#4 Senator Harry Reid, it is time to leave!

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: Activism, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |



Harry Reid

Senator Harry Reid (Democrat) was first elected in 1986.  He will be up for election again in 2010.

In February 2009 when the country was struggling with high unemployment numbers and a terrible economy, this is how he voted to spend more of your tax dollars (plunging us deeper into debt for future generations):

1)  Voted to pass a stimulus package worth billions when the country is already deeply in debt.  The excuse  was that it would create jobs and help the economy.  In the stimulus package were the following things to “help the economy”:

  •   Voted to keep a $245M earmark in the stimulus bill to “help Hollywood” via tax credits
  • $15.84 billion for student financial assistance, including Pell Grants (Div. A, Title VIII) Editorial Note:  When millions are out of work, is it important to plunge us deeply into debt to pay for more student’s college education?  Let them work their way through school like so many generations of college students before them.  
  • Included not less than $250,000,000 shall be available for competitive grants for innovative programs to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service
  • Included an additional amount for `Scientific and Technical Research and Services’, $220,000,000.
  • To the National Endowment for the Arts: For an additional amount for `Grants and Administration’, $50,000,000, to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities  Editorial note:  This group most recently has used their money and abilities to provide signage and art to support the President’s pushing of the government run healthcare program.  These were your taxpayer dollars furthering the personal agenda of pushing government healthcare on everyone.

Senator Reid has many, many examples such as the one above where he is more than willing to commit trillions of dollars for almost anything, as future generations will be the ones committed to paying it back.

 Growing the government to take more control (these excerpts are from laws he voted for)

1)      Establishes the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to oversee appropriated funds and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse (Div. A, Title XV).  Editorial note:  There are laws on the books that can prevent the fraud, waste, and abuse, the laws haven’t been enforced for decades)

2)      Establishes the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to allow for the electronic use and exchange of information that secures and protects patient health information, improves health care quality, reduces medical errors and health disparities, reduces costs from inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate or duplicate care, and incomplete information, and improves coordination of care between hospitals, laboratories, and physician offices (Div. A, Title XIII).  Editorial note: This is setting up a focal point who will ensure there is a health technology network in place nationwide –  in preparation for the Government run healthcare that the House and Senate Democrats are trying to pass. 

In 2001, Senator Harry Reid voted against an amendment that would prohibit the use of funds from tax-exempt organizations and labor unions for broadcast ads supporting federal candidates.  Apparently he wanted to preserve the “free reins” of the special interest groups to help in federal campaigns.

And finally there is the matter of common sense and being non-partisan for the good of the country.  Recently Senator Reid led a vote against permitting 72 hours of public viewing time of the Chairman’s mark of the Healthcare Proposal.  He and his fellow democrat Senators voted to not have any time to review the finished product and associated financing prior to the vote.  This is absolutely a disservice to the country.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked by over 20 other Senators recently to instruct pertinent Senate committee chairmen to investigate ACORN’s offenses and identify the sources of all federal funds that ACORN and its affiliates receive. Despite the fact that the U.S. Senate has at its disposal 20 committees, 68 subcommittees, and 4 joint committees, the Majority Leader has denied the request, stating he will not instruct Senate leaders to do anything that would detract from efforts to address the issues currently before Congress.  ACORN is involved in a criminal case now involving voter fraud.  There are 10 other states investigating similar voting fraud charges.  In addition, they have had several offices filmed advising people on how to handle taxes on businesses with underage prostitutes.  Acorn is under investigation in several states for these last items as well.

This is a standard, straightforward request that has occurred previously with other sessions for both the House and Senate.  Under the direction of this same Majority Leader, in conjunction with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congress has held more than 150 oversight hearings on Bush-era practices and activities – transcribing more than 3,200 pages of witness testimony and printing more than 17,000 pages of unclassified, publicly available reports. For Majority Leader Reid, it seems that ‘oversight’ is a selective responsibility, and the misuse of taxpayer dollars by a fraud-ridden organization does not qualify as a priority in his purview as the Leader of the U.S. Senate.

For the inability to be fiscally responsible, uphold the duties of your office in an honorable manner, and provide unbiased leadership in the Senate, there is only one thing left to say.  Senator Reid, you have served special interests more than the people, and it is time to go.

Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
Karl Kraus



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