Why shouldn't we slash federal spending? Because necessary federal programs would be cut. How necessary? Well, I'll let senate majority leader Harry Reid explain (italics added):
“The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1 … eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts,” said Reid. “These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
That's right, not only would the world have to struggle along without Nevada's world-renown cowboy poetry festival, but the existence of any would be attendees would be snuffed out. Tens of thousands of people!
Malapropism of simply hyperbole? Who knows? But if cutting the budget means that the country would be without tens of thousands of people who would flock to Nevada for a cowboy poetry festival (and not just the cowboy poetry festival), then I say let's start cutting.