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Is Harry Reid Aware of the Magnitude of the Federal Debt?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:03 am - March 9, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Congress (112th)

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.



  1. Maybe he confused it with federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Except that it’s actually millions who don’t exist.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 9, 2011 @ 3:17 am - March 9, 2011

  2. You beat me to it, TGC.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 9, 2011 @ 7:31 am - March 9, 2011

  3. The consensus among the lefties is that the way to cure deficits is to soak the rich. This, of course, will not work. You would have to double the tax rate on the top income earners to even make a dent in the deficit, and that’s assuming a static revenue model.

    But revenues are not static because people adjust their behavior in response to tax policy. When taxes increase, people have less income to spend, that means fewer products and services are purchased, companies have smaller profits and have to reduce their own expenditures which may include laying off people. Fewer people working means lower tax revenues.

    But, of course, leftists are ignorant of economics and don’t get that.

    If high taxes were the cure for deficits and good for the economy, California, New York, and Illinois would sitting pretty right now instead of being economic and fiscal basket cases.

    But, of course, leftists are ignorant of economics and don’t get that.

    Comment by V the K — March 9, 2011 @ 9:56 am - March 9, 2011

  4. The point of Senator Reid’s strange epiphany the Federal Funding is all about picking winners & losers; the Obama Democrats wants 100% control of the private sector. Hence, their need to demonize people is certain classes of wealth, the “rich.” However, what the Democrats fail to mention by purpose is the “rich” is really just the middle class Americans. They want 100% of taxes from everyone at some point. I believe this class warfare nonsense is mostly ignored by most people as the Obama Democrats eat their own. That’s always the point of class warfare: To pit one group against another out of their own distorted view of “fairness.”

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — March 9, 2011 @ 10:57 am - March 9, 2011

  5. Senator Reid is a mouse who thinks he’s a giant.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — March 9, 2011 @ 3:31 pm - March 9, 2011

  6. Jim Geraghty finds that the NEA and NEH really didn’t help the Cowboy Poets all that much, if at all.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 9, 2011 @ 5:56 pm - March 9, 2011

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