Reid Signals Government Jobs Must Take Priority Over Private-Sector Jobs

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.

“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Reid was responding to recent comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first-responder bill, S. 1723, so that Republicans would oppose it. McConnell said the bill was meant to fail in order to give Democrats an issue to run on in the 2012 election, but Reid said the Republicans are simply trying to defeat President Obama any way they can.




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293 comments on “Reid Signals Government Jobs Must Take Priority Over Private-Sector Jobs
  1. noob says:

    Reid says he's made a good living on the government dole. So I guess what's good for goose…………………..

    Just think, a whole nation producing nothing and living on monopoly money printed by the reserve. That's the
    solution the top democrats believe will work.? Take a ride on the Reading Railroad.

    • Steve says:

      Unfortunely, if you take a ride on the Reading you will end up at Baltic Ave…….

    • Erich says:

      Pass go and collect a million dollars. Wadda contree. No wonder everyone in the world is coming here, they want a peice of the pie too.

    • John Williams says:

      This Administration is the GANG THAT CANT SHOOT STRAIGHT ! Reid needs to go home to Oompah and take a long nap ! A very long nap ! He has done enough damage to this Country during his 30 years in the Senate . He has thumbed his nose at the Constitution. ; he has changed Senate rules at will to pass unpopular Bills ; and has generally been contemptuous of MIDDLE AMERICA and the entire political process ! Why the people of Nevada keep sending this clown back to Congress time after time is beyond understanding . How in the world did he get a law degree ? That would make for an interesting story for a young reporter to pursue ! Law degrees can easily be purchased ; perhaps that explains it .

      • Steve says:

        We should severe the relationship between law degrees and politics. That is why we have Supreme courts, because of all the tromping on our rights that the politicians do to us!

      • applepickers says:

        He is another reason that we need term limits on everybody in washington.

      • Liberty says:

        Not many of us are convinced the Nevada voters sent Reid back to the Senate in the last election; like so many poltical races in recent history, voter fraud may have played a very large role in this anti-American phony and violator of the U.S. Constitution.

    • Kate says:

      If everyone works for the government we will turn into a Cuba and that is not working too well! Just read an article on how the people live and it was really depressing. If Obama gets reelected we are in big trouble!

    • CARON says:

      very good

    • rod says:

      Reid said the Republicans are simply trying to defeat President Obama any way they can.
      We are also trying to defeat all you Demo's in every office. But we are trting to save our country, and not bring it down like all you Demo's…

    • Jim VanLaanen says:

      Reid is a traitor and should be hung from the nearest tree !!!

    • Jo A Compton says:

      I feel the Democrats are getting into our lives way to much. We have no say in anything anymore and like you say government jobs are taking preident and that is wrong. Lets go back to where Washington to care of Foreign Affairs, making sure the mail went thrus (and that is a farce) Why do Government Employees need to be Unionised????????? They make ood money, have all the perks, get every Holiday, Sick Pay whether they are sick or ot (that should change to you need a Doctors excuse and if you don't use it you lose it. This is why the Pos Office is so far in Debt. Why do they need a Union??????????????? I feel Unions have ruined alot of good companies as they are to greedy. Their is to much GREED in Washington and it has tostop.

  2. Joe English says:

    What in the world is wrong with this dumpocrap party? If they think republicans are as stupid as Reid acts, then I can see thge problem. And I can boil that problem down into just a few words and thoughts. Firs thought; I hope reid has never procreated a living human. Second thought I know believe in the genetics thing; Third thought; Ya just cant fix stupid!

    • Jonathan Gartner says:

      Reid is still high on that time period when he could shoved through anything between him and nasty nancy

    • Goodforall says:

      This kind of warped thinking is exactly what put Greece and others in Europe in the position they are now in! Our founders knew less government was the way to go. Been proven time and time again it is the private sector that moves this country in the right direction-always has been. All Reid does is confirm their agenda to bring us all down-shame on those idiots in Nevada re-electing him, even though I still think he somehow stole that election.

      • Dara says:

        Hey! You done hurted my feelers! We're not ALL idiots… Reid was on the big ol' slippery slide – out the door and then… somehow… voting machines 'malfunctioned'. NO MATTER WHICH button was selected – the vote came up REID..Cavalry to the rescue (UNION repairmen.) Go figure!!!

        And still the vote was VERY tight. So Dirty Harry's NV super PAC (Unions – Hotels) leaped into action. Emails circulated to hotel employees (THE major employers, here in the silver state.) These emails threatened employees with the loss of their jobs if the chose NOT to vote for Reid. (and we have proof!) AND, of course the DEM 'get out to vote'… included 1000's of illegal aliens – (that Uncle Harry claims we have no problem with)

        Reid won by less than 2000 votes – Our DEMONRAT AG decided we DID NOT need a recount – he ALSO decided NOT to investigate the voter fraud… *sigh*

        Most of us weren't crazy for Angle… that said, we wanted (and still want) Reid GONE! Not only is he bad for the nation – it's common knowlege that he's SO crooked they'e going to have to screw him into the ground when he dies!!

    • Steve says:

      Here's the fourth thought Joe, I believe he did procreate and that is how the demoncraps got control in the first place. It's called inbreeding! I think that barney frank is kin……And the fact that you are right the you "just can't fix stupid" scares the bajeepers out of me because the stupid in this country are responsible for the idiots that have been elected to office. Just look at Durbin from Illinois……We have the highest unemployment in Illinois than anywhere else and and the Country is in schambles and Tricky Dicky Durbin is worried about the Baseball Players taking a chew? And then we have hairless reid that says that jobs in the government are more important the private sector jobs. Lets see hairless reid…..WE THE PEOPLE HAVE TO COME UP WITH THE MONEY FOR ALL THE GOVERNMENT JOBS! HOW CAN YOU EXPECT US TO DO THAT WHEN WE DON"T HAVE JOBS OURSELVES! DUHHHHHH! Sorry for the yelling (in caps) but the powers at the top are either deaf or stupid!

    • Colleen says:

      I understand he has a son and is also in politics. His son is also just as crooked as his father. The rotten apple does not fall far from the tree.

    • Leslie85223 says:

      Reid has profited greatly from the government. Both the federal and NV state governments have provided him with ample financial opportunities which he has obviously put to good use. He's a well known practicing Mormon, married with children (God forbid) and was once much more congenial towards Republicans than his hard line Democrat/Socialist tone these days.

      What we're seeing is not an administration focused on rebuilding or restoring America but a dedicated group of people with political and financial influence to navigate America to her destruction. The very people who will suffer the most when this group achieve success will no longer be of use and will suffer greatly in the long run.

      They say you can't buy stupidity, but in the case of this admininsration, I have to disagree. They've done well . . .

      We can only hope to overwhelm this organization in 2012 . . .

      • umberli says:

        Please, please, there are Mormons in name only and he is one of them He may attend church but he could not be practicing his religion and come up with the garbage he does. Mormons are against prochoice–he is for it. The idea of welfare in the church is to help people help themselves. The exception being the poor and sick. Reid is for the welfare as defined by our government–just a lot of free handouts to anything and anybody, at tax payers expense. You get the picture. And the list goes on. That is one member few of us are proud to claim.

        Reid is as crooked as they come. He is also a liar and the truth is not in him.

    • CARON says:

      you got that right

    • One Human Being says:

      Senator Reid is an Idiot!!!

    • robert says:

      Just think what a mess that we would be in if the left had let us stop abortion .All of the future liberals there would have been .

  3. Joe English says:

    sorry about my spelling now not know first not firs and the not thghe it's FAT fingers and a gr8 mind !

    • Margaret says:

      If you take a moment to proof read and correct errors, your argument becomes creditable. Right now, you are slaughtering "English" in more ways than one. I just couldn't help the pun.

    • Lib says:

      Joe, you could misspell every word and you would make more sense than Harry Reid. It is absolutely pathetic the kinds of things they expect Americans to believe. I am still appalled at the number of people who are still clinging to faith in Obummer and his crony crooks. I don't have words to express the contempt I feel.

      • Sergio Sr. says:

        Joe, sometimes our words come out faster than our typing, think nothing of it. The message is well recieved.

    • Phil Collins says:

      Interesting how Reid comes up with this garbage. About 30 minutes after this nonsence, a report came out that showed the private sector lost over 1.5 million jobs, while the government lost 600,000. (I would believe that 1.5 million is too low);
      I pray for the day when Obama, Reid and Palose receive their pink slips.

  4. teaman says:

    This is just another media Dummycratic scare tactic to steal more and more money from tax payers and give it to the over paid and over compensated UNIONS!!!

    • Rosanne Howard says:

      Knock! Knock! Hey Harry, is there any one home?

    • Steve says:

      Back in 96' I had three big UNION duffesses come to my house and try to explain to me why I should vote like the demons and vote for clinton…..NO actually they tried to tell me that I HAD to vote demoncrap!!! Well me being me had a different idear!!!!! They met up with "betsy" and I never saw anyone run so fast! I left the UNION after being affiliated with those loosers for over 30 years! Guess what! I work harder, making the same money or more because of profit sharing, bonuses and what nots and my conscience is clean! AND BEST OF ALL……I DON'T HAVE TO COVER FOR ANYONE ELSES INCOMPENTENCIES!

    • Doc Holliday says:

      It's really not a scare tactic, Ol' Pruneface really feels this way. That's why we're in such trouble today. Living off of public dole is the only thing he knows. It's called "Gov't Welfare Employment" payrole. This is what the democrat party considers a way of life. But when the taxpayers run out of money for the public dole employees, they just want to tax you more.

    • MANGO says:

      this Reid( i call him the egiptian mummy) is so stupid than he do know his # from the shoe.

  5. schnitzelschitzen says:

    Sounds like reid read that from the communist manifesto and since We The People have a good read on reid, we should help him find another line of work more fitting to his stature like picking fly poop out of pepper at a pepper factory.

    • Margaret says:

      Someone please explain to me how he won re-election? There must be a lot of stupid people out there.

      • Liberty says:

        Reid probably DID NOT legally win re-election………………………………………………….his poll numbers were far too low just prior to voting day; just more voter fraud from the demoncrats

      • budman says:

        He had the union rig the voting machines and like he said he would do, he used the illegal immigrant votes.

        The union fixed the machines where any vote came out for him regardless. He was down six points in the polls just before the election. It wasn't the the people and the election was stolen, pure and simple. The lawsuit about this will not go anywhere until Eric Holder is removed from office and if the Republicans takes the Presidency and Senate, old Harry better starting looking to retire.

    • Steve says:

      Actually he should be "giving a HAND at some fertility center" to aid those that have a problem procreating! That way any guy that has to "produce" for testing don't have to do it self service…..Just dress ole harry up in drag and away you go! Just make sure the lights are real dim……LOL

    • Thomas B says:

      Reid is made of fly poop.

    • CARON says:

      how in the Hell did this IDIOT get elected.whats her name would have been better than him

    • Brama says:

      Isn't it interesting that this country, from its earlierst beginnings, was initially arrayed with small businesses and practically no government. The guy is a moron. And the more we push to a bigger government involvement in all we do, the more we move away from our intial founding structure, and the more we continue to move towards a socialist nation.

    • 2late smart says:

      That explains where part of the money went when the Liar-In-Chief was telling us they had "saved" jobs.
      The money went to the states to prop up the , over compensated, padded ,state union payrolls. The greed-heads and power brokers are stealing money from the workers in the form of dues. The DumbAsCrap legilators love to get their campaign funds here. Legilation follows that enable these theives. Unions have out lived their usefulness! They complain of jobs going out of the country. Yes, because you have over priced labor. State workers in California, with their time in, can retire with pensions that are 80 & 90% of their pay. Do you get it? Nearly double the cost to replace
      a retired worker. Do you wonder why CA. is bankrupt? GOVOTE for REALITY>

  6. Jean says:

    Harry Reid is a senile old man. He is one of the many that has held his position way too long. I thought no matter what party you belonged to that you did right by the people. All people not just dems but repubs but no it's for the politiicans so they can be elected year after year and get the good pension when most of them are fairly rich to began with.

    • Karl says:

      Not exactly Jean. Most of them go to D.C. with modest finances and come home a few years later multi-millionairs. I guess I didn't know we paid Congress so well.

    • Rosanne Howard says:

      I thinktheir pension should be stopped. Would save the government a lot of money and cut out the cadillac insurance and all the other perks they get. They only work part-time anyway. Nbody else gets all those perks for a part-tiome job.

    • Steve says:

      Jean, you are totally right! The first thing that should be done in American politics is to impose term limitations! I figure 12 years total in politics! That way more can get done because these people will now have a sense of urgency due to the fact that they have to count on their actual achievements in politics in order to get a job in the private sector! And they WILL have to get a job in the private sector because their "free" pensions stop accumulating at the end of their 12 years! And so does the "free FIRST CLASS health benefits" unlike the CRAP that the demoncraps have in store for the rest of us! Do you really think that obummercare would have passed if the elected officials had to have the same stuff? And the last thing I will say RIGHT NOW is that there should not be ANY LAW DEGREES in Washington! I don't remember any of the FOUNDING FATHERS as being lawyers back in the day and that is what made the Constitution so great! Common "SMART" people put it together and it has taken how long for these highly educated politicians to destroy what it took common lay people to put together? Just a thought!

    • del says:

      we need to take away those huge salaries….1/4th more like it, quit paying pensions for these greedy part timers, term limits for sure, abiltiy to fire if We the People dont like what they do, they buy their own health crap, and no more perks. We drain the swamp of the likes of pelosi reid and impeach all of them that let the kenyan muslim into our white house!

    • CARON says:

      TERM LIMITS

    • Bill says:

      Jean,
      I agree with you. However, the STUPID PEOPLE in his district just re elected him. This is a problem of the idiots that vote.

  7. adrianvance says:

    Why not, they make twice as much as anyone in the same job in the private sector!

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  8. Ron says:

    More intellectual wisdom from reidtard

  9. Pat G says:

    Harry is such an ignorant oof. That's all the dems have helped creat in the last 5 years. Between him and the other idiot, the VP Biden it makes you wonder if either of their parents had any children born alive or were they all brain dead.

    • jeanne says:

      when he was born his mother threw away the child and raised the after birth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Edd says:

      harry reid comes from a whole line of BANKROBBERS and THIEVES

    • Ron says:

      Every time I see Harry Reid speak, I want to throw up!!! I keep thinking that if Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, is the main choices of the Democratic party to lead, God help them all… Not only are they an embarrassment to the party, but to this nation. I would guess anyone from another nation laughs at the United States, at the choices of these two numb sculls…

    • CRITICON says:

      THE ONLY LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR THE EXISTANCE OF THIS KIND OF "RETARDOS" IS THAT TH,EY ARE "USEFUL IDIOTS". THEIR MASTERS USE THEM, AND HIDE BEHIND THEM TO DO TO THE REST OF US WHATEVER THEY WANT. IF WERE NOT FOR THE FACT OF "USEFUL IDIOCY" EUTHANASIA WOULD BE VERY ACTIVE TODAY, AND EVEN MORE SO IN GOVERMENT CIRCLES.

  10. Kenny says:

    Harry Reid is a brainless old FART who should go on home to his rocking chair. It's PAST time for him to leave the Senate.

    • rafael says:

      HI Kenny, I say: REID RETARDED IMBECILE YOUR FACE LOOKS LIKE YOUR ASS, YOU WILL BURN IN HELL NEXT TO PUKE PELOSI AND THE REST OF THE SOCIALIST DEMOCRAPS.

    • Margaret says:

      I'm still trying to figure out how he got re-elected. The big danger is that there are a lot of stupid people out there that believe the Democrats pack of lies.

    • CARON says:

      you are right on the stupid people in this state just keep putting him in. The service workers union make sure of that. That is the only jobs in this state service workers. and the all live in Reno and Las vegas so there you go . They will keep him in until he dies.Not enough of the rest of us to get RID of him.

      • Mfinity says:

        LV, NV is the worst cesspool in the nation — a city without morals. That one city makes up the majority of Reid's fan base, how else could such a piece of human waste EVER get re-elected???

  11. Tom says:

    I've said it before and will say it again while Reid is in the headlines.. I can almost understand how someone as dumb as Reid can get elected.. S##T happens. But even if you have a low opinion of the Democratic party how in the world can an American institution as responsible as the United States Senate appoint Reid as its LEADER? For Gods sake how do you spell TERM LIMITS?

    • Rosanne Howard says:

      Because they care nothing about the people – only their own self-aggrandizement.

    • Margaret says:

      We The People have demanded TERM LIMITS in the past. They put on a big dog and pony show to make everyone think that it is a go and they quietly vote it down or make some big production about how they can't right now and it is the other guys fault. Then, we are sitting here asking ourselves why don't we have TERM LIMITS. We need them ALL OUT!

    • Steve says:

      Tom,
      Read my reply to Jean in older posts.

    • sargentrage says:

      Just show's how stupid people are in Nevada

    • Dara says:

      Sadly, thereby hangs the tale. A term limit bill has to come from Congress… Do you think for one minute those old fossils will vote to revert their OWN jobs to the way the Founders intended… as in… TEMP jobs?

      I asked on another thread – on another website… is there a way to put Congressional Term Limits on State ballots? If 2/3 of the states passed it – THEN send it to Congress? I know that's bass-akwards, but could it work? Just askin'?

    • johnny h says:

      Tom, who are the ones who would be affected by term limits?
      And who are the ones that get to vote on the measure? (If it ever saw the light of Congressional day that is!!!)
      POLITICIANS thats who, which is why all the comments on all the web sites are censored if the writers rail against the "moderators" accepted view of the political world. views that politicians would rather not hear, even though the measures they adopt so as not to hear the truth from voters clashes with a citizens right to free speech!!

    • Leslie85223 says:

      Reid is NOT dumb. Dishones, perhaps, but he's devious. He managed to create the once politcally unimportant state of NV into an "empire". The influx of Californians escaping CA state politics and unmerciful taxation started the ball rolling, but it was Reid supporting the creation of Yucca Mountain that turned the state into a gold mine. The money and population that resulted from that federally funded project (in the billions of dolllars along with thousands of jobs) put NV and Reid on the map. Once the new residents were settled in and the facility almost completed, Reid then asked that NV be withdrawn as the state where all the atomic waste would be sent . . . As it stands now, the Yucca Mountain facility is on "hold" with no other site on the horizon – AFTER the government funds had been exhausted. Casinos employed the "masses" and when the economy took a turn for the worse, business fell off and now NV has one of the nations highest number of unemploymed and repossesed homes.

    • CARON says:

      That is a jgood question how in the hell did they appoint him as their leader. He is a piece of S##T

    • Liberty says:

      Reid was appointed head of the Senate, because, "Birds of a feather, flock together". Time to vote the commies out.

    • bob says:

      term limits on all government depts. better yet get rid of DC and about half of those depts. some of them are duplicates of state depts.

  12. Izzys Gma says:

    Democrats are totally oblivious to what supports the economy but totally cognizant of what groups support them. The good of the country is never considered.

    • Margaret says:

      The good of the country is not considered by 90% of the people in this country.
      Follow the train wreck of thought…"More government jobs are needed", "Private sector is doing fine", unemployment is up, business can't hire more people but we are told to pay more taxes. The only one able to hire regardless of how much money they take in is the government. After the big "stimulus" they hire more people and in order to pay for this "economic recovery" they tax us. 50% of us will be working in private sector jobs paying 50% of our pay in taxes in order to pay for the other 50% being in government jobs. The only part of this country that produces anything or is able to produce anything is the private sector. Government jobs can create nothing. No where in history has a government job created anything other than a tax for the private sector to pay.

      • dowgyco says:

        As the gov gets bigger that gives them more dummies when the UN World Order is in place!!

      • johnny h says:

        Totally agree Margaret.
        If this situation we are in as not so severe it would be laughable.
        It is clear than NONE of those on the Hill have ever studied at anything remotely useful, such as a business degree, or engineering/technological science etc!!
        Some of the founding fathers wer useful, the one I am thinking of came from Illinois and at least could clear his own wood. Present incumbents…and this is nationwide…have the opinion they are above the citizen..evn though our country was set up not to have noblemen…. these people have got themselvesviewed that way nevertheless!!
        Time for a change in 2012 and it will NOT be pretty!!

  13. Kay says:

    Government jobs cost much more than they produce in taxc revenue. This stupidity will be our downfall. I beleive a 5th grader could figure that this type of thinking is in the interest of our enemies.

  14. Terry says:

    Ol' Harry has always believed that all men are created equal, it's just that some (public employees & unions) are more equal than others.

  15. Ken says:

    t,s obvious that he is mentally challenged and that refects on the mentallity of his votors who can,t be very bright!