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A superhero of a senator
by Larry Wilson
Jan 25, 2010 | 633 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
So good old Sen. Harry Reid wants to be re-elected and it looks as if he’ll have to fight to do so. Apparently, the pundits say he’s behind in the polls but all the pollsters forget the one important thing that Good Ol' Reid has in his bag of tricks: He’s the majority leader in the U.S. Senate.

True enough, the health care issue is apparently bogged down, if not dead in the water. But Reid could pull this one out by introducing legislation to allow those without health insurance to join Medicare early by paying a graduated payment based on age, income and family size (kids, dependents, etc.)  Problem fixed. Medicare works. It has its problems, but if you cut out the graft and corruption, it works pretty well and it would allow those uninsured to have medical coverage. Another solution would be to allow everyone to pay into the system the U.S. senators and representatives have. That would probably go over like screen doors on a submarine. But Good Ol’ Reid would pick up some political gravy if, and when, he were able to solve the health care issue.  

Reid could introduce legislation and see to it that it’s passed to implement a modern-day works projects (WPA) type of program to get people back to work. We may not have a lot of shovel ready projects set to be completed but these people could be put to work planning and getting the various projects set to go in the interim.

Since so many people are out of work, Reid could see to it that legislation is passed that would allow young or old to voluntarily conscript themselves for two years to a kind of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as they did in the Great Depression.

The program would not only put these people to work, it would also offer them training in various skills as well as serve to accomplish various projects for the country that need to be done anyway. This program would house, feed and clothe people who are probably lacking these things now. It would allow them to acquire a degree of dignity and fortitude they are in need of after having found they can’t find work anywhere. They are as depressed as the country is at this point. In addition to serving the country in this modern WPA or CCC, they could also sign up for the military. This wouldn’t be a return to the draft but it would be another way for these individuals to be put back to work.  

Reid could exercise some of his power and see to it that the banks must allow people to re-finance their home mortgages from the brink of bankruptcy or whatever problem (adjustable rate mortgages as well) that they have with their home mortgage. Since Nevada is the worst state in the union for foreclosures and it was the banks that got us into this fix as it is,  Good Ol’ Reid should have done something about this a long time ago.

Instead of sitting back and allowing the banks to award the multimillion-dollar bonuses to their fat cats, he could also work on curbing that issue and rein in the big bank fat cats.

No, if Harry Reid wants to be re-elected, he’s going to have to shed his wimp image, go back into his closet and dig out that superhero caped costume, dust it off and come out on the floor of the Senate as the caped wonder from the great state of Nevada and show everyone the kind of gumption he must have had when he was fighting in the ring many moons ago.

If he does that, and with his power he can still pull it off, he’ll win his re-election. Nevada and Good Ol’ Harry Reid will be the better and we’d all be proud to claim him once again as ours – at least for the next six years, anyway.

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at
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