Now, here’s an issue where I dare say some of our liberal critics will agree with me (at least, I hope they will), that is, in opposing the policy one leading Democrat supports.
Instead of calling the Senate into session the week before the continuing budget resolution expires, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Mt. Crumpit Nevada) has decided to ignore his federal responsibilities to wade into state politics. He’s called for limiting the freedom of Nevadans and Americans who travel to the Silver State. And he wants to make it easier for men to exploit (and police to incarcerate) women who elect to practice the world’s oldest profession:
Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday called for “an adult conversation” about prostitution in Nevada, saying it is an impediment to economic development because it discourages businesses from moving here.
“Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment – not as the last place where prostitution is still legal,” he said in a speech to the Nevada Legislature.
Yup, he wants to ban prostitution. Allahpundit reminds us that
. . . local lawmakers weren’t thrilled at the sight of the U.S. Senate majority leader strolling into the chamber to lecture them on an issue that pales in significance to the state’s crushing unemployment rate (the highest in America) and massive deficit. As for his anecdote about businessmen passing on Nevada due to the brothels, the current lieutenant governor claims he’s never had someone tell him that before. And I believe him: Remember, for most of the past two decades, Nevada was the fastest-growing state in the U.S. It crashed horribly after the financial crisis, but prostitution’s been tolerated outside the cities since its earliest days. If the brothels are chasing people away, how to explain that phenomenal growth during the 1990s and most of the last decade?
His state has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and he wants to close off one opportunity for legal employment. So, if there’s a budget impasse next week and the government shuts down, we can all take comfort in the fact that Harry Reid took a little extra time to weigh in on such a pressing matter.
UPDATE: Doug Powers sides “with Seton Motley on Reid wanting to outlaw Nevada prostitution — ol’ Harry just doesn’t want the competition, even if it is merely metaphorical (politics differs greatly in that its practitioners pay for favors with somebody else’s money and full consent of all involved parties isn’t required).”