Video: Pence strangely reluctant to ride to cowboy poetry’s rescue

posted at 2:55 pm on March 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s face it — Harry Reid’s paean to federal subsidies for cowboy poetry is the easiest bronc in the rodeo for conservatives to ride. Mike Pence gets his eight seconds and more in this interview with Martha McCallum on Fox News this morning.  Pence blasts the funding of public broadcasting as well as “cowboy poetry” in an era of trillion-dollar deficits, and commits the GOP caucus to ending them — especially after one of the main recipients got caught on tape saying that they were unnecessary:

Even if we were running budget surpluses, the federal government still shouldn’t waste taxpayer funds on anachronisms like “public broadcasting” and on non-essentials like funding for the arts.  If Nevadans want to subsidize a cowboy poetry festival, then let them cowboy up and authorize the funding for it.  A cowboy poetry festival in Nevada doesn’t benefit taxpayers in Minnesota or Ohio, just as a lutefisk festival here (perish the thought) wouldn’t benefit Florida or California.  In an era of proliferation in media outlets and vast commercial innovation in the market, the government shouldn’t provide subsidies for one news outlet that competes with all of the rest — and a real news outlet wouldn’t want government funding in the first place.

It’s time put the notion that anything valuable in life deserves federal funding or even qualifies for federal jurisdiction out to pasture.  Let’s hope the cowpokes in the GOP can stay on that bronc to the bell.

Update: Townhall’s Greg Hengler does a little editing to demonstrate how NPR’s public statements match up with its private conversations. Note near the end where Besty Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, exclaims “I like it!” when the ersatz activists proclaim that they appreciate NPR’s pro-Palestinian coverage so much they call it “National Palestinian Radio.” Any word on Liley’s status at NPR?

Update II: It was Martha McCallum, not Megyn Kelley.  My apologies for the error.


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Ed Morrissey is on fire today!

Thanks, again!

ajacksonian on March 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Cowboy poetry … Brokeback Mountain?

Tony737 on March 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Any word on Liley’s status at NPR?

I believe I saw in an article this morning that she’s been placed on administrative leave.

Doughboy on March 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Planned Parenthood is a bigger waste of our money

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Nearly Nobody on March 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Cowboy poetry … Brokeback Mountain?

Tony737 on March 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Brokeback Mountain of Debt.

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to be poets

innominatus on March 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

We have to save it!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpapdB-bCFI

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM

It was Teed up so well by Dingy Harry, you have to ask is he somehow setting up the Republicans. I can’t see how funding for Cowboy Poetry could be a trap, but who knows.

At the same time, Dingy Harry is one of the dumbest men in America. It is odd that some people on the left might consider him an “intellectual”. One could say the same thing about Pelosi, lol.

jeffn21 on March 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM

“… in this interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News this morning.”

How many “Megyn Kelly”s does FOX have…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I absolutly love cowboy poetry. But that does not mean I support using tax dollars to support it in any way.

MikeA on March 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Or Martha.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The GOP cut a $100 billion?

When did that happen?

They defunded ObamaCare?

ObamaCare funding still in place in new budget?
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/21/obamacare-funding-still-in-place-in-new-budget/

sharrukin on March 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Where is Slim Whitman when we need him?

(Cowboy) yodeling offends muslims.

“It was not my intention to imitate or insult them. I simply started to yodel a few tunes because I was in such a good mood” the man told the newspaper today.

http://www.austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2010-11-29/28753/Yodelling_offends_praying_Muslims,_say_judges

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Harry Reid is a whore who’s against harlots.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Mike Pence gets his eight seconds and more in this interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News this morning

I see what you did there, Ed.

BTW, “Cowboy Poetry” is a great name for a band or album.

Vyce on March 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

How many “Megyn Kelly”s does FOX have…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Ed calls all the blond ones “Megyn Kelly”…

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Dingy Harry’s cowboy roots are curious
Pence rips NPR’s comments as spurious
Unless there’s a change
Our home on the range
Is saddled with debt that will bury us

sleepy-beans on March 9, 2011 at 3:22 PM

“lutefisk”: Doesn’t that stuff stink like rotten fish?

ExpressoBold on March 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

If Nevadans want to subsidize a cowboy poetry festival, then let them cowboy up and authorize the funding for it.

Buckle up
WTF
Nevadans for Harry
Cowboys for poetry
A turd with they put up

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Apparently, there is nothing that the government is funding that we can’t live without. We need to send cops door to door and relieve folks of all their cash while seizing all bank accounts so we can afford all this vital stuff necessary for our survival. Perhaps we should invade China and capture all of our IOU’s.

cartooner on March 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Cowboy poetry!. Will Girlie Man Arnold be there telling stories.

hawkman on March 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Where is Slim Whitman when we need him?

(Cowboy) yodeling offends muslims.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

You’re right! I saw Mars Attacks!

cartooner on March 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Really wish Pence was running for Pres 2012.

publiuspen on March 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Harry Reid is a whore who’s against harlots.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM.
.
Harry like all dems wants to eliminate competition and have a closed shop,no freelancin’ allowed.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Brokeback Mountain of Debt.

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Brokeback America

faraway on March 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Brokeback America

faraway on March 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Fixed.

CurtZHP on March 9, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Cowboy Haiku? Now, that deserves some federal funding!

Kafir on March 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Time to eliminate $1 bills, too.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a formal proposal to the Treasury and Federal Reserve noting that if it eliminated the $1 bill and replaced it with the $1 coin, the country could save roughly $5.5 billion during the next 30 years.

Fallon on March 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

just as a lutefisk festival here (perish the thought) wouldn’t benefit Florida

The hell it wouldn’t! I’m in!

John Deaux on March 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM

just as a lutefisk festival here (perish the thought) wouldn’t benefit Florida or California.

Could we just have a virtual festival please?

OkieDoc on March 9, 2011 at 3:59 PM

There once was a cowpoke named Pence,
Who was watching alongside the fence.
In the ring there was Schiller,
Her remarks career-killer.
Mike Pence says, “That don’t make no sense.”

Abby Adams on March 9, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Harry is on a roll this week!! Targetting prostitution and trying to save the cowboy Poet.

Stern: “Take it easy Charlie… I got an angle”

Koa on March 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Dingy Harry fancies a cowboy hat
While Schiller removes his NPR hat
NPR hates the Jew
No funding for you!
Vivian is simply an Asshat

sleepy-beans on March 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Really wish Pence was running for Pres 2012.

publiuspen on March 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

So true. IMO there is absolutely nobody better.

joepub on March 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to be poets

innominatus on March 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

What is your problem with poetry? Or cowboys? They should be able nto earn money for themselves. I get the opposition to waste and Federal promotion. In fact all such waste should stop NOW. But I won’t want my babies to not pursue poetry if they have the talent or want for it.

antisocial on March 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

The Dingy one fancies a cowboy hat
Schiller decries racists, sans NPR hat
NPR hates teh Jew
“No funding for you!”
Alas, Vivian is simply an a$$hat

sleepy-beans on March 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Let the Dems shut down the government….then rub their faces in it!

GarandFan on March 9, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Last year while online searching interesting and inexpensive Utah tourist destinations off the beaten track, I came across a small, privately funded and privately organized Cowboy Poetry Festival to be held along the undeveloped shore of the Great Salt Lake. It seemed like an interesting event for history and outdoor buffs. While the kids were growing up, we enjoyed some retreats to dude ranches, one of which featured nightly campfires with an old cowboy who sang all the old songs from yesteryear and told the old tales from that region. None of these events were sponsored by tax subsidies that inevitably dishevel the competitive field, playing favorites never on merit since political corruption determines which event/sponsors receive tax funded grants or subsidies, leaving other organizations high and dry. Best not to fund anything, and leave business private.

And speaking of private business, I read a disturbing article with comments from Britain this morning. The so-called “democratic socialists” are preparing shortly to disrupt governance in the six democratic-socialist nations including England, France, Sweden and Italy in the same fashion as is occurring in the Middle Eastern Muslim nations today. Riots are being organized now to take place shortly. Their expectations of what any bank’s role is dumbfounds anyone with sense, as if the bank’s job is to dish out money to everyone regardless of earnings or personal investments, as if there’s no such thing as required collateral to being “awarded” bank loans on any whim. And their sentiments regarding Americans, even socialist Americans, are extremely negative, nothing positive. Their vocabulary for us doesn’t even register logically when submitted through Bing.

maverick muse on March 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I loved the look on Pence’s face while shaking his head. His expression seems to say; See what I have to put up with these looney tunes.

Done That on March 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Update II: It was Martha McCallum, not Megyn Kelley. My apologies for the error.

I’d like to be stranded on a desert island with either one of them…

radjah shelduck on March 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Cowboys no longer have to worry about health insurance so instead of roping, branding, herdin’ cattle, they can have poetry feastivals. Good Lord, John Wayne is crying.

hip shot on March 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Let’s face it — Harry Reid’s paean to federal subsidies for cowboy poetry is the easiest bronc in the rodeo for conservatives to ride.

It’s only a couple dollars, there’s fun music, and a pole through the horse as it goes around in a circle… it’s not a bronc in the rodeo; it’s a ride designed for children Ed. :)

gekkobear on March 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Good Lord, John Wayne is crying.

Hardly.

…”and you still keep going on.”

maverick muse on March 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I wish he would run for president in 2012 as well.

Philly on March 9, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Cowboah Pohitrih? Gotta’ support all the baards singin’ to theyah hosses and th’ cattle, afte’ all.

njcommuter on March 9, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Mike Pence for President!

Business professionals of Tulsa

Mark7788 on March 9, 2011 at 9:56 PM

REAL Cowboy Poets, i.e., Baxter Black, don’t need no stinkin’ fedral gubmint “endowment for the arts” handouts to get by. He’s a “large animal veterinarian” by trade (and a damn good one at that) and as much as I love cowpokes and John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and Riders In The Sky, etc. etc., the government has no business wasting tax dollars to support any of it. If it’s good, cowboy fans such as myself will seek it out in the free marketplace where it belongs.

bannedbyhuffpo on March 10, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Comma ti yi yipee yipee yea, yipee yea
Comma ti yi yippe ippe yea.

bannedbyhuffpo on March 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM