Harry Reid: Crony jobs bill to shore up the political base
If you’ve ever wanted a good argument against seniority as a good way to pick leaders, Harry Reid is your poster boy. The Nevada Democratic Senator and House Majority leader manages to make himself look stupid on any number of occasions during a legislative year. His latest:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.
“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
Really? That’s the sector “government” needs to worry about more because “private-sector jobs have been doing just fine?” Where in the world, other than the Senate cloak room, has this man been?
What this is, and anyone who can’t figure this out doesn’t deserve to be in a political discussion, is just another version of cronyism. Teachers unions and government unions are where you find the Democrat base. This is throwing taxpayer money to that base in order to shore it up for the upcoming election. Nothing more.
He has access to your tax dollars and spending them in this way benefits his party. Screw the country, he has an election to win. Of course he’s also the Senate leader who hasn’t offered a budget in over 900 days. That’s dereliction of duty.
Reid reiterated his emphasis on creating government jobs by saying Democrats are looking to “put hundreds of thousands of people back to work teaching children, have more police patrolling our streets, firefighters fighting our fires, doing the rescue work that they do so well … that’s our priority.” He said Republicans are calling the bill a “failure” because they are “using a different benchmark for success than we are.”
Yeah, they’re using the private sector where jobs generate revenue for taxes to pay for all the nonsense Reid spouts.
Government workers are not producers in the sense of the production we need to get the economy going. But they are voters. This is an attempt to keep them in the Democratic corral long enough to get Democrats re-elected. Then Harry probably won’t care very much again.
Remember, when Obama was calling for his jobs bill to be given priority, Harry Reid was on the Senate floor expounding on the virtue of … bike paths (and, naturally, calling for government to pay for them).
Ever get the idea that we’re all now serfs on a huge plantation paying for the whims of our “leaders”.