Situations reveal character. The current legislative impasse, aka, the government shut down is doing that very well. Today, we found out that the Senate majority leader, Senator Harry Reid is against helping kids with cancer. He doesn’t want to help them, even if he could save one child. The following are his words in response to a question from a reporter from CNN, Dana Bash. “If you can help one child, why won’t you do it?”. The fine upstanding, compassionate, caring, “working for the little guy”, paragon of virtue and morality, sage-like and endued with wisdom from on high, Reid responded “Why, why, why would we want do that?” “I have 1100 at Nellis Air Force Base who are sitting at home, because of government employee furloughs. They have, they have a few problems of their own. This is, to have someone of your intelligence suggest a thing means you’re as irresponsible and reckless.” Now, now, Harry, you have to watch that war on women with such a rebuke to Ms. Bash. So the “honorable” Senator Reid weighs helping children with cancer against using the political leverage and bargaining chip of defunding parts of the military and decides that it would be irresponsible and reckless to even help “one child”. It would be a reasonable bet that Harry takes care of his own when it comes to “saving one child”.
It must be noted that the Republicans in the House of Representatives sent a bill authorising the continued funding for clinical pediatric cancer trials at the National Institutes of Health to the Senate. In Mr. Reid’s politically calculating mind he reasons that it would be irresponsible and reckless to sign it-it just doesn’t advance his agenda. Harry has a moral consistency like pond scum. Several years back, he went looking for an apology from Rush Limbaugh amidst the distortion of events surrounding the “phony soldiers” episode. You see, Senator Reid has always had a place of honor and deep, deep respect for our soldiers (tee hee) because they are so politically useful. He has no concern for them per se. His concern for them goes only as far as his opportunity to use them for political ends. Hopefully, even the useful idiots who think that the only place in the government one can find compassion is with the Democratic party can see Senator Reid for the cold hearted and bitter man he is. Situations reveal character.