File this under: Did Harry Reid just say that?
In the middle of his tirade against House Republicans’ “mean-spirited” budget bill on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Senate Majority Leader lamented that the GOP’s proposed budget cuts would eliminate the annual “cowboy poetry festival” in his home state of Nevada. (See also: Reid’s prostitution lecture bombs.)
Reid clearly has a soft spot for the Baxter Blacks of the poetry world and thinks Republicans don’t.
“The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1…eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts,” said Reid. “These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
Reid was attempting, of course, to criticize the spending proposal crafted by House Republicans that would cut $61 billion from the budget before he began praising the annual festival in his home state. The Senate majority leader also insisted Tuesday that he would do everything he could to schedule an up-or-down vote on H.R. 1 in order to force his GOP colleagues to take a position on the budget bill that Democrats argue includes “draconian” cuts. (links original)
If the taxpayer-subsidized cowpoke poetry (cowpoketry?) festival is the best example the Senate Majority Leader can find to illuminate the devastation that GOP cuts would bring to bear, we may be getting somewhere.
As for Reid’s threat to let Republican senators vote on the budget cuts that Republican House members approved — please, please don’t throw them in that briar patch!
P.S. — Mr. Leader, I’m pretty sure those tens of thousands of people will still “exist” — and spend money somewhere — regardless of whether they have a cowboy poetry festival to attend.
– By Kyle Wingfield
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