From Chris Moody of The Daily Caller comes this riveting news story:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's threat to shut down the regulated sex industry in his state doesn't exactly have Nevada prostitutes shaking in their G-strings.
"I will lie down for a lot of things, but Senator Reid is not one of them," said Brooke Taylor, a five-year veteran working girl at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch just outside Carson City.
In his biennial address at the state capitol Tuesday, the Nevada senator vowed to strip the state's 16 counties of the right to determine their own brothel laws, saying that "the time has come" to rid the state of the practice.
"When the nation thinks about Nevada, it should think about the world's newest ideas and newest careers – not about its oldest profession," Reid told the state delegation.
Hat tip: Ivan Osorio.
Of course, prositution is already only barely legal (hmm…that doesn't sound right) in Nevada, restricted to a few counties outside the big city areas. But what I'm wondering is who's the constituency for Reid's puritanical put-downs? The state's storied Basque sheepherding population?
Hate to tell the senator this, but legalizing vice and hence diminishing the social pathologies associated with victimless crimes is absolutely cutting-edge policy. Portugal decrimmed drugs to excellent results and legalizing prostitution (and gambling and drugs) works similarly.
About the only thing you can say in favor of keeping prostitution illegal is that its prohibition is the essential pretext for the Angel franchise. And while that's good, Cass Sunstein could tell you that ain't enough to come out on top of even a fake cost-benefit analysis.
Here's Sen. Reid in the role of a lifetime. I like to call this clip "Enter, Sandman":
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