I May Actually Be Happy That Harry Reid Got Re-Elected

Really.  The Democrats could not have picked a more incompetent tone-deaf  Senate Majority Leader if they tried.  Well, maybe they could.  But Harry Reid is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Last week, he was whining that the mean-spirited Republicans would wreck a cowboy poetry festival in Elko, Nevada if the de-funded the National Endowment for the Humanities, thereby illustrating the Republicans’ point.  I like cowboy poetry festivals as much as the next guy — meaning I didn’t really know there was such a thing — but they really don’t seem to be pressing case for government intervention.  The country should get along (git along?) just fine if they have to self-fund.

Now Hot Air brings us video Reid extolling the virtues of public broadcasting in a blathering comment about learning the origins of the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska.  He bungled it, so maybe Reid should call Sarah or Todd Palin for a refresher. 

But anyway, if that’s the best example Reid can come up with, he is merely emphasizing that the world will go on even if, as is unlikely, denial of federal funding for public broadcasting results in its demise.

Reid also calls the House vote to defund NPR a vote to “ban public radio.”  Not so much, Harry.  Not providing taxpayer dollars to  fund something is not the same as banning it.  It just means someone else — presumably NPR’s listeners or advertisers — will have to fund the whole thing. 

Say, for example, the government refuses to fund a few cocktails for Mrs. Hound and me this evening.  Fortunately, this does not mean the feds have repealed the 21st Amendment.  It just means that I have to foot the bill, or, God forbid, go without.

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

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