time however, if they threaten to do such an action I hope the President takes action and bypasses them completely.

When you consider cuts is when you are SPENDING. Just like many of us are getting our credit card bills and freaking out when we realized we spent more than we should have. We HAVE TO STILL pay the bill. I hope Rep Reed understands this and stands by the people and not that pledge to Norquist he signed.

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