If Harry Reid didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him

To the Sharron Angle supporters out there, look at the bright side: Your candidate may not be in the Senate, but the incumbent who beat her is still giving us comedy gold.

Reports Politico:

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

Find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter

Or tweet this blog post:

54 comments Add your comment

Linda

March 8th, 2011
4:00 pm

Speaking of cowboys & poetry books, I think he really beginning to miss Pres. & Mrs. Bush.

ByteMe

March 8th, 2011
4:17 pm

All politics is local, even if you’re the majority leader.

Real American

March 8th, 2011
4:25 pm

That’s the best ya got Kyle? really?

Wyle Kingfield

March 8th, 2011
4:29 pm

I love White guys!

fair and imbalanced

March 8th, 2011
4:30 pm

How about cuts to education..Idiot

AmVet

March 8th, 2011
4:33 pm

Kyle, I wholeheartedly recommend Black’s Croutons on a Cowpie. The guy is an American treasure that I first learned of while listening to the evil NPR.

And though he’s always been a bust, it has been all downhill for Harry since he, Nancy, Hillary and the rest of those spineless Dems “took impeachment off the table” in 2006.

Just another disgraceful abrogation of their constitutional duties…

JP

March 8th, 2011
4:38 pm

Be fair Kyle – here’s what he said beforehand: (although it may not matter to you)

From Time.com’s Swampland blog

“Here are some of the consequences. H.R. 1 will fire 700,000 Americans, 6,000 Nevadans. Our budget would create jobs, not cost jobs. It will kick 200,000 head start students, the poorest of the poor — little boys and girls trying to get started in life – it will kick them off their ability to learn to read and do elementary math. Hundreds in Nevada will suffer from that. This is a very successful early education program. Head start works. It would slash college students’ Pell Grants, financial aid so many rely on to afford to go to school.

It will eliminate job-training investment at a time we need them the most. It would pull the plug on 600 renewable energy jobs and the largest solar plant in Nevada. It would fire 600 Nevadans who work at community health centers, which hurts those workers as well as the neediest Nevadans who need this help every day.

It would arbitrarily slash programs that fight crime and keep our neighborhoods safe. It would slash homeless security investments that keep Nevadans safe and our country safe. And, Madam President, we have 55 million, 60 million people who visit Las Vegas every year. It’s important that we keep them safe also”

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

March 8th, 2011
4:40 pm

obozo told Hairy what to whine about, just sayin…

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

March 8th, 2011
4:43 pm

Helicopter video shows Trade Center destruction – “The whole tower, it’s gone,” one officer is heard yelling. An officer wonders, “How could it go down?”-Urinal

Aahhh, so now the AJC has gone officially to the Truthers.

How truly weird you are, just sayin…

Kat

March 8th, 2011
4:45 pm

Clearly he misspoke when he said those people don’t exist….let everyone who has never misspoken cast the first stone. Nobody? OK, moving on, then…..shame on you, Kyle. Next time you decide to poke fun at the cowpokes, I suggest you wipe that smug look off your face and do a little research first. There is little enough suppport for the arts and poetry at the best of times, let alone in a bad economy, but you clearly have no idea whatsoever what you are criticizing.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 8th, 2011
4:46 pm

Good afternoon all. Oh, the agony of sending VP Biden abroad (Finland, Finland, Finland) – we have to be satisfied with the extemporaneous musings of Dingy Harry, a poor imitation of the true Gaffmaster.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 8th, 2011
4:48 pm

Perhaps Sen Reid has uncovered a Tea Party plot to wipe out those thousands of people who attend cowboy poetry readings. There is probably a downside to it.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 8th, 2011
4:50 pm

Dear JP @ 4:38, thanks, that is even funnier than the poetry stuff.

JP

March 8th, 2011
4:55 pm

Ragnar – just trying to show everything he said. You can debate the seriousness of 700K people losing jobs ( I know that number is probably high ), or cuts to programs that help the poor. Just wanted to show what he said beforehand.

Linda

March 8th, 2011
5:02 pm

The Democrats will really miss Big Bird.

Kyle Wingfield

March 8th, 2011
5:05 pm

JP: I’ve seen the 700,000 jobs figure before. And I thought it was interesting, because Republicans are talking about cutting roughly 7 percent as much money as we spent on the stimulus, and yet the Democrats say we will lose 20 percent to 50 percent of the jobs they previously told us the stimulus created.

I guess Keynesian multipliers work differently in reverse…

The Republican Party's Job-Killing Budget

March 8th, 2011
5:06 pm

If the taxpayer-subsidized cowpoke poetry festival is the best example the Senate Majority Leader can find to illuminate the devastation that GOP cuts would bring to bear,…

I agree with Kyle Wingfield. Reid can and should have come up with much better examples to illuminate the devastation that GOP cuts would bring to bear.

The GOP plan is projected to cost the United States hundreds of thousand of jobs when our unemployment rate is nearly 9 percent and includes deep cuts in areas such as education, medical research, infrastructure, job training, and national security. It’s almost as if the GOP is trying to create a double-dip recession for political gain in the 2012 elections.

Linda

March 8th, 2011
5:09 pm

It was Mark Zandi who said cuts in spending would mean the loss of 700,000 jobs. He was the same guy who said that the economic stimulus bill of almost a TRILLION DOLLARS would prevent unemployment from exceeding 8%! Didn’t it exceed 10%? Isn’t it still close to 9% (unless you count everyone unemployed)?
Liberals, start listening to your own common sense! WE ARE BROKE!

JP

March 8th, 2011
5:12 pm

Kyle – not going to argue the numbers with you. We could lose a lot less jobs and it would still be tough for those impacted. There will be jobs lost and programs that impact the poor and needy will be impacted or eliminated. We can debate the merits of that – as a lot of people will suffer due to budget cutting. But as usual, you only report the information you want to be seen and heard, not all of it. To highlight the Cowboy Poetry Festival as the main thrust of Reid’s speech is not only lazy, but intellectually dishonest.

Kyle Wingfield

March 8th, 2011
5:21 pm

I’m sorry you feel that way, JP, but I’m not going to include the entire list of big-government talking points every time Harry Reid or anyone else complains about budget cuts.

For that matter, I don’t include the entire list of small-government talking points every time I quote someone speaking in favor of budget cuts, either.

carlosgvv

March 8th, 2011
5:27 pm

Kyle, any and every member of the House and Senate will bitterly protest any cut to his or her pork projects. Singling out Harry Reid is really disingenuous on your part.

JP

March 8th, 2011
5:29 pm

Kyle- To quote you:”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”

Like I said before, everything else he said before the Cowboy Poetry festival stuff was a much better example. And it’s on the record. You just chose to ignore it.

Wingfield the Keynesian

March 8th, 2011
5:31 pm

Anybody who advocates tax cuts to grow the economy is, by definition, a Keynesian. I believe Mr. Wingfield falls into that category.

I’ve also read Mr. Wingfield’s statements that not all tax cuts are the same. By the same token, not all spending/spending cuts are the same. Different categories of spending have different multipliers. For example, cutting subsidies to big oil, which House Republicans unanimously voted down, would reduce far fewer jobs, if any, than cutting education spending.

I also want to point out that the 700,000 figure wasn’t made by a Democrat. It was made by an economic adviser to the McCain/Palin campaign. George W. Bush’s appointee to chair the federal reserve, Ben Bernanke, says the GOP budget would stunt economic growth and that we’d would lose at least a couple of hundred thousand jobs. Other estimates say job loss would approach a million?

Whichever estimate you prefer, the Republican budget will amount to large-scale job loss and stunted economic growth. If passed, Republicans will undoubtedly blame Obama for the predictable and predicted results of their job-killing austerity plan.

MiltonMan

March 8th, 2011
5:32 pm

700k jobs lost??? Maybe the 700k should get off the government dole.

Screwy Louie

March 8th, 2011
5:33 pm

JP, like all moocherclass libs won’t argue the numbers because it is a sure loser.

@JP: We will all suffer, yes the whole country, if something is not done about the ridiculous stuff the elected federal “representatives” spend our tax dollars on to appease and buy votes. Suffering is such a subjective term. States can do as there respective citizens will allow, but the federal governement has no place wading into these aspects of our lives. Go ahead and call Kyle lazy if that makes you feel good, but you my friend must wear the yoke of intellectual dishonesty. I will hold my breath awaiting your childish attack on me, but without fear of suffocating.

MiltonMan

March 8th, 2011
5:34 pm

Obozo’s healthcare will costs jobs. Why are the liberals not mentioning this in anything other than a positive?

MiltonMan

March 8th, 2011
5:35 pm

Hey liberals, the republicans were voted in because (1) Obozo is a clown & (2) to cut costs. Don’t like it? Tough.

@@

March 8th, 2011
5:38 pm

Harry wants to keep riding Nevada’s cowboys!!??!!

I did not know that about Harry. Learn sump’n new every day.

GiddyYap, Harry!

Libby

March 8th, 2011
5:38 pm

I’ll never go to Las Vegas again!

JP

March 8th, 2011
5:39 pm

Screwy Louie- calling me a moocherclass lib? Nice “childish attack.” I’ll have you know I was unemployed for 6 months. I worked 2 jobs instead of taking unemployment. Never asked anyone for anything. And you’re right, a lot of folks will suffer, I won’t argue about that. And calling Kyle lazy doesn’t make me feel good, in fact it WAS out of line – I just asked that he show Reid’s entire speech, instead of generalizing the entire thing based on one paragraph.

Screwy Louie

March 8th, 2011
5:42 pm

@Real American:
“That’s the best ya got Kyle? really?”

What you got, buddy?

Screwy Louie

March 8th, 2011
5:47 pm

@JP- whether you have been out of work or whatever your circumstances, I apologize for letting emotion outrun discretion. I enjoy a forthright debate and hope to throttle my smarta$$ tendencies.
Calling you a name was not right.

My point, simply stated, is that we can not go on like this as a country and I see no justification for the federal government spending on non-essentials as if they created the wealth. It just won’t work!

JP

March 8th, 2011
5:52 pm

Louie – I agree with you, my emotions get the best of me too. I agree with you on the budget aid on other blogs that we ought to cut EVERYTHING across the board by 10-20% (whatever will get us close to a balanced budget) I am as liberal as they come (more socially than fiscally) but am a fan of the Simpson Bowles plan and the Gang of 6 plan. My point about the Reaid quote was that we ought to see his entire argument, then have a discussion on that.

gatorman770

March 8th, 2011
5:57 pm

The funding should immediately be reauthorized, just as soon as we cut enough wasteful extravagant spending, including the over 23% of the UN budget and other foreign aid to especially non-US friendly countries and refund Social Security fund by cashing in all of the 40 years worth of IOUs!

The Original Get Real

March 8th, 2011
6:00 pm

The Republican Party’s Job-Killing Budget

Total and complete Bull$hit….Harry Reid is a weasel disguised as a babbling buffoon. 14 trillion in debt, a historical massacre in Nov 2010 and liberal democrats still do not get it…unfriggin believable!!

Screwy Louie

March 8th, 2011
6:01 pm

@Libby-
If you should change you mind and get out to Vegas, please drop this submission off to Harry. He might be amazed at how cheaply cowboy poetry can be bought on the open market. Here goes:

Out on the prairie, the prairie so vast;
Eating the beans and passing the gas.
I climb in my saddle and tug on the reins;
And off gallops Trigger, across the great plains.

GOP Cuts INCREASE Deficits

March 8th, 2011
6:02 pm

That’s right. When hundreds of thousands lose their jobs, that mean hundreds of thousands who don’t pay income taxes. It also means hundreds of thousands who don’t spend as much which means lower income for the rest of the economy meaning lower tax revenues. Lower tax revenues lead to higher deficits.

The Republican plan isn’t a plan to lower deficits. It’s a plan to INCREASE deficits. Read about how austerity is working out for Ireland and the U.K. and you’ll get a glimpse of the future that Republicans have in mind for us.

sulley

March 8th, 2011
6:03 pm

Someone needs to focus on entitlements. You bozos understand they are just focusing on discretionary spending because both the GOP and Dem are afraid to bring up. If the GOP brings it up then lord helps the demagoguing will be beging by the Dems. I can hear them now. The Republicans do not care about poor, old, black, gay, children, sick, etc. Lord help us!

Rafe Hollister

March 8th, 2011
6:03 pm

There are no cuts that will not hurt the people employed in that field. So what do we do, keep spending until we all are affected. We can not continue funding every frivolous notion or nanny state service because the cuts hurt people.

We have to sit down and decide what is a legitimate function of government and only fund those functions. I am afraid the Cowpoetry festival would rank below the Stimulus funded study to investigate why pig waste stinks. But then again, on your list maybe not.

killerj

March 8th, 2011
6:10 pm

Where,s Doc Holiday when you need him,I,ll be your huckleberry.Go Tea Party.

Screwy Louie

March 8th, 2011
6:14 pm

@sulley:
The “someone” is indeed us bozos. (I remember Bozo and he was alright by me, but I digress)
Until we bozos understand the founding of the country and realize the differenece between equal opportunity an equal outcome, we are sunk as a nation. We bozos must stand up, get a backbone, and stop looking for a handout from our neighbors facilitated by government as opposed to charity offered voluntarily. And please all you race baiters, spare us the bit about slavery, which was a mistake that has long ago been corrected, at least in this country. If “we” are the government, then “we” have to be responsible for fixing the damn thing, right?

I have got to get the dishwasher unloaded before the wife gets home or what Harry said will be the least of my concerns. Hope everybody has the evening of your choosing.

The Original Get Real

March 8th, 2011
6:16 pm

GOP Cuts INCREASE Deficits

You really need to lighten up on sucking the crack pipe…

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

March 8th, 2011
6:27 pm

I don’t want to go getting off into conspiracy stuff here, but two satellites, two years to the date apart, both end up in the same spot? Who benefits?

One of my old axioms, always follow the money. One of the reasons that there is this big, never ending push for manmade global warming is ’cause that’s who gets the money. When the grant money comes around, if you believe manmade global warming, you get your share of it. Well, the last thing that bunch needs is scientific proof that man has nothing to do with it. If there ever is scientific proof — and see, I don’t need scientific proof because to me the people who are promoting manmade global warming are a bunch of frauds. They are liberals. They lie. It’s not a generalization. It is an Undeniable Truth of Life. So whereas you might find it odd that I would be so confident that Obama did not mean it when he said Club Gitmo is gonna close, I turn right around to you and ask, why did you believe him in the first place? – Limbaugh

bigguy

March 8th, 2011
6:43 pm

To all liberals’ premise that tax cuts increase the deficit: see Ronald Reagan.

A.T.

March 8th, 2011
9:49 pm

bigguy – you do know Reagan actually raised taxes eleven times during his presidency right? Biggest myth ever is Reagan and tax cuts.

jt

March 9th, 2011
7:08 am

A president can’t raise taxes…………………..dim-wad.

Screwy Louie

March 9th, 2011
7:33 am

A.T. is part of the problem, sadly. A constituency lacking the most basic civic education is why it has been near impossible to reform the federal government. If we can’t get to the point where State’s rights are restored and the federal government is put back in its proper role, I fear there is little hope for the Republic.

Road Scholar

March 9th, 2011
8:28 am

jt: President Reagan had to sign the bill! Veto? No? Dim-wad yourself!

Boehmer, where are the jobs? Oh, and this request does not include more lobbyists! Where is all the trickle down?

Road Scholar

March 9th, 2011
8:31 am

Screwy: “A.T. is part of the problem, sadly.”

Because he has a grasp of history as it really occurred? or that he called you out for your error?

Screwy Louie

March 9th, 2011
9:13 am

@Road Public Schooler:
And had he vetoed, would it have been sustained? Read it as you will, but AT didn’t call me out, unless of course you are also AT. Hmmmmm? A leopard can’t change its spots.