Monday, August 2, 2010

Senator Dirty Harry Reid & Pork Barrel Spending

Senator Dirty Harry Reid, ranked Number 6 in the US Senate for fiscal year 2010 for the number of earmarks, (pork barrel spending projects) that he brought home to Nevada. Reid brought home more money than the other four members of Nevada's Congressional delegation combined, pushing Nevada into the top 10 of states that received the most federal earmarks per capita. In fact, during the last two years Reid brought home nearly $662 million for pork barrel projects. In Washington speak, this is a badge of honor that no doubt Dirty Harry will attempt to use in his desperate re-election campaign when it should be a badge of shame.

But let's dig deeper to understand both the implications for Nevada and the nation. Even with this $662 million dollars in pork barrel spending, Nevada has the highest official unemployment rate at 14.2%, the highest foreclosure rate as property values have fallen 40% and the highest bankruptcy rate in the country. Clearly, Obama's trillion dollar, deficit spending SwindleUS Plan, rammed through by none other than Senator Dirty Harry Reid, has been a complete failure. Obama's HealthScare Plan, again rammed through by Senator Dirty Harry Reid will result in higher insurance premiums for all, rationing of care and serious cuts in Medicare benefits for senior citizens. How will this help most people in Nevada or any other state?

The Obama/Reid/Pelosi CAP & TAX Plan if enacted into to law will raise energy costs for all and raise the cost of all goods and services. Finally, allowing the Bush Tax cuts to expire, which is advocated by Obama and the Socialists who control Congress, including Dirty Harry, will be a disaster for Nevada and the nation since Nevada is highly dependent on tourism funded by discretionary spending. If taxes go up, people have less money to spend on travel. Well duh! That will mean more job losses, foreclosures and bankruptcies in Nevada.

Yep, Dirty Harry brought home the bacon all right to the tune of $662 million in pork barrel spending and all that SwindleUS money, yet the situation in Nevada has gone from bad to worse because Keynesian style government deficit spending, that is bankrupting our country, does little to create real economic growth especially when combined with Obama's stifling government regulations and higher taxes. What's worse is that Harry had to borrow the money from the Chinese and other foreign countries to bring home the bacon as he added to the nation's 13 Trillion debt. And, what is really funny as part of that pork, a new fire station will be built in Reno, that local people voted down because they did not want to pay for it. Yes, Reno is getting a new fire station except there is one little problem. There is no budget to staff it. Instead, the same number of union firemen, who are very highly paid in Nevada, will just be rotated from other fire stations; hence there is no real gain in coverage.

So, when Dirty Harry says he alone is good for Nevada in his re-election campaign, we must ask the question, Oh Really? Where are the jobs that would stem the foreclosure rate and end the bankruptcies? They are not happening because the private sector will not make investments as long as Obama's Socialist Schemes, supported by Dirty Harry Reid, are still on the table. And, as long as we have high unemployment, people will not be traveling to Nevada to spend their money to boost the Nevada economy. Of course, the President told tourists and businesses to stay away from Nevada and we see the end result, don't we?

The horrible situation in Nevada proves very clearly that government deficit spending and all these pork barrel projects do not stimulate economic growth, or create jobs. Would it have been worse without Dirty Harry's pork barrel projects and the SwindleUS Plan, maybe, but how can it be much worse? Some government jobs have been "saved" but it has been at the expense of private sector jobs for no net gain. And, given the $13 Trillion national debt that is growing by the day and the failure of all this deficit spending to create jobs, it is obvious, that the Obama/Reid/Pelosi Socialist Schemes are the wrong direction for the country.

We need to take back our country in 2010 and 2012 to bring some fiscal sanity to Washington by electing Conservatives who support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, term limits to end the corruption that is rampant in Washington, a strong national defense, including securing our border and fighting Terrorism, real energy independence and health care reform, the right to bear arms, the sanctity of life and family values. This is the winning platform supported by the majority of the American people and the only way to grow our economy and create jobs.

Most important, we must elect Conservatives who support the Constitution, as written by our Founding Fathers, not as contrived by the left wing media, Socialists Obama, Reid, Pelosi, former Presidents, Congresses, or the Courts. We must take back our country in 2010 and 2012 by sweeping these Socialists out of office, including Senator Dirty Harry Reid of Nevada. We can do it. We must do it to preserve our freedoms, our nation and for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

P.S. Give money now to Nevada Republican candidate Sharron Angle to dump Dirty Harry Reid. Just go to and give, give, give.

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