Friday, March 11, 2011

Senator Harry Reid’s appeal—save cowboy poetry festival from the evil Republicans

Because Congress has not yet passed the fiscal year 2010-2011 budget, I am postponing my discussion on Congressional term limits until probably after March 18th when the present continuing resolution is set to expire. As you will recall, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 to complete the budget for this current year. That proposal cut spending by approximately 61 billion dollars plus it did not include new spending proposed by President Barack Hussein Obama. The Senate rejected that proposal by tabling it. I have not yet been able to find a vote on it. If I do, I will post the vote results.

The following has been in the news and the referenced video of Harry Reid’s comment is posted on youtube. I have, of course, provided a link to that video. It’s short but informative. What’s important to Harry Reid? What’s a priority to Harry Reid? Watch and shudder!


“Harry Reid attacks Republicans over Nevada cowboy poetry festival... yes, really
March 9th, 2011 3:08 pm MT

Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) thinks Nevada needs the Feds to pay for poetry, cowboy poetry that is.

Reid slammed the Republicans’ budget proposal on Tuesday, because it eliminates $50,000 of government money spent on a cowboy poetry festival in rural Elko, east of Reno, NV.

Ratcheting up his usual attack on all things Republican, Reid said, ‘The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1 (That’s right. This is the bill passed in the House of Representatives which finances the government for the remainder of the 2010-2011 fiscal year. That’s right; it’s this year’s budget in which we are already into the sixth month. That’s right. It’s the budget the Democrats failed to pass last year when they had a huge majority in both Houses!!!—my addition), eliminates National Public Broadcasting ... It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts ... 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.’

Well, Harry, we beg to differ. The people who attend the annual cowboy poetry festival would most certainly continue to exist, regardless of government funding. And if tens of thousands of people go to the festival, why does it need government help?

According to their website, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

is ‘a week-long celebration of life in the rural West, featuring the contemporary and traditional arts that arise from lives lived caring for land and livestock.’ The annual gathering takes place ‘in the small community of Elko, Nevada, which will overflow with thousands of cowboys and cowgirls, poets and musicians, artisans and scholars, rural people and city folks.’

Sounds like a real money maker there, as are many wonderful northern Nevada events

that manage to survive and even thrive without government intervention: the Great Reno Balloon Races, the Best in the West Rib Cookoff, the Reno Rodeo, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, the Eldorado Great Italian Festival, and dare we mention it, Burning Man.

Speaking of which, the annual Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert lasts 4 days, draws nearly 50,000 attendees, and charges a minimum of $300 per head. Burning Man officials report they’ve already pre-sold nearly 30,000 tickets to this year’s event, and their website accepts charge cards via PayPal.

Harry and his fellow Democrats don’t seem to understand that the federal government can no longer be expected to support events like the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which will have to take its cue from Burning Man and other great northern Nevada events: it’s time to ask for the support of private businesses, organizations, charitable groups (mentioned this week by Nevada Governor Sandoval) and, dare we say it, the attendees themselves.

So yes, Harry, the Republican plan would slash $57 billion from the budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, and that would include $50K for a cowboy poetry gathering in Elko.

If the cowboys want to hear poetry, they need to pony up to the bar and pay for it themselves, the way everyone else does.”

The video!

If the cowboy poetry festival would not exist if not for federal money, then, just perhaps, the DEMAND is not there to keep the festival going! I wonder if Harry Reid has any concept of supply and demand. I wonder if Harry Reid has any concept of the free enterprise system. I wonder if Harry Reid has any concept of how jobs are created and kept. By the way, it is NOT the purpose and/or responsibility of ANY government to create jobs and/or grow the economy!!!

If just spending money is such a great way to stimulate the economy, I have an idea he should love: “Give every legal, adult American citizen $100,000 each to spend as he/she wishes.” Won’t that generate spending and thus generate jobs? No, wait. The federal government HAS NO MONEY!!!

Just another obvious example of why it is time to TAKE BACK the NATION!!!