Harry Reid to Nevada legislators: Hey, let’s make prostitution illegal

posted at 10:01 pm on February 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

Why this is a priority for him at a moment when he’s supposed to be arm-wrestling with Boehner over how to keep the government up and running, I haven’t the slightest idea. But then, that’s Reid for you: If he’s willing to spend nine months on ObamaCare when voters are desperate for action on the economy, why wouldn’t he carve out some time for this?

Alternate headline: “Beta males lose last reason to visit Nevada.”

“Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment – not as the last place where prostitution is still legal,” Reid said at the state capitol in Carson City, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. “When the nation thinks about Nevada, it should think about the world’s newest ideas and newest careers – not about its oldest profession.”

“We should do everything we can to make sure the world holds Nevada in the same high regard you and I do,” he added. “If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work, the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution.”

Former Nevada lieutenant governor and assemblyman, Reid told the story of how he recently met with a group of businessmen who were interested in opening up a data storage facility in Storey County, which already is home to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. But one businessman was incredulous that one of the biggest businesses in the county was a brothel.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, 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?

There’s obviously an agenda at work in him taking up this issue now. Any Nevadans who follow local politics willing/able to clue us in? Does he owe some interest group a favor for helping him beat Angle? Click the image to watch.


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There are many kinds of prostitutes, Harry.

Just sayin’.

pugwriter on February 23, 2011 at 6:41 AM

I agree…those greedy places, where the women just treat you like a hunk of meat, overcharging, enticing you to run up the bar bills, hanging all over you whispering sexual innuendos, touching you, rubbing up against you, then taking your money, walking you down to the room, leading you into a special room, music mood lighting, everything to make you spend more money, sensually taking her clothes off, then yours, then placing you in a situation where you can’t “perform” humiliating you, then as you leave you hear the giggling, and snide remarks that reminds you of the reason why you visit these places…a place where you feel at least once in your life you could be attractive, where you could have a relationship, and in moments it is destroyed, just like all the other relationships you have had, just like when you mother used to laugh at how “small” you were and told all her bridge friends, how the girls nicknamed you “pee-wee nothing”, but you showed them being a senator and all powerful, but after spending several hundred dollars it is just a repeat of what you have felt you whole life…so yeah, time to shut them down.

right2bright on February 23, 2011 at 7:10 AM

So Harry wants to throw more people out of work in his state. And you Nevadans thought Sharron Angle was extreme. Looks like you got quite the joke there. And all you casinos that committed fraud for him, looks like your profits will sink like a stone if Reid gets his way. Good. You deserve it for your stinking support of that jackass.

eaglewingz08 on February 23, 2011 at 7:18 AM

“If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work, the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution.”

Start with the prostitution in D.C. on The Hill.

Beto Ochoa on February 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM

I find this coming from the man who has been screwing over the country since he arrived in Washington something of a joke. But then again, Harry Reid is a joke, and a rather bad one at that.

pilamaye on February 23, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Beto Ochoa on February 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM

aka the red light district

cmsinaz on February 23, 2011 at 7:50 AM

“Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment – not as the last place where prostitution is still legal,”

Can’t it be both?

:-D

Good Lt on February 23, 2011 at 8:01 AM

“.. one of the biggest businesses in the county..”

WTH? the casinos went bust ?
/.

CaveatEmpty on February 23, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Hahahahaha. He truly is an idiot. Hey Harry, want to tell us what your record is as far as bringing in innovative new jobs and investments into Nevada over the past 20 years or so? Crickets.

scalleywag on February 23, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Perhaps Harry finally discovered where politicians are really conceived.

Yoop on February 23, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Well I certainly have great admiration for a Harry, wanting to outlaw his own job.

oldleprechaun on February 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Are there NO social cons left in this website other than me that actually think this is a good idea?

ChristianRock on February 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM

So Harry’s resigning?

andycanuck on February 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Ya think the people of Nevada who reelected this dumb tool wish they had their votes back?

kens on February 23, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Translation: “These are non-union whores. Screw ‘em.”

novaculus on February 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM

ChristianRock on February 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM

You’re not the only one, but we are a dwindling breed, it would seem. You can imagine how Lot felt, can’t you? I hate it, but it was bound to happen. Jesus asked if there would be faith on Earth when He returns, and there seem to be an awful lot of empty lamps.

pannw on February 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

What happened to a woman’s right to choose? Is Harry prepariing his campaign already?

Bonhomme on February 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I agree…those greedy places, where the women just treat you like a hunk of meat, overcharging, enticing you to run up the bar bills, hanging all over you whispering sexual innuendos, touching you, rubbing up against you, then taking your money, walking you down to the room, leading you into a special room, music mood lighting, everything to make you spend more money, sensually taking her clothes off, then yours, then placing you in a situation where you can’t “perform” humiliating you, then as you leave you hear the giggling, and snide remarks that reminds you of the reason why you visit these places…a place where you feel at least once in your life you could be attractive, where you could have a relationship, and in moments it is destroyed, just like all the other relationships you have had, just like when you mother used to laugh at how “small” you were and told all her bridge friends, how the girls nicknamed you “pee-wee nothing”, but you showed them being a senator and all powerful, but after spending several hundred dollars it is just a repeat of what you have felt you whole life…so yeah, time to shut them down.

right2bright on February 23, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Heh heh, well done R2B :P

ornery_independent on February 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

You’re not the only one, but we are a dwindling breed, it would seem. You can imagine how Lot felt, can’t you? I hate it, but it was bound to happen. Jesus asked if there would be faith on Earth when He returns, and there seem to be an awful lot of empty lamps.

pannw on February 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The problem is that making it illegal will not stop it. It happens every day, in every city and country around the world. And in places where it’s illegal, the women are treated terribly — starved and beaten by their pimps.

Civil laws, alas, do not make people moral. Prohibition rode to victory on a wave of people, many committed Christians, who thought that making alcohol illegal would make drunkards sober. If anything, it did the opposite.

Prostitution was legal during Jesus Christ’s time on earth. He didn’t respond by trying to make it illegal; he told the woman caught in adultery, “Go, and sin no more.” It’s a matter of personal responsibility. Changing the civil law, it seems to me, will do nothing but make the moral squalor even worse.

Mary in LA on February 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Argh! Blockquote fail.

You’re not the only one, but we are a dwindling breed, it would seem. You can imagine how Lot felt, can’t you? I hate it, but it was bound to happen. Jesus asked if there would be faith on Earth when He returns, and there seem to be an awful lot of empty lamps.

pannw on February 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The problem is that making it illegal will not stop it. It happens every day, in every city and country around the world. And in places where it’s illegal, the women are treated terribly — starved and beaten by their pimps.

Civil laws, alas, do not make people moral. Prohibition rode to victory on a wave of people, many committed Christians, who thought that making alcohol illegal would make drunkards sober. If anything, it did the opposite.

Prostitution was legal during Jesus Christ’s time on earth. He didn’t respond by trying to make it illegal; he told the woman caught in adultery, “Go, and sin no more.” It’s a matter of personal responsibility. Changing the civil law, it seems to me, will do nothing but make the moral squalor even worse.

Mary in LA on February 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Capitalization fail.
he –> He

Mary in LA on February 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

And all along I thought it was dem eeeeevil conservatives dat wanted to ban everythang.

Sweet Jesus, Harry.

Ryan Anthony on February 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Sorry if this has been mentioned, but I’m betting that prostitution is the ONE business interest in Nevada that has zero unemployment.

So it figures that reid wants to shut them down.

runawayyyy on February 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I’m rather disgusted to see how many people are vilifying the man for wanting to ban prostitution. Something that should have been done long long ago. It is a PROVEN FACT that prostitution victimizes, not empowers, women.

Good grief, just because Harry is a first class a$$hat and it is a shame to think he is electable as dog catcher, let alone senator, doesn’t mean you should stick it to him for everything he does, even the good. That is being an a$$hat yourselves.

Sad thing is, too many “conservatives” are only conservative about their wallets, not the general flushing down the toilet of this society’s morality. I sometimes think many here would be happy with the culture of Amsterdam, so long as taxes were low and business was booming.

flyfishingdad on February 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Mary in La, making murder illegal hasn’t stopped that. Making running red lights illegal doesn’t stop that. Happens in every city…yeah lets just get rid of those laws too….

You are full of B.S.

flyfishingdad on February 23, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Are there NO social cons left in this website other than me that actually think this is a good idea?

ChristianRock

Not if they truly believe in freedom and liberty.

xblade on February 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Mary in La, making murder illegal hasn’t stopped that. Making running red lights illegal doesn’t stop that. Happens in every city…yeah lets just get rid of those laws too….

flyfishingdad

Ahhh, yes, because having consensual sex, something I assume you’ve done a time or two, is the same as killing someone.

xblade on February 23, 2011 at 3:37 PM

flyfishingdad,
Please read Mary in LA’s point again. Or once, even.

Gunslinger on February 23, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I’m rather disgusted to see how many people are vilifying the man for wanting to ban prostitution.

flyfishingdad on February 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM

For the record, I’m just calling him clueless.

Sex may be his state’s #1 commodity – he’ll have as much luck banning prostitution as stopping the sun from rising.

Dark-Star on February 23, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Other than prostitution and gambling, Nevada has coal, uranium and several other resources that need money to develop. Oh Yucca Mountain and area 51.

So Dingy Harry chooses to put down (sic) prostitution.

Who knew he was Baptist?

Maybe that’s what happens when you cross a Mormon with a D’rat.

Yeah, but I didn’t mention ROP. No harm, no foul. /s

Caststeel on February 24, 2011 at 12:37 AM

So one of the biggest sell out whores in politics wants to stop others who willingly and freely do what they do to stop?
What? He doesn’t like the competition? Or he just can’t stand the thought of anybody having a good time?

G-man on February 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I think his Mormon base is abandoning him in droves and he’s trying to rebuild his image as a force for morality. I’d like to know how he became a multimillionaire just from being a Senator. Manna from heaven?

flataffect on February 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM

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