Wanna have some fun?
Google the following terms. "Harry Reid scandal", "Harry Reid dirty money", and "Harry Reid honest".
For the record, scandal brings up 1,300,000 entries, dirty money brings up 923,000 entries and honest brings up a comparatively paltry 699,000 entries, many of which are actually negative.
It’s not scientific, but neither was my 1998 pronouncement on KRLV’s morning show that Erin Kenny was a crook. She’s now serving two and a half years.
My point is this:
Harry is working hard at becoming California’s third Senator which leaves an opening here in Nevada, since he’s supposed to be representing us.
Here’s how Harry has represented the state that took a scruffy young lawyer from Searchlight, sent him to Washington and gave him a shot at the national stage.
1) Harry wants to economically devastate White Pine County.
After years of hard work on the part of the folks who live in one of the most picturesque parts of the state to improve the local economy and diversify it from the mining industry, Ely is about the be the beneficiary of not one but two coal-fired power plants. The actual location of the plants in the Steptoe Valley is so remote that they will present quality of life issues to nobody.
But Harry is trying to curry favor with the farthest left of the Democratic Party and so he has not only announced that he’s now AGAINST coal fired power plants but wants to shut down the construction of those already in the pipeline. He’s told the media that he has a secret plan for doing so.
2) Harry wants you to pay twice as much for your power here in Las Vegas.
What nobody has told Harry—especially the geniuses on his various staffs that you and I pay for—is that those plants are not being built to generate power for the 9,000 or so residents of White Pine County. Or for that matter, many of the rest of the residents of rural Nevada, who always seem to consistently vote Republican.
No, one of those plants is owned by Sierra Pacific which owns Nevada Power and much of that power is destined for—you guessed it—right here in Las Vegas where the effects of Nevada Power’s lack of internal generation capacity has already taken us from one of the lowest cost power areas to one of the highest.
The private estimates of those who deal in the power futures market on a daily basis is that the combination of Nevada Power having to buy about half of its power from outside the state and the continued growth of Las Vegas is a recipe for doubled power bills in the near term.
Thank Harry, the guy we sent to Washington to represent us.
3) Harry is against Yucca Mountain
OK, this next one is probably not quite exactly fair except for the fact that Harry keeps taking shots at President Bush for being inflexible.
Back when we sent the boy from Searchlight to Washington, many of us (about a million and a half of us, to be more precise) did not live here. The thought of the nation’s nuclear waste being stored about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas made a compelling argument to get someone elected.
These days, if we were to ask 100 Las Vegas residents chosen at random if they cared, the majority would probably not even be able to spell Yucca Mountain.
But they sure are tired of their power bills going up. And you could probably make a case to them for putting a nuclear power plant at Yucca Mountain if it would cut their bills from Nevada Power.
Yet Harry—because nobody on his staff has acquainted him with the fact that we have about a million and a half more people here than when this issue first came up—has never even used his so-called powers to try and negotiate a better deal for us.
Too busy pandering to his contemporaries for campaign contributions and power.
Which means that if we DO end up with Yucca Mountain, we won’t have much of a say in how it will happen.
Now I’m not saying that Harry’s a crook but I am saying that his judgment stinks and he’s lost touch with Nevada and he needs to be replaced.
By way of full disclosure, I am the CEO and a large shareholder in a company which owns radio stations and radio station construction permits in Northern Nevada. And we invite Harry to tell our audience why he’s trying so hard to hurt them. But we won’t hold our breath waiting.