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Harry Reid vs. The Bimbos

Analysis: Love them or hate them, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton create plenty of jobs. Harry Reid? Not so much.

Love them or hate them, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton “create” plenty of jobs. Harry Reid? Not so much.

In a fit of frustration, the Senate majority leader recently remarked that ‚??fabulously rich so-called small business owners like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton could qualify for these wasteful giveaways.‚?Ě (By ‚??giveaways,‚?Ě Reid means tax rates that are not yet instituted.)

By pointing out that these two stupendously wealthy airheads are supposedly beneficiaries of some undue “breaks,” Reid might believes he’s found the perfect tax villains. He’s wrong. Because, as counterintuitive as it may seem, Kardashian and Hilton are effective job creators, the kind that Reid shouldn‚??t be punishing.

In the same way that millions of Nevadans unfathomably vote for Reid, millions of Americans purchase goods bearing the names of young women who are famous merely for being famous.

Paris Hilton has reportedly generated more than $1 billion from her ventures — and, one expects, that most of that money isn‚??t tucked under a diamond-studded duvet, but invested.

Her name graces the packaging of fragrances (‚??Tease‚?Ě by Paris Hilton!), accessories, shoes and an array of other wholly overpriced merchandise. There are stores hawking her stuff and investors clamoring to get involved. As Hilton explained to FHM magazine: ‚??They‚??ve produced more than $1.3 billion in revenue since 2005. I have 35 stores and 17 product lines and then there‚??s my racing team, my 14 fragrances ‚?¶‚?Ě

That‚??s a lot of jobs.

As for Kim Kardashian, she seems to be in a similar position. The professional socialite sells weight-loss supplements, perfumes and is, according to the¬†New York Post, ‚??a marketer’s dream.‚?Ě ¬†Kardashian co-founded a dreadful sounding enterprise called ShoeDazzle.com, which is now valued at $280 million, according to Success magazine.¬†As the Wall Street Journal put it, ‚??it‚??s clear that the Kardashians have turned generating publicity, and possibly profit from that attention, into an art form.”

Best of all, unlike Reid, Hilton and Kardashian, as far as I can tell, don‚??t believe they‚??re entitled to your money.

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David Harsanyi is the former editor of Human Events. He is a syndicated columnists and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, New York Post, and numerous other publications and is the author of ‚??Obama‚??s Four Horsemen: The Disasters Unleashed by Obama‚??s Reelection‚?Ě (Regnery, 2013) and ‚??Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children‚?Ě (Doubleday/Broadway, 2007).

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