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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Harry Reid -- "Slipup From Searchlight"

Captain Ed Morrissey takes note of an editorial in the Las Vegas Review- Journal which takes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the woodshed:

By Thursday afternoon, the video clip had close to 400,000 hits on YouTube. Like an "American Idol" reject who has no idea he can't sing, Sen. Reid serves up speechification that crashes and burns in spectacular fashion. Doesn't the Democratic Party have its own Simon Cowell, someone with enough common sense to cut off the Slipup from Searchlight before he finds all new ways to embarrass his home state?

Funny thing about coal and oil. Before they began transforming Americans' everyday lives by providing electricity and transport that didn't require a horse, average citizens trudged though life with mouths half-full of teeth, fortunate to live past age 40. Far from making us sick, they've powered advances that have extended the country's collective life expectancy to about 80, helped eliminate hard-core poverty and made us the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet.

Today, coal still provides half the country's electricity -- power that allows Las Vegas air conditioners to run 24 hours per day during the soul-searing heat of July, power that lets partygoers enjoy the city's luxuries at all times. And how did they -- and the foodstuffs they ate for breakfast -- get to this otherwise uninhabitable tourist outpost? They drove or flew here on a tank of fossil fuel.

Perhaps we should be grateful for Sen. Reid's uninspiring words. If Congress ultimately gives up on sacrificing our economy and quality of life, Sen. Reid's stumbling, mumbling policy pitches might be his lasting gift to this nation.
Then again, one only has to look up a different YouTube clip to see that any well-reasoned discourse escaping Sen. Reid's lips is a miracle worthy of papal recognition. In an interview with Jan Helfeld, Sen. Reid first denies that America's progressive tax structure transfers wealth from its most productive citizens to its least productive, then attempts to argue for several minutes that the federal income tax is voluntary. That clip already has about 175,000 Web hits.

"Our system is a voluntary system," he says again and again.

Wow. It is nice to see a local paper excoriating the incompetent Mr. Reid. The idea that coal and oil makes us sick is insane. The Review-Journal is right to call him out for his inanity. They point to the progress that such energy has brought the nation. What is even better is the bit about income taxes. That we had not heard, as yet, but it is equally hilarious. A voluntary tax system? Really? And if we choose to participate in the voluntary system by not paying next year, we will not be put in jail, or ordered to pay our taxes, Mr. Reid?

This man is an embarrassment to the state of Nevada, and Lord only knows how this man assumed the highest position of power in the Senate. There had to have been some backroom deals cut because the man is simply too inept to have forced his colleague's hands. Of course, given the average IQ amongst Democrats in the Senate, he might have been the smartest one they could have chosen. We do hope that the people of Nevada will show Harry Reid where the door is when he runs for reelection in 2010.



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