Harry Reid, Bellies Up To The Trough Again

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Porker of the Month for his absurd belief that a federally-funded Cowboy Poetry Festival in Elko, Nevada (pop. 17,000) constitutes essential government spending.  The festival receives a portion of its budget from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), whose $146 million budget was defunded under H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Resolution for fiscal year 2011, that Sen. Reid helped defeat in the Senate.  During a floor speech on March 8, 2011, Sen. Reid described the proposed termination as “mean-spirited,” stating that were it not for NEH’s federal money, the Cowboy Poetry Festival and “the tens of thousands of people who come there every year, would not exist.”  In response, Western Folklife Center Executive Director Charlie Seemann commented that NEH funds just 7 percent of the festival and that he and his fellow cowboys “could certainly continue if we lose that funding.”  For undervaluing the individual, entrepreneurial spirit that makes America great and believing that federal taxpayers should pay for everything, even those programs that can stand on their own, CAGW names Senate Majority Leader Reid the March Porker of the Month.

Read more about the Porker of the Month.

In tribute to Sen. Reid and the Cowboy Poetry Festival, CAGW has decided to try its hand at a bit of verse.  As Robert Frost wrote, “a poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong.”  So we begin.

Dollar’s Inferno

Midway upon the journey of his life,

Reid found himself in Washington, D.C.

Once there he gathered money from us all,

Convinced the world would call it charity.

Kubla Con

In Carson Mr. Reid began

To guzzle from the public trough;

Engorged with pork, each term he ran

With gifts to Special Interest Man,

Which ticked the taxpayers off.

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