While the Congressional Budget Office released a preliminary report stating that the budget deficits for February alone stand at $223 billion, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today to admonish the proposed Republican cuts in spending as “mean-spirited” because they would allegedly eliminate federal subsidies from flowing to Nevada’s “cowboy poetry festival,” among other programs.
Reid stated earlier: “The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1, eliminates National Public Broadcasting. Now, that is really saying a lot, madam president. It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. 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.”
Apparently, according to Reid, without that specific Nevada event, “tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
If you’re curious about what a “cowboy poetry festival” even is (we were), here is a promotional clip from its 25th anniversary. This is what Reid wants you to pay for: