Harry Reid’s clout? What has it gotten us?

To the editor:

Since Harry Reid took public office in Washington, D.C, the state has gone from 40th to 49th in terms of federal taxes paid vs. federal taxes returned. The per capita share of our national debt for Nevadans has gone from $5,000 to $40,000. The Office of Management and Budget and the Census Bureau estimate that in 10 years the number will be $70,000 for every man, woman and child living in Nevada.

In the stimulus package, Nevada was listed to get $1.5 billion vs. $4.5 billion for activist nonprofits like ACORN. In the southwest region alone, Nevada is slated to receive the least amount of funds.

How about TARP funds? Anyone see any money allocated to Nevada banks? How much money did Clark County, one of the worst hit counties in the country for foreclosures, receive from HUD? Nothing.

Who is going to pay the costs to expand Medicaid in Nevada — $1.7 billion for the federal share and $613 million for the state in the next 10 years? The Congressional Budget Office has a clue. Interest payments on the national debt are poised to skyrocket. CBO projects that the government’s annual spending on net interest will more than triple between 2010 and 2020.

Can anyone forget the $300 million for Louisiana and $100 million for Nebraska, Florida and Connecticut included in the bill? Where’s Nevada’s piece of the pie, Sen. Reid?

If the facts aren’t enough, look at what Sen. Reid promised when he became majority leader. He promised to end the war, an open and ethical Congress, and an end to special interests in Washington, D.C. Not one of these promises has been kept. So do you really believe the half-truths printed in Sen. Reid’s letter to the editor this Sunday on health care? I don’t. The numbers speak for themselves.

Michael A. Donnelly

Las Vegas

High tide

To the editor:

As I read the Sunday paper, I happened to notice in the Viewpoints section that there was a debate about the health care bill between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Gov. Jim Gibbons. When I read Sen. Reid’s side, it became clear that he doesn’t read what he writes.

He said the bill means "universal health care" and that even someone with no job (unemployed) would have access to affordable health care. What kind of math are the Democrats using these days? Is this the new math taught in our schools? How can someone with no job — making zero dollars — afford anything, let alone health care, no matter how cheap it is?

People with no money or job will be fined by the Gesta… oops … I mean IRS for not purchasing insurance. Is there a proviso in the bill that allows no penalty and free health care for all? Plus, do all the people who are waiting with anticipation for their new health entitlement realize that they will probably be paying for it for three or four years before they can enjoy any benefit from it?

The tide is getting high.

Roger Ouellette

Las Vegas

Not for Nevada

To the editor:

Despite his best efforts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cannot spin the reality of his job-killing record in Washington, which has failed to curtail skyrocketing unemployment in the Silver State. Sen. Reid has consistently put Washington before the best interests of Nevada, and his hypocrisy and failed leadership will cost him his seat this November.

In his Sunday op-ed, "Will reform help or hurt?: It will help the Nevada economy," Sen. Reid desperately attempted to turn the tide on his abysmal poll numbers by making several demonstrably false statements, including his assertions that the Democrats’ health spending bill will reduce the federal deficit and will benefit small businesses.

In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the bill actually adds $4 billion to the deficit in the first year alone, and it levies a tax of $2,000 per worker on businesses with 50 or more employees that do not provide health insurance. The small business tax credit that Sen. Reid is so proud of expires after just two years.

Sen. Reid also touts his aggressive "jobs agenda" and argues that Washington Democrats have "jump started" the economy.

This is astonishing, considering Nevadans are scraping to make ends meet with a 13.2 percent unemployment rate.

Already, key job creators in a number of states have announced that they will take further hits as a direct result of Sen. Reid’s costly and unpopular health spending bill.

From his perch in Washington, Harry Reid brings the term "out of touch" to a new level.

Perhaps that is why dozens of consecutive public opinion polls have demonstrated that Sen. Reid is trailing his Republican challengers. There’s no doubt that Harry Reid will be forced to explain why he put the Washington Democrats’ agenda over the clear interests of Nevadans, and we are confident that voters will hold him accountable on Election Day.

Rob Jesmer

Washington, D.C.

The writer is executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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