World Premiere! The Ballad of Harry Reid 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says "thousands of people would not exist" were it not for the Cowboy Poetry Festival held every year in northern Nevada and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities I never knew NEH created people by sponsoring poety slams, but maybe Reid knows something the rest of us don't!

In any case, Reid's Senate floor speech bewailing those mean, old Republicans' plan to cut NEH funding inspired conservative activist and media theorist Jon Henke to write a poem of his own, and he even put it to "setting-appropriate music," as they might say in NPR:

So here for the first time ever, is "The Ballad of Harry Reid (AKA: Spendin' Spendin' Spendin')," by Jon Henke:

Sung to this tune.

Keep taxin', taxin', taxin',

Though the House is axein'

Keep them taxes spendin'


Big deficits whenever,

Cowboy poems forever,

Wishin' the House was on our side.

All the money we're missin',

The spendin' they are dissin',

Are waiting on the Senate side.

Move 'em on, head 'em up,

Head 'em up, move 'em out,

Move 'em on, head 'em out


Keep spendin', spendin', spendin',

Though the recession's endin',

Keep those taxpayers bendin'


Don't try to understand 'em,

Just rope and throw and tax 'em,

Soon we'll be living high and wide.

Boy my campaign's calculatin'

My earmark will be waitin'

be waiting at the end of my ride.


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