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.[...]
“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.”[...]
For the record, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is in Elko, Nev., next January. The 28th annual festival, a “week-long celebration of life in the rural West, featuring the contemporary and traditional arts of western ranching culture,” is expected to draw thousands of people, according to the festival’s website.
- Who knew there was even such an animal as "Cowboy Poets"?
- If "tens of thousands" of people are coming to see the Cowboy Poets, then why not charge a little extra at the door and skip the government funding all together?
- If Republicans cannot cut such a silly and needless waste of taxpayer dollars like this, then this once great republic is lost.
- Harry Reid's big mouth can be like Christmas in July.