Every day brings me new campaign advertisements promoting the congressional re-election campaign of Tom Reed, each ad making less sense than the last.
Yesterday’s Tom Reed screed came in the local Pennysaver, a non-news newspaper that advertises local businesses and organizations. The ad, from the Seneca County Republicans, promoted not just Tom Reed, but Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan as well.
The first message in the ad is that voting Republican is the way to “protect your personal freedoms”. That’s an odd message, given that both Tom Reed and Paul Ryan have repeatedly voted to attack Americans’ personal freedoms. Both Reed and Ryan voted to approve the National Defense Authorization Act that gave the President of the United States the power to imprison American citizens without trial or criminal charge. Both Reed and Ryan voted to extend the Patriot Act’s unconstitutional spying powers, without reform, and both support the similar extension of the FISA Amendments Act, which has created a massive electronic surveillance network that gathers’ Americans’ private communications on a regular basis. Mitt Romney supports these anti-freedom policies as well, though he has never held any national office which would have given him the opportunity to take real action on such issues.
The message in this little Pennysaver ad that really tickles me, however, has to do with taxes. The ad complains that Seneca County has the 9th highest property taxes of any county in the nation.
The thing is that electing Tom Reed, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney won’t help with that particular problem. Congress and the White House don’t set property taxes.
The Seneca County Republicans might as well have complained that Seneca County has a terrible highway superintendent. Voting Row B at the top of the Republican ticket won’t do a darned thing to affect such local issues.