While Senator Harry Reid (R-NV) attempts to get the Senate version of the 2010 Unemployment Extension bill passed, Sharron Angle is looking to take Reid’s senate seat as his Republican adversary in November’s election.According to the Las Vegas Sun, Sharron Angle is a darling of the Tea Party movement and a former teacher, believes that the IRS and Department of Education should be abolished, the U. S. should withdraw from the United Nations, and Social Security and Medicare should be privatized. Sharron Angle also believes that the unemployed are “spoiled” and need to take “honest” jobs, even if it means making less than what they make off unemployment.
If the unemployed of Nevada need a target upon which to direct their anger, Sharron Angle should be their focus…
In a state where the unemployment rate is the highest in the nation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid certainly did himself no favors Thursday and Friday when he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) couldn’t come to an agreement on getting the 2010 unemployment extension bill passed. It also will not help him in the polls. But his opponent just might.
Sharron Angle told KNTV in Reno that: “You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job, but it doesn’t pay as much.” She went on to add that there was so much “entitlement” in our system that ” … we really have spoiled our citizenry and said you don’t want the jobs that are available.”
Apparently, Sharron Angle needs to speak to a few of the “entitled” living on “more money on unemployment” than they can get working “an honest job” (implying?) that “doesn’t pay as much.” Sadly, most of those on unemployment cannot get a job, honest or otherwise, in this gruelingly sluggish economy.
Angle has also said on numerous occasions that U. S. senators are not responsible for creating jobs.
According to the latest Rasmussen Poll, Sharron Angle has an 11% lead over incumbent Harry Reid.
While that “spoiled citizenry” receives checks at 36% of their former pay scale, placing them in jeopardy of home foreclosures, vehicle repossessions, loan defaults, dropped medical coverage, utility cut-offs, etc., she expects the good citizens of Nevada to bestow upon her the title of Senator, which comes with a $174,000 per year salary, far more than the reduced government stipend that 14% of her constituents collect on their unemployment “entitlement” instead of getting an “honest job.”
Should she get elected, don’t look at Sharron Angle to help out on joblessness. It isn’t her job to create jobs. The unemployed and the benefits-less will be on their own. She will have more important things to do, like voting against another extension for unemployment benefits as this recession carries on through 2011.
People were angry at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for not getting the 2010 Unemployment Bill passed, and that anger had considerable merit, but he wasn’t against it. Come January, if elected, Sharron Angle’s ideology would prevent her from voting on extensions for unemployment benefits. And since her job in Washington would not be to create jobs, her vote would be “no” on many pieces of legislation. (In fact, as a member of the Nevada state legislature, she voted no so many times on otherwise unanimous decisions, the phrase “41-to-Angle” became common.) Her taking the place of Harry Reid could make for some extremely angry constituents.
Perhaps Nevadans should just let her find something else to do in Nevada, like self-help seminars…
(Sharron Angle video ad on page 3)
Disclosure: I was fully prepared to write an article condemning both Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell for their poor leadership in the 2010 Unemployment Extension Bill fiasco. Truthfully, I was going to advocate that they both be recalled to their respective states (especially McConnell), summarily fired, forced to resign, something. But in doing a little research on Senator Harry Reid’s upcoming election, I came across quite a bit of information on the former Independent American Party-turned-Republican candidate that will contest his seat in the upcoming November election. I’ve written about the growing anger in America at the distancing of the politicians from their constituents. I’ve written about directed anger from the unemployment extension fallout at politicians via withholding a vote or voting for their competitor, especially if that incumbent politician seemed to care more about the political system or some abstract idea or ideology over the welfare of their fellow Americans. My particular problem with Senator Harry Reid is that he seems ineffectual at his position. But at least he knows that most of what a senator does is help create laws and keep allocations and appropriations flowing to keep the nation running (thereby perpetuating and/or creating jobs), and he has been an advocate for unemployment legislation. So, unemployed of Nevada, come November, you’ll have your first real target. But it won’t be an incumbent. Vote to keep Sharron Angle out of Washington.
To better get to know the Republican candidate, check out this anti-Angle ad from Friends of Harry Reid.