Important Reminder: Harry Reid is despicable

Posted by: Phineas on March 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Seven Marines were killed in a training accident in Nevada last night. So, how does Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader, Democrat of Nevada, respond to this tragic accident? Does he offer condolences to the families? Prayers for the dead? Ask for a moment of silence?That’s what any decent human being would do.

But we’re talking about Harry Reid, instead:

As I indicated, it was quite a big explosion. We’ll follow this news very closely. I will do whatever I can going forward to support the United States military and the families of the fallen Marines.

Mr. President, it’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way sequester was written. Now, the bill that’s on the floor, we hope to pass today helps that a little bit. At least in the next six months, it allows the military some degree of ability to move things around a little bit. Flexibility, we call it, and that’s good. But we have to be very vigilant. This sequester should go away. We have cut already huge amounts of money in deficit reduction. It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary.

These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back this stuff. I just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military. They are significant, being away from home, away from families, away from their country.

Emphasis added. In other words, if we hadn’t had a roughly 2% scale-back in the rate of increase in spending, which is what the sequester is, these Marines wouldn’t be dead. And, following the administration’s political line, those deaths are therefore the fault of the Republicans, even though the sequester was Obama’s idea and Reid opposed a Republican plan to give Obama flexibility in applying the cuts:

“Republicans call the plan ‘flexibility,’” Reid said in February before the Senate killed the bill. “But let’s call it what it really is: a punt. As President Obama said Tuesday, it would simply raise the question: ‘Do I end funding that helps disabled children or poor children? Do I close this Naval Shipyard or that one?’”

He told reporters that he would not change the sequestration law if Republicans didn’t agree to tax hikes. “[U]ntil there’s some agreement on revenue, I believe we should just go ahead with the sequester,” Reid said, per The Hill.

So, using Reid-logic, are he and President Obama then ultimately to blame for these deaths?

Of course not. This is just a tragic accident, something that’s been happening in militaries since time immemorial. The Marines will investigate and find either faulty equipment or procedural errors, and then fix the problem. It has nothing to do with a minimal slowing of the growth in federal spending that’s only just begun.

But that doesn’t stop a petty, weaselly punk like Harry Reid from using dead Americans to score cheap political points.

Like I said: “despicable.”

RELATED: In case you don’t know, Harry makes a habit of putting party ahead of decency. In 2007, as Majority Leader and with the war in Iraq just entering a crucial phase, Harry Reid went before the nation to say America had lost, cutting the legs out from under our troops to depress morale at home, giving aid and comfort to the enemy in order to advance the Democratic Party, before our forces had even entered the battle known as “the Surge.” A battle which, by the way, they won in a brilliant fashion, crushing al Qaeda.

Have I mentioned that Harry Reid is despicable?

UPDATE: The Marines aren’t happy with Reid, either.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Important Reminder: Harry Reid is despicable”

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  1. In the original draft, Dingy Harry claimed the sequester could have been avoided if Mitt Romney wasn’t a tax cheat, but a senior staff member convinced him that was last year’s talking point.

  2. Carlos says:

    Ya don’t like the way things are going with sequestration, Dingy? Getting hit a little too close to home, are ya?

    THEN DO SOMETHING YA HAVEN’T DONE IN FOUR YEARS, YA LOP-EARED WEASEL. AND PASS A FREAKIN’ BUDGET! You alone are responsible for the lack of a passed budget for the past four years.

    Not the Republicans.

    Not the President (even though I’d be more than happy to lay that at his filthy feet).

    Not the House, which has sent several budgets to your chamber that you won’t even allow to be discussed.

    You are, as indicated, a despicable person and a sorrow excuse for a human being that has no business being in ANY public office.

  3. Chris in NC says:

    Phineas, is it a 2% cut or a 2% reduction in the increase that the baseline budget gives each year? In other words, an office that received 100 dollars the year before, will they get 98 dollars or will they get 105 dollars instead of the baseline 107?

    If the latter, then Reid is doubly full of shit because no cuts were made.

  4. It is surprising he did not bust out a guitar and start singing the old Country Joe & the Fish tune from the ’60s about being “the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box”; this in view of the fact he makes about as much sense as a drug-scarred hippie.

  5. Phineas says:

    Chris:

    Phineas, is it a 2% cut or a 2% reduction in the increase that the baseline budget gives each year?

    It’s a 2% cut in the increase. In other words, the overall budget still grows, though some departments get hit worse than others. I know some people in defense-related industries who are looking at trouble in the late summer. But, at least, Obama’s vacations are unaffected.

  6. Polly says:

    It grieves me that many hold Nevada responsible for Reid’s re election. The night before the election the polls had Sharon Angle ahead of Reid by a full six percentage points.

    Election day the power goes out in Las Vegas where the unions maintained the voting machines. When the power came back on Reid some how won. Trust me, most Nevadans are as devastated by the result as the rest of the sane people.

  7. Carlos says:

    The reason, Polly, that many hold Nevada responsible for Dingy’s re-election is that Nevada IS responsible for his re-election. Maybe they voted in droves for Angle, but they also have allowed the corrupt unions, overwhelming criminal aliens and a political judiciary to become the law of their land.

    Hence, just like Phineas isn’t directly responsible for such luminaries as Nazi, DiFi and Guvner Moonbeam, he is a Californian and partially responsible for their continued blight on American politics, just as I’m partially responsible for Guvner Death here in Oregon.