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  • Do It For the Cowboy Poets?

    What’s the Cowboy Poetry Festival? As Townhall.com’s Guy Benson learned from Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), it’s a federally funded event without which the “tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.” Senator Reid made these remarks on the floor of the Senate while opposing the cuts to the National Endowment of the Humanities and National Endowment of the Arts. To his credit, the Senator did not bring props as Rep. Jeff Markey (D-MA) did when he invited a giant Arthur the Aardvark to a Capitol Hill press conference.

    But while these remarks are amusing, they simply illustrate the larger problem—there are far too many legislators in Washington so wedded to big government that they will go to ridiculous extremes to avoid making even the tiniest of cuts. As The Congressional Budget Office announced yesterdayFebruary marked the biggest monthly deficit in history—a whopping $223 billion. And Senator Reid is balking over $22 million in cuts to the NEH?

    We are at a crucial crossroads in our country’s history. This is why Heritage has identified major spending cuts, urgent reforms, and a host of other solutions. We need serious leadership that will tackle the problems we face, not duck the hard choices.

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    3 Responses to Do It For the Cowboy Poets?

    1. Bobbie says:

      Guess what cowboy? It's an unbelievable waste! Without government influence, people could decide for themselves at their own expense, cowboy. Lots more to cut. Haven't seen you break a sweat! How about it cowboy? Let's see some significant cuts to your man-made national waste!

    2. West Texan says:


      Please don't insult cowboys by including Harry Reid as one. This is the first time I've heard of taxpayer dollars funding the Cowboy poetry event. My only guess is Reid paid off the northeastern town of Elko with an earmark. Although I don't normally attend these events, they're really interesting affairs with performers from across the nation and Canada. We just had our cowboy gathering here in Alpine, Texas. Popular country entertainers have been known to participate as well. I'll need to learn more about this federal funding part as it's news to me.

    3. Bobbie says:

      My apologies, West! I am embarrassed by including a less of a man who could never live up to the standards of a cowboy. I'm totally sorry for not thinking before writing, Wasted effort in giving Harry something to think about. He just bums me out with his view of people as incapable of handling their own affairs or making choices on their own within their own means. Not a good example of a cowboy. God Bless Texas! Never been there but I respect and admire the strength and patriotism in her people and the history endured that built her strength! Thanks for being a true Texan. West Texan.

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