ALG Urges Reid to End his Childish Behavior, Man Up and Cut the Budget

July 14th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attacked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today in his typical unprofessional demeanor. Reid, who has made a career of petulant and child-like behavior, has only contributed to the debate on our nation’s economic future by resorting to playground taunts.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson noted that Reid has a history of lashing out and attacking anyone who doesn’t agree with him, “Harry Reid is the typical playground bully, thrashing around demanding his way, and when someone like Eric Cantor stands up to him, his only reaction is to call names and make snide remarks.”

Below is the official Americans for Limited Government list of childish Harry Reid actions or remarks:

1. To a Las Vegas Review-Journal executive, “I hope you go out of business.” (August, 2009)
2. He bemoaned to the media that, “you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”
3. In 2005, he challenged Republicans to, “Go behind the pool hall and see who wins this one.”
4. At a fundraiser, he referred to new Senator Kristen Gillibrand as the “hottest” member of the Senate.

Wilson noted that the U.S. Senate, under Harry Reid’s leadership, has failed to pass a budget in almost 800 days stating, “Perhaps Harry Reid should spend more time doing his job and less time worrying about others who are actually doing theirs. I guess when you have so few accomplishments to show it is natural to lash out at those who are actively struggling to fix the economic disaster that Reid and his Democratic colleagues have created.”

If you think Reid’s comments are bad, here are just a few of Mr. Reid’s accomplishments since he became Senate Majority Leader:

• The unemployment rate has doubled from January 2007 when it was 4.6%. Now it is 9.2%.
• Inflation was at an annual rate of 1.8% in January 2007, today it is running at an annual rate of 3.6%.
• A gallon of gasoline cost $2.18 a gallon, now it is more than $3.50 a gallon.
• The national debt was $8.67 trillion, now Reid is avoiding dealing with raising a debt ceiling that is $14.3 trillion.

After a review of Reid’s time as Majority Leader one thing is clear, when Harry Reid wishes somebody would go out of business, you need to take him seriously.

ALG Editor’s Note: After publication, it was discovered that the one of the links in the original release was fake.  ALG removed this link immediately upon our discovery that it was not valid.  This release has been edited as a result.

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.