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Dems Should Dump Ethically Challenged Harry Reid
Real Clear Politics ^ | 30 Jan 2007 | Dennis Byrne

Posted on 01/29/2007 9:39:52 PM PST by Kitten Festival

Instead of talking in sweeping platitudes about "ethics reform," Senate Democrats might want to prove they mean it by dumping their ethically challenged majority leader, Harry Reid.

The Nevada lawmaker has been implicated in yet another land scheme that this time could net him a tidy $50,000 to $290,000. Los Angeles Times investigative reporters Chuck Neubauer and Tom Hamburger, this week revealed that Reid paid $166 an acre for valuable northern Arizona land whose market value, according to the county assessor, four years ago was worth $2,144 an acre.

Who would be a big enough fool to sell Reid the land at such a ludicrously low price? A long-time pal who would financially benefit from some obscure legislation that the senator has often sponsored.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: bribe; corruption; greasedpalm; grifter; harryreid; landdeal; nevada; throwhimout

1 posted on 01/29/2007 9:39:53 PM PST by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

Reid meets Dimmycrap standards of ethics perfectly.


2 posted on 01/29/2007 9:41:08 PM PST by TBP
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To: Kitten Festival

What a crook.


3 posted on 01/29/2007 9:42:24 PM PST by linn37 (Love your Phlebotomist)
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To: Kitten Festival

Ethical standards only apply to Republicans.


4 posted on 01/29/2007 9:43:09 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Well, it's 2007. Time to get ready for 2008.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

This is the scumbag who went to the Inca ruins instead of Gerald Ford's funeral. He was lounging about for four days at a $1000 a day luxury resort instead of doing his civil duties as Senate leader. Then he went and cozied up to the two worst leaders in south america this side of hugo chavez: evo morales of bolivia and rafael correa of ecuador where he was said to have had a grand old time. i think we have seen enough of reid and all his freelancing that is putting us all in danger and padding his pockets. He's done enough damage, it's time for him to go.


5 posted on 01/29/2007 9:45:24 PM PST by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

Ya'll know this means Dickie Durbin is next in line.


6 posted on 01/29/2007 9:48:58 PM PST by Credo
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To: Kitten Festival

Wow... This is front page of New York Times.....

NOT... hahaha and how do the media get away with this non-reporting on Democrat ethics violations... hmmmm


7 posted on 01/29/2007 9:50:28 PM PST by tomnbeverly (How bout that lie detector test Mr. Berger?)
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To: Kitten Festival

It doesn't matter how corrupt a RAT is to the MSM.


8 posted on 01/29/2007 9:57:28 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Kitten Festival
Small potatos compared to this:

To Move an Ocean by Tim Findley

9 posted on 01/29/2007 10:01:59 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: Making fascism fashionable in Kaleeforia, one charade at a time.)
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To: Credo

Wonder who thinks they`re the smartest, Durbin or Biden? Wonder who they would call if they had to install a lightbulb?


10 posted on 01/29/2007 10:03:22 PM PST by neverhillorat (IF THE RATS WIN, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: Kitten Festival
The most interesting line in the article:

Dennis Byrne is a Chicago Tribune op-ed columnist and freelance writer. Email: dennis@dennisbyrne.net

Hey Dennis, I take it the Trib wasn't interested in your investigative work?

Shocks the hell out of me.

11 posted on 01/29/2007 10:05:40 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: Making fascism fashionable in Kaleeforia, one charade at a time.)
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To: Kitten Festival
He could have never have risen to the his current position had he not been ethically challenged.
12 posted on 01/29/2007 10:09:02 PM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: Kitten Festival

What's the appointment scheme in Nevada? The governor is a Pubbie.

Hell would freeze over before the Rats would cast away a crook if the balance of the Senate is at stake. Shoot, they already have Tim Johnson practically doing a "Weekend at Bernie's" routine so that the SD governor doesn't appoint a Republican.


13 posted on 01/29/2007 10:14:26 PM PST by NYRepublican72
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To: Kitten Festival

b ttt.


14 posted on 01/29/2007 10:15:32 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Kitten Festival

If Reid resigns, wouldn't Nevada's GOP guv have a chance to replace him?


15 posted on 01/29/2007 10:22:57 PM PST by Princip. Conservative
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To: Princip. Conservative
Yep under NRS 304.030, the governor appoints a Senator in case of vacancy. The text of NRS 304.030 is as follows:

Governor to appoint qualified person upon vacancy in office. In case of a vacancy in the office of United States Senator caused by death, resignation or otherwise, the Governor may appoint some qualified person to fill the vacancy, who shall hold office until the next general election and until his successor shall be elected and seated.(Added to NRS by 1960, 281)

Interestingly, under the Nevada Constitution, until repealed by referendum in 2004, the governor was supposed to call a special session of the legislature to fill the vacancy. Under that scenario, the Rats would win because they control the State House by a larger margin than the Pubbies control the Nevada Senate.

In any event, that crooked bastard Reid won't step down, especially with the balance of power at stake in the Senate.

16 posted on 01/29/2007 11:01:49 PM PST by NYRepublican72
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To: Kitten Festival

Sure Reid is ethically challenged, but how does he stand out from all the other Dems? Even if their hands aren't dirty from taking swag, their minds are filthy with lib "ethics". Dinesh D'Souza is wrong about libs being responsible for 9/11. Islamic terrorists are responsible. But libs are responsible for dragging America into slimy pit of coarse "values" and hedonism as an end to itself.


17 posted on 01/29/2007 11:20:31 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Carry_Okie

Byrne is one of the few Trib columnists worth reading. I can't think of another conservative on their staff. Maybe John Kass, but he usually writes about strictly local matters. Byrne is as good as the top national conservative columnists. His columns deserve a wider reading as this column proves. Plus he frequently adds a little humor to his barbs.


18 posted on 01/29/2007 11:23:50 PM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2
Sure Reid is ethically challenged, but how does he stand out from all the other Dems?

Scale.

19 posted on 01/29/2007 11:26:47 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: Making fascism fashionable in Kaleeforia, one charade at a time.)
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To: Kitten Festival
Ethical DemoRats and flying pigs.
20 posted on 01/29/2007 11:28:28 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Zimbabwe, leftist success story.)
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To: Kitten Festival

This story will be on conservative web sites for few days, then forgotten.


21 posted on 01/30/2007 12:07:18 AM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Kitten Festival

Go here for a lot of the background info that goes way beyond the land deals.

http://gsting.blogspot.com


22 posted on 01/30/2007 2:20:41 AM PST by FastCoyote
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To: Kitten Festival
Senate Democrats might want to prove they mean it by dumping their ethically challenged majority leader, Harry Reid.

Never happen. There is not a single vertebrate among the Republicans in Washington to call him out.

23 posted on 01/30/2007 2:23:19 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Kitten Festival

This wont go anywhere.


24 posted on 01/30/2007 3:44:01 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: Kitten Festival

This wont go anywhere.


25 posted on 01/30/2007 3:44:01 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: Kitten Festival
Dems Should Dump Ethnically Challenged Harry Reid

What? No affirmative action for the Democrat caucus???

26 posted on 01/30/2007 3:49:02 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: TBP
Reid meets Dimmycrap standards of ethics perfectly.

Actually, he is more ethical than most of them. He is probably the most ethical of the reliable liberals in the U.S. Senate.

Sort of like the most chaste employee in a whorehouse.

27 posted on 01/30/2007 5:26:58 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman
Sort of like the most chaste employee in a whorehouse.

The piano player?

28 posted on 01/30/2007 6:39:17 AM PST by TBP
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To: Kitten Festival

In his way, as a poster mouse of impressive improprieties and duplicity, Reid is a gift to the Republicans


29 posted on 01/30/2007 7:01:43 AM PST by mtntop3
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To: Kitten Festival

They should, but they won't. Which will allow the GOP to make an issue of him everytime the Democrats try that Politics of Corruption crap.


30 posted on 01/30/2007 7:03:15 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Kitten Festival; All

This is really a lot bigger than Dingy just getting a sweetheart real estate deal in return for doing a favor. Instead, it apparently crosses over into being a potentially serious crime because Dingy acquired the property from a pension fund. All IRS qualified pension funds are regulated by the Department of Labor and the IRS. When an employer establishes a "qualified" pension plan the money must be paid into a separate trust, exempt from the claims of the employer's creditors, that's legally required to be administered by the employer in the sole interest of the covered employees, who are its beneficiaries. Thus, the employer becomes a fiduciary who's legally required to act solely on behalf of the employee beneficiaries of the plan in admininstgerintg the plan's assets. If the employer embezzles money from the plan either directly or by selling its assets for far less than their fair market value, he violates that fiduciary duty and is guilty of a serious felony. If plan assets are sold in a sweetheart deal for far less than market value, it's likely that both the selling employer/fiduciary and the purchaser could be successfully prosecuted for conspiring to embezzle the plan's assets, an even more serious felony.

It looks like Dingy conspired with the seller of this property to perpetrate just such a felony so the seller could get Dingy to support favorable legislation.
Dingy acquired the land for $10,000, about $50,000 less than it was appraised for, meaning the plan administrator probably violated his fiduciary duties to the plan's participants by giving away their $50,000 realty interest as a likely bribe to Dingy. Thus, we have Dingy and the seller of the land in a probable conspiracy to embezzle $50,000 of the plan's assets and a second probable conspiracy to use those assets as a bribe.

Now I'm taking bets on how far the Bush administration will go to investigate and prosecute this vile business. How many of you, along with me, suspect that this will just go under the rug, along with all the other DemonRat crimes Bush has deliberately refused to prosecute? Worst of all, by consistently refusing to prosecute major, probable crimes like this, he's depriving us of one of the best grounds we have for retaining the White House and regaining Congress in 2008. It's disgusting.


31 posted on 01/30/2007 8:19:18 AM PST by libstripper
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To: libstripper
Messing with pension funds is taboo, like having sex in church.

I'm dying to know, how did the pension fund come to be half owners of the property with Reid in the first place. Thats got me curious. Looks like a shell game, like his other land deals. But to do this with a pension fund was so dumb. Unless of course, your a Democrat. Im registering as a Democrat tomorrow, this party-class protection is priceless benefit. Look at Cold Cash Jefferson ... still in congress, no problem. Cash in freezer, no problem.
32 posted on 01/30/2007 7:14:50 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: libstripper
I haven't heard a word about this story on the boob tube.
33 posted on 01/31/2007 11:02:27 AM PST by linn37 (Love your Phlebotomist)
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