Video: Harry Reid lives on a “fixed income”?

posted at 10:55 am on October 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s a heartwarming story — a local son trudges off to Washington with a patched-up suitcase and a few bucks in his pocket, and comes home a multi-millionaire.  It’s a story with a long tradition, from LBJ to Charlie Rangel, and of course Harry Reid.  During his debate with Sharron Angle, though, Reid insisted that he lived on a “fixed income” and knew how hard it was to make ends meet.  Really?  Angle’s new ad explores the diminished lifestyle of Harry Reid, Public Servant:

First, the “fixed income” of Harry Reid is $193,400 per year.  His annual pension, once Reid retires, will be over $60,000.  Somehow, I doubt Reid will be clipping coupons this week to make ends meet.

That’s not all of Reid’s resources, of course.  While I was at Captain’s Quarters, the Los Angeles Times delivered a hard-hitting series on Reid’s financial dealings and links to legislation Reid either sponsored or helped push that boosted his own fortunes (see here and here for starters).  It got so bad that major newspapers called for Reid to resign his leadership position.

This seems like a productive line of inquiry for Angle, one that she may have wanted to hit before early voting started in Nevada.


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I refuse to have sympathy for anyone living at the Ritz-Carlton…

BTW: is that at tax-payer expense?

Khun Joe on October 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Fixed Income = Guaranteed income of $1 million per year from lobbyists

fogw on October 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Hold on now, tipping the concierge, doorman, and limo driver on a regular basis can really add up; Reid may have something here.

Bishop on October 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Somehow, this is one of those Horatio Alger stories that does not exactly invoke that warm fuzzy feeling.

pilamaye on October 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I refuse to have sympathy for anyone living at the Ritz-Carlton…

BTW: is that at tax-payer expense?

Khun Joe on October 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Every breath the man takes is at taxpayer expense!

FalseProfit on October 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Fixed income….

bwwahahaha….

It sure is fixed. He and his cronies “fix” it every year. Funny thing is, is that the “fix” is always a little bigger than last year’s “fix”…

Tools.

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Maybe his “fixed income” is his personal budget? You know a budget, one of those things that Congress can’t seem to come up with for the country.

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I like the timing as early voters are rarely swayed from their decisions.
As to Pinky’s fixed income he and his fellow convicts get to fix what they get payed.

darwin-t on October 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Great ad. Should be running nonstop.

rockmom on October 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Hold on now, tipping the concierge, doorman, and limo driver on a regular basis can really add up; Reid may have something here.

Bishop on October 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

As if libs tip, they just raise the minimum wage.

darwin-t on October 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Poor Harry…

I never knew that he was struggling so hard.

Maybe I’ll send him a donation so he isn’t out on the street after 11/2/10

But on second thought, I kinda like the thought of him sitting on the sidewalk on the Vegas strip with a cup begging for Hope and Change.

txdoc on October 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

If that’s what living on the gov’t dole looks like, well then sign me up!

ornery_independent on October 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Harry Reid is no Mr. Smith.

vcferlita on October 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Wonder how much money Reid would “make” if his son was elected Governor?

Steve Z on October 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

His income if “fixed” in the same way that some sporting events are fixed.

hawksruleva on October 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Trying…..really….hard…..to…..feel……sorry……for…….him……

Nah, I got nothin’.

CurtZHP on October 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

It’s a good ad, but I don’t like the class warfare angle. Yeah, he apparently got wealthy on the gov’t payroll, but it seems like focusing on his votes and what he hasn’t done in DC would be better.

changer1701 on October 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Harry Reid’s idea of a “fixed income” is not the same as granny’s on private sector pension.

It’s more Chicago vote tally versus Church raffle.

Branch Rickey on October 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

So what? Can’t rich people govern?

Defeat Harry Reid BECAUSE HE’S A SOCIALIST and SOCIALISM IS RUINING THE COUNTRY.

Why can’t we stick to the argument? This ad is short-sighted and wins NOBODY to the CAUSE of CONSERVATISM. It’s an emotional appeal that has limited and short-lived effects.

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Ahh, I miss Captain’s Quarters.

This is a great ad. I sure wish Carly Fiorina could hammer Boxer the way Angle is Reid. Has anyone questioned how Jerry Brown has fared all these years as a “public servant”? It’s time to get ugly on these career politicians.

Rovin on October 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Good ad.

Oh, and I had a relative (small farmer) folks living on a “fixed income.” I appreciated his response: “I wish somebody would fix mine.”

Go get’em Angle.

cs89 on October 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

BTW: is that at tax-payer expense?

Khun Joe on October 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Everything Reid has done is at our expense… i.e., passing Obamacare…

WordsMatter on October 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Fat cat union bosses and fat cat Congressmen

These jackals are killing our economy and our country.

Harry’s supporters are getting desperate and this is what we need to keep coming up over and over until election day.

I wish this had all been brought out sooner, but it didn’t start until the debate question by Sharron Angle.

That question coming during the debate seems to have been prompted by a caller to a local LV radio talk show. On the morning of the debate, the hosts were asking people to call in with the questions they would most like to be asked of the two candidates.

After the debate, the hosts were sure that Sharron had been listening and thus asked that question.

Less than two weeks to go. I hope we will be partying here in celebration and not trying to drown our sorrows. I still don’t know which way this is going to go.

Jvette on October 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Hey Wingnuts! A million dollars is not that much anymore. It’s the same as poverty in some States. Not sure what country yet though but I’m looking it up on Wiki leaks now and post it here when I find it.

Egfrow on October 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Something I have not heard/seen anywhere -

Reid took Angle asking how he got rich as a dirty tactic, a low blow, an insult.

However, in my experience, any self made wealthy person I’ve ever heard, (whether Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Buffett, Welch, Dell, ect) not only will gladly tell how they got rich, but will encourage others to follow their example.

Reid had a very opposite reaction.
Hummmm?

gonnjos on October 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Unexpectedly.

Egfrow on October 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Magic fortune from magic beans — Burn the Warlock.

maverick muse on October 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Kickback emphasis on “FIXED” income since going to Washington. dolt

maverick muse on October 21, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Hold on now, tipping the concierge, doorman, and limo driver on a regular basis can really add up; Reid may have something here.

Bishop on October 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

ROFL!!!

I’d love to ask these people if Reid’s a good tipper. Most Dems are only generous with other peoples money. I hardly think an autographed picture of himself to each , a day, is worthy of being a tip. But since they’re all probably liberals, they think it’s just grand! LOL

capejasmine on October 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

If by fixed income you mean they vote themselves a 10% pay raise every year while handing out $250 bribes to senior citizens who don’t get an increase in their Cost of Living for Social Security, then yeah I guess you could say it is a fixed income.

Just A Grunt on October 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM
changer1701 on October 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Real adults use all the tools in the toolshed when it comes time for victory.

Man Up.

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Government = corporations and Wall Street bankers.

Until a wall built between he two, nothing will change. Tea Party types will end up being corrupted by default.

rickyricardo on October 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM

The “limousine liberal” graphic at the end is superb.

RushBaby on October 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I guess you could say it is a fixed income.

Just A Grunt on October 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Yep, Dingy and thugs fix it every year.

Wade on October 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I’d like to see Issa or anyone else in that cesspool investigate corruption across the board.

justltl on October 21, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Man Up, Whore.

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Fixed.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM

This scene is going to be repeated in liberal houses all over the country on election night… The Realization starts about 2:15.

CynicalOptimist on October 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Man Up, Whore.

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 11:24 AM
Fixed.

lorien1973 on October 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Have a problem with getting your hands dirty? Most Real Adults don’t.

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Yeah fixed income. It was repaired by SEIU, Teachers Unions, AFL/CIO, Wall Street, Al Gore and his Cap & Trade and a host of others!

Herb on October 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Ok, seriously – the part regarding Reid passing legislation that boosts his own fortunes – is that not illegal?

LAT asked him to resign his leadership position; how about asking the authorities to arrest the bastard?

Midas on October 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It’s an emotional appeal that has limited and short-lived effects.
mankai on October 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Hmmm, maybe you want to check the calendar on the wall.

Just A Grunt on October 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

They probably should’ve left out the champagne bottle, since Reid is a Mormon, unless they know something else that Reid does that he’s not supposed to.

RBMN on October 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Did Congress get a raise this year?

Did Social Security recipients?

Did Congress get a raise last year?

Did Social Secutity recipients?

Vote the bums out?

dhunter on October 21, 2010 at 11:46 AM

txdoc: thanks for this morning’s chuckle… yes, sir, that’s a great mental image…

chai on October 21, 2010 at 11:47 AM

I wouldn’t mind my income being “fixed” at that level. I wonder if Harry will have an infomercial out to tell us how to do it?

tims472 on October 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

I think it should be a “fixed” income.

Tennman on October 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

It’s an emotional appeal that has limited and short-lived effects.
mankai on October 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Hmmm, maybe you want to check the calendar on the wall.

Just A Grunt on October 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Yeah, I see 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2030, etc.

What happens in two years when wealthy Republicans are up for re-election or a wealthy Republican runs against Obama? Is he/she fair game? Do we want to fight on that turf?

Emotional appeals in politics are what has ruined this country.

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 11:24 AM

You’ll be singing a different tune when the Left pulls the politics of envy and class warfare in 2012.

It’s a horrible strategy and one that doesn’t play to the GOP’s favor in making an argument for admiring and encouraging success.

You can mention his silly statements, but they need to be contrasted with his SOCIALISM. Emotional appeals elected BHO and the left will always be better on that field. Such appeals do not work on people dedicated to limited government.

We should be inoculating people from emotional appeals, not encouraging them.

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Earning money- good.
Dirty money- bad.
Harry Reid- dirty money.

justltl on October 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Let’s be honest: To much of the public, the word “socialism” is just a name wingnuts use to tar The Other. The public is more than capable, thank you, of locating conservative positions and arguments on the issues of the day.

What sets you apart is personalities, which by their very nature can’t operation WITHOUT EMOTIONAL APPEAL. Thus appeals against Harry Reid’s profiting from “public service.” And guess what? I fully expect the Left to use every tool in THEIR toolshed in 2012. I stay on offense; I don’t wait for the Left’s next attack like some of you.

And By The Way, “limited government” has plenty of emotional appeal. Sure you want to explore where that emotional appeal goes?

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Whoever came up with the “regal living” theme for the elitist left, this year, is brilliant.

See the Google emperor skipping taxes. Taxes are just for stupid fools, not for the elitist Utopian left.

Perfect timing on the theme.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Government dependence-bad.
Self sufficiency and helping the truly needy-good.
Limited government and a thriving, energetic, charitable population-good.

justltl on October 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Wow! Stunning breakthough in the worlds of science and biology!

The Dems have figured out how to regenerate their own feet.

They just keep shooting them off, but they can regrow!

reaganaut on October 21, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Population of moochers and the keepers that toss them their daily ration of fish- bad.
See France.

justltl on October 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Angle missed out on a great line in the debate over this. She could have said ‘Senator, you are not on a fixed income if you are the one to schedule a vote every year on how big a raise to give yourself’.

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

NO NO NO NO NO….

You guys don’t get it….

This is a well known Vegas term for a gambling set up…

His income is “fixed”.

Saltysam on October 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

This scene is going to be repeated in liberal houses all over the country on election night… The Realization starts about 2:15.

CynicalOptimist on October 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM

OH MY GOOODDDDD that was funny, so much so I had tears from laughing so hard just imagining the splodey heads and projectile vomit by about 10:30PM election nite.

Thanks CO, that was theraputic.

44Magnum on October 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

His income may be fixed but lets just say he gets “comped”at the Vegas casinos he puts the heat on.

docflash on October 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

He’s going to have a fuxed income after November 2nd.

The Gambinos are going to cash in his chips.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Fixed income huh? So does the Queen!

Don L on October 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

NO NO NO NO NO….

You guys don’t get it….

This is a well known Vegas term for a gambling set up…

His income is “fixed”.

Saltysam on October 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Ah, you mean Dingy’s ‘vig’ is fixed?

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Harry Reid’s latest attack ad on Angle (revised): http://bit.ly/9Pkeki

The Zoo Keeper on October 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Good ad,reminds me of HilRods Cattle Futures Snafu!!
——————————————————-

Hillary Clinton Futures Trades Detailed
Friday, May 27, 1994

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/whitewater/stories/wwtr940527.htm

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

And By The Way, “limited government” has plenty of emotional appeal. Sure you want to explore where that emotional appeal goes?

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM

That’s the point. We should be about explaining the historical and economic reasons to support limited government, free enterprise, free trade, etc.

Once it become who we like better on an emotional level, the battle is lost. We’ve won no one to cause. People dedicated to a cause are less likely to be swayed by emotional games.

I hate that we are applauding a class-envy strategy.

O’Donnell fell into this trap by trying to fight on the emotional level instead of going for Coons’ economic throat… and now she regrets it.

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Shall we ask, say, African-Americans about their interpretation of “the historical and economic reasons to support limited government….?” Betcha they have a significantly different interpretation of those “historical and economic reasons.”

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM

He may be on a fixed income but you know he gets “comped”at the Vegas casinos he puts the heat on.

docflash on October 21, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Its a fixed income until he forgets to pass legislation to cancel the annual pay raise.

“We just didn’t have time to address a bill that would stop our automatic pay raises this year.”

The Ethics Reform Act of 1989 (PL 101-194) altered the system once again. Lawmakers authorized an automatic annual cost-of-living raise for themselves that goes into effect unless Congress acts to stop it. Congressional pay has risen almost every year as a result.

BobMbx on October 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Harry Reid…the poster child for Pelosi’s failure to drain the swamp. THAT would make a good campaign ad.

scalleywag on October 21, 2010 at 1:56 PM

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM

What’s your point? Assume that blacks cannot be appealed to on an intellectual level so we have to resort to emotional appeals?

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Poor Harry…

I never knew that he was struggling so hard.

Maybe I’ll send him a donation so he isn’t out on the street after 11/2/10

But on second thought, I kinda like the thought of him sitting on the sidewalk on the Vegas strip with a cup begging for Hope and Change.

txdoc on October 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Well, he can file for unemployment just like oil rig workers.

BobMbx on October 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

mankai,

You are right, we don’t have a problem with rich people.

What needs to be exposed is the “fix” that is socialism or any government, top down control. The “fix” is that the majority suffer under those tyrannies and those at the top benefit. And the majority will be told is for our own good.

Jvette on October 21, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I don’t care what Harry Reid makes for the rest of his life, just so we don’t have to smell him when we go visit the capital in DC. :)

scalleywag on October 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Good ad… I hope it chaps the a$$ of all struggling or unemployed Nevadans.! My question is why hasn’t he been investigated like Steven’s, Cunningham and Jefferson were? Is it too late ?

CCRWM on October 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

mankai… we can use any and every tactic at our disposal.. and we are…

CCRWM on October 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Well, he can file for unemployment just like oil rig workers.

BobMbx on October 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

And, -surprise, unemployment insurance now runs for about two years, long enough to get democratics to the next election!

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Harry Reid’s idea of a “fixed income” is not the same as granny’s on private sector pension.

It’s more Chicago vote tally versus Church raffle.

Branch Rickey on October 21, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Tell me about it!

Granny

GrannyDee on October 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM

mankai on October 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

I guess since I gotta spell it out for ya!

The dirty truth is that going on the stump for “Constitutional limited government” is, in its own way, an emotional appeal. An there’s an even dirtier truth: A lot of minorities see through that sort of “code”.

And you know what the “code” is.

BradSchwartze on October 21, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I read somewhere that in 2008 his estimated net income was between 3.1M-6.7M not bad on a senators salary,(insider trading maybe from that evil wall street) Pelosi’s net worth that same year was 12.8M.

It’s really hard living on a fixed income isn’t it Harry:):(

concernedsenior on October 21, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Sorry I meant his net WORTH, make a difference??? NAH!!!!

concernedsenior on October 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM