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Harry Reid’s “Stimulus”

Or perhaps anti-stimulus. Apparently Reid thinks that ending prostitution in Nevada is going to somehow going to grow the economy:

“One of the businessmen in that meeting told me he simply couldn’t believe that one of the biggest businesses in the county he was considering for his new home is legal prostitution,” he said.

Sounds like a great way to help Nevada’s economy, shuttering the biggest industry in a county. You’d think that would be a fringe benefit to a lot of executives.

9 Responses to “Harry Reid’s “Stimulus””

  1. If the biggest business in your county is whorehouses, then the county has other problems.

  2. Ed says:

    If you can’t make a whorehouse into a job-creating, tourism-generating cost-free industry to the state, you’ve got big problems and are probably unfit to run a lemonade stand, much less serve in any elected office at any level in any hamlet, shire, county, town, city, region, province, colony, district, borough, arrondisement, laender, oblast, state, country, republic, etc.

  3. ExurbanKevin says:

    Well, keep in mind that there are two types of prostitutes in Nevada: One are withered old has-beens who will do anything for a buck…

    And the other is Harry Reid.

  4. Ian Argent says:

    Feds managed to lose money operating a house siezed for back taxes. Sen Reid must be thinking of that fiasco

  5. Let me quote my wife on this matter…

    “It’s not like doesn’t stimulate growth in other areas.”

  6. Sage Thrasher says:

    The safest prostitutes in the world are those who work in licensed, regulated brothels. All Reid’s proposal would do is push these women onto the street and into the arms of thuggish pimps.

    Like most public posturing on morality, his proposals would actually make things worse for the very people he pretends to be trying to help.

  7. Chas says:

    Markie Marxist sez: “Freedom must not be allowed. Ever! We commies aren’t called totalitarians for nothing, you know.”

  8. Sigivald says:

    On the other hand, prostitution in Nevada is only legal in the counties with basically no people; it’s not legal in the counties containing Vegas and Reno.

    It’s the biggest industry in the empty counties because it’s damned near the only one. (Esmeralda county has a population of under 1000 people.)

    (Only eight of Nevada’s counties allow prostitution and there are a grand total of 28 brothels in the state.

    So I think this is a tempest in a teapot on both sides. Prostitution ought to be broadly legal simply on libertarian grounds, but the harm done by shutting it down in Nevada would be minuscule.

    But so would the notional economic benefit based on a single anecdote of a carpetbagger businessman wanting to move into one of the unpopulated counties.)

  9. Cargosquid says:

    Get rid of the brothels? Then who would graduate to become Democrats?

    Yes. I know. I’m insulting the prostitutes. But it was too good to pass up.

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