Maybe it’s a good thing that Sharron Angle lost her race for the U.S. Senate last fall. Well, perhaps, it’s not a good thing for the state she wanted to represented, but it is a good thing for the GOP. The man who defeated her, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is the gift that keeps on giving:
“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.”
If Sarah Palin talked like that, it would lead the evening news. The Senate’s top Democrat just said that tens of thousands of people wouldn’t exist without government funding. Guess the takeaway is that he and his caucus now believe that government funding is now necessary for the creation of individual human beings.
You’d think with a deficit far in excess of the entire federal budget in 1989, Senators would understand the need to make sacrifices, especially when the White House Press Secretary has made said that “The President, as you know, is committed to reducing spending.”
Over at the Washington Examiner, J.P. Freire sums it up:
Just keep this in perspective when people talk about which party is willing to reach a compromise. One party levels ad hominem attacks over cutting funding to poetry festivals. The other… wants to cut funding to poetry festivals.
Wonder what Clint Eastwood would say about a cowboy poetry festival that couldn’t survive without the federal government’s support.