Sunday, May 29, 2011

HnC Vault: Reid My Lips

Originally published October 24, 2010

Senator Harry Reid has come up with a unique explanation for the reason his home state now has a disastrous 15% unemployment rate: it's because he was too busy single-handedly saving the planet to worry about Nevada and "but for me, we'd be in a worldwide Depression."

And truthfully, who can forget those exciting and dramatic days in late 2008 when
a new and surprisingly scrawny superhero appeared on the scene and worked such economic wonders? Remember when he lifted the World Bank all by himself, his cape flapping in the wind? Don't we all recall his rippling, spandex-clad body as he halted U.S. unemployment at under 8%? And it seems only yesterday that this same hero passed a gigantic stimulus bill which would have been immoveable by a mortal man!

Look- up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...

Well, we can't
say what it is. But you find a lot of it behind a well-fed bull.

Update 5/29/2011

Today's cartoon was retrieved from the vault to contrast Harry Reid's claims of being busy with what he's actually getting done. Which is to say "almost nothing."

As a case in point, last week the Senate (over which he presides) voted down the president's budget, and the Republican budget. Meaning the only thing left to vote on is the Democrats' budget, right? Wrong.

Because there is no Democrat budget - yet again - and according to Mr. Reid, "There's no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion."

And he's right, in a perverse way. After all, the only point of a budget is to make sure you have enough money to pay all your bills, and tell you when to stop spending. And since Reid already knows that he won't let that happen, any Democrat budget would simply be a joke.

But Americans aren't laughing, and a recent poll shows that nearly two thirds of them now want a balanced budget amendment. And probably fewer un-balanced politicians like Reid.



Dave said...

Well how could you expect Mr Reid to worry about something as minor as our Federal budget when he is so busy bringing the greatest country on earth to it's knees? What does a budget matter when it is so more important to destroy this republic and its constitution!

Pete(Detroit) said...

And Cowboy Poets! Gotta fund the Cowboy Poet Festival!
Even with massive vote fraud and theft, I can't imagine how this squishy butt nugget managed to win re-election. Gotta HOPE for a CHANGE in the Senate, put the Rs in charge, and leave this fool a withered, bitter shell, desperately clinging to SOME thing...

John the Econ said...

It was Reid that saved us? Hilarious! I thought it was people like me who kept buying our economy when the chicken-littles were selling.

At some point after the shock of 911, there was a paradigm shift in Washington that deficits just didn't matter anymore, and it brought on an age of Keynesianism on steroids. (Keynesianism had pretty much been abandoned by most credible economists by the post-Reagan age) The Bush Administration and the GOP Congress were happy to sign off on this because it suited their agendas as much as it did the Democrats. Whatever credible talk there was about "controlling deficits" was purely political hot air; the GOP only used the argument for controlling deficits for to use the Laffer Curve to defend low taxes and the Democrats only used deficits to promote their class warfare agenda.

Reid represents a state that is primarily known as an entertainment provider. And people can only indulge in Vegas-style "entertainment" if they have surplus in the rest of their life to do so. So if everyone is going broke, they're going to be going in front of us. The GOP has to be pretty mediocre to lose to this clown in that environment!

Doktor Paulie said...

@John the Econ: so utterly, completely, plainly true! And the GOP establishment seem determined to learn nothing from all that's happened. That's why the party will either undergo a hostile takeover by the Tea Party, or go the way of the Whigs.

Lee The Voice said...

How much more depressed can the economy be, when the gaming industry in Las Vegas No longer pays it's slot machine winners in coins? Nope, If you hit a winner, you have to press a button, and a slip of paper comes out, which you take to the cashier for your payment.