Taxpatrons Of The Arts
I love cultchuh, and I pay for the cultchuh I go to see — which is how it should be. If you’re a NASCAR girl, why should you be forced to pay for the ballet?
Well, because Obama says you should, and never mind that it’ll have to go on the national credit card, which is already so over its limit, we’re all eventually going to be working as houseservants for the Chinese. Mike Boehm writes in the LAT:
President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, released Monday, calls for a 5% increase in spending for three cultural grantmaking agencies and three Washington, D.C., arts institutions.
Obama aims to boost outlays from $1.501 billion to $1.576 billion, encompassing the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art.
The arts and humanities endowments each would get a 5.5% boost, to $154.255 million — nearly restoring cuts announced in December. But if Congress approves the president’s proposal for the fiscal year that begins in October 2012, the NEA and NEH will still be well short of the $167.5 million each was set to receive before two separate rounds of cuts instigated by Congressional Republicans during 2011.