Mean Spirited GOP: Balancing the Budget on Backs of ‘Cowboy Poets’?

By John W. Lillpop

With America on the brink of financial chaos, it is more than slightly disconcerting that the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate is focused on preserving federal funding for programs that most Americans have never heard of and even fewer actually participate in.

That is the story created by Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) who, as reported in part at reference 1, waxed poetic in blasting Republican budget-cutting plans,:

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.”

Reid’s idiotic rant is particularly amusing when contrasted with the words of Steny Hoyer who is predicting a long, long journey to balance the federal budget, as reported in reference 2:

Washington (CNSNews.com) – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that it may take as many as 20 years to balance the federal budget after years of deficit spending in Washington.

With all due respect to the Honorable Mr. Hoyer, if dim wits like Harry Reid continue to hold power, the federal budget may NEVER be balanced.