Harry Reid Should Apologize for Using Marine Tragedy for Political Agenda

For the past 10 years or so I have been less than impressed by Senator Harry Reid (R-NV) and his shady politics. Ever since Barack Obama illegally occupied the White House four years ago Reid’s political hijinks have amounted to nothing more than playground bullying and ostrich with its head in the sand concept of reality.

Reid was instrumental in pushing Obamacare down the throats of the American people. I remember hearing him on the news telling the American public that they were doing it because that’s what most Americans wanted. Yet the vast majority of public polls at the time showed that between 65% to 75% of the American public were against national healthcare and were afraid of what it would do to the economy. It wasn’t what the American people wanted it was what Reid and his fellow socialists wanted.

The economy tanked and millions of Americans lost their jobs but the Republican led House put forth a dozen jobs bills. The majority of those bills would have created more jobs without adding to the already burgeoning deficit by cutting spending elsewhere. But no! Harry Reid could not allow that to happen so he refused to even look at 11 of the 12 House bills sent to this Senate. Reid favored Obama’s jobs bill that would have added nearly $1 trillion to the national deficit while creating very few jobs. Yet it was Reid who blamed Republicans for being unwilling to compromise.

As America teetered time and time again at the edge of the fiscal cliff, House Republicans propose measures that would allow for an increased debt ceiling but also called for cuts in government spending. But no! Harry Reid cannot allow that to happen so he refused to even entertain some of the House budget proposals. Instead, Reid favored Obama’s plan that would have basically given Obama a blank check to spend as many trillions of dollars as he wanted without cutting a single penny from spending. In fact it was Harry Reid who kept promising Republicans that if they agree to raise the debt ceiling that he and fellow Democrats would sit down and discuss budget cuts. But gullible Republicans agreed, raise the debt ceiling, and then complained when Reid refused to sit down to discuss spending cuts.

This year we had the unleashing of the doomsday device, known as sequestration, that Harry Reid indicated would destroy America and throw us back into the dark ages. Even though sequestration was Obama’s idea and signed into law by Obama, Reid pointed his aging finger at the Republicans and blamed them for the catastrophe that was to descend upon us all.

Now, Reid has the unmitigated gall to blame a tragic training exercise that killed seven US Marines at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada upon sequestration and the Republicans. Taking the Senate floor on Tuesday, Reid expressed his condolences for the families of those Marines and then turned the tragedy into a political ploy that in my opinion was an insult to those who sacrificed their lives, their families and the American people. Reid’s words were:

“It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary. These men and women, our Marines, were training there in Hawthorne and with the sequester, it’s going to cut the stuff back, and I just hope everyone understands sacrifices made by our military, they are significant.”

The insinuation that the sequester had anything to do with the tragic deaths is not taken lightly by some members of our military. One unnamed Marine told the media:

“I don’t know how anyone could link this accident to budget cuts. Budget cuts would never cause Marines to operate in unsafe conditions.”

At least one Pentagon official is trying to play down Reid’s comment. Reid’s spokesperson Kristin Orthman also tried to defray the Senators comment by releasing the following statement:

“In the wake of the Hawthorne tragedy, Senator Reid’s thoughts are with the Marines who were killed or injured and their loved ones. The idea that Senator Reid thinks the Hawthorne tragedy is anything to do with the sequester is absurd and unsubstantiated by his remarks on the topic. Marines would not be forced to operate under unsafe conditions due to budget cuts.”

If that is the case then why was it necessary for Reid to bring up the subject of the sequester and budget cuts and how it affects training in the military in the same statement that addresses the Marine deaths at Hawthorne? No matter how you try to smooth it over it is obvious that Reid was using this military tragedy to promote a political agenda. His comments were tasteless, rude, uncaring and unethical. If I were still active military I would be incensed and outraged at his verbiage and demand a public apology and retraction of his statement.