Lies, Damn Lies

And This Guy Is Making Statisticians Look Good

Okay, maybe Harry Reid just rubs me the wrong way. Maybe he just pushes my buttons in a way that, as a functioning adult, I should be able to ignore. But for my money, the Senate Majority Leader has a way of serving the public that makes him worthy of Mark Twain’s most cutting evaluations. Allahpundit shows how the man’s word is most definitely not his bond. Quoting The Heritage Foundation:

This comes as both a stunning and ridiculous development; Americans are still coping with high energy prices and coming to grips with a plan to bailout Wall Street, and Senator Reid is denying access to potentially one of America’s most abundant energy reserves.

In essence, Senator Reid is stripping the decision rights away from his colleagues in other states.

According to Nick Loris at Heritage, and to Senator Jim DeMint, “Just when it appeared that we could celebrate Congress lifting the ban on oil shale, Senator Reid ‘has decided to sneak an extension of the oil shale ban through as Congress fights over the financial bailout.’

So what did Mark Twain say? Oh, a couple of things.

There are many Senators whom I hold in a certain respect and would not think of declining to meet socially, if I believed it was the will of God. We have lately sent a United States Senator to the penitentiary, but I am quite well aware that of those who have escaped this promotion there are several who are in some regards guiltless of crime–not guiltless of all crimes, for that cannot be said of any United States Senator, I think, but guiltless of some kinds of crime.
Mark Twain in Eruption

Senator: a person who makes laws in Washington when not doing time.
More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

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