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Just another example of wasted tax dollars. If we can't cut funding for this type of nonsense, then there is no hope of getting out of our debt.
Arts is one of the big exports. Better here than more tax breaks for the Romneys of the world.
It takes hard work and discipline to obtain $16 Trillion of debt. This is a fine example.
To the ones making negative comments about the arts: Perhaps if you would expand your horizons a little bit, the world would be a better place. Think about it...
If art is your means of earning a living, it should be funded by sales of your art or by donations. Uncle Sam can not afford to make every ones' dreams come true for them. Can you say fiscal cliff? This may not be a huge sum of money, but add up all the other feel good programs and you'll begin to get the picture.
What wonderful recognition of our talented and diverse arts community! We are lucky to have so many organizations in town providing such a variety of artistic expressions. Congratulations especially to Mixed Blood!
I'm paraphrasing here, but I think it was Carl Sagan who said that if we could unearth one new play by Sophocles previously regarded as forever lost, its historical and cultural value would be worth more than all the tax records of ancient Rome... Simply, the culture we create and the art that comes from it is the only true legacy we leave behind. It will stand as the final measure of who we are.
I think it would make a little more sense to criticize arts spending if one also criticized the billions of subsidies to already wealthy corporations.
Get rid of all subsidies and stop creating FALSE markets dependent on hand outs.
The arts are not the cause of our defecits It is the military. We spend more than almost all the rest of the world combined. When you take into account our population size each American is spending something like 1000 times as much as individuals in the rest of the world on our military.
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