The Trumpian war on the National Endowment for the Arts is simply despicable.
If he succeeds, our major art institutions in Utah will simply have to close
their doors. The Utah Symphony may possibly survive, but only if it increases
its already substantial ticket prices. Is this really what we want?
@joecaptialist2. "Please come up with something original for
once. With a $3 Trillion budget, it is very easy to cut expenses without a
complete meltdown of society""The government is about 3
times as big as it should be. I would start by cutting every budget about 10%
across the board. Then start eliminating stuff the government should not be
doing at all."You can't say you want you do not want to
throw grandma off a cliff and starve children when you clearly stated that the
government is three times too big. By your logic 2/3 of the budget would need to
be cut, which means you would be in favor of eliminating Social security,
medicare, and medicaid because there isn't simply enough expenditures
anywhere else in the budget to make a dent in it like you want. So
my original idea is that republicans are not living in reality. Their idea of
budget cuts to save the government money is akin to making 100k a year and
cutting $100 in spending. Also, do you have the exact numbers to how
many people(of legal age) who receive food stamps and do not work? If not you
are simply reciting unverified conservative talking points.
Shaun: "Are you willing to forgo all medicare and social security? Are you
more than willing to do away with medicaid for the for the poor? If you are, you
are in the minority, even for republicans."Of course I want to
throw grandma off a cliff and let millions of children go hungry. We all know
that is what everyone who wants to cut government spending secretly wishes.I hear that straw man trotted out every single time someone suggests we
get rid of some wasteful government program or even slow their rate of
growth.Want to deny Planned Parenthood tons of government cash
because they are the biggest abortion mill in the country? Then of course you
want poor women to never get a cancer screenings!Want to cut all
those bloated programs promoting radical environmentalism? Then you must want
everyone to die from polluted air and water!Want there to be some
kind of work requirement before people get food stamps? Then you must want
children to starve!Please come up with something original for once.
With a $3 Trillion budget, it is very easy to cut expenses without a complete
meltdown of society.
"....the real way to succeed as an arts organization is not to create a
product that attracts new audiences, but to create a product that pleases those
who dole out the free cash."==========This is one of many
excellent points by the always articulate Mr. Will.I heard the
ardently atheistic Penn Jillette articulate the exact same point in a TED
lecture when he decried the fact that the NEA, and by extension his tax-paying
and devoutly Christian parents, were essentially forced to fund so-called art,
like the picture by photographer Andres Serrano of a small statue of Christ
being crucified in a bottle the "artist's" urine. It incensed him
to know his parents, because of the confiscatory nature of taxes, could not
avoid being participants in "art" that was so offensive to them.I share his opinion.
@joecaptialist. Taxes have been steadily going down. So how can more and more
money be siphoned away from them?Are you willing to forgo all
medicare and social security? Are you more than willing to do away with medicaid
for the for the poor? If you are, you are in the minority, even for republicans.
The arts are just as worthy of government support as are grown men playing boys
games in government funded parks used only days a year for their pleasure, and
Shaun: "What exactly are you willing to give up to put a dent in the
budget?"A lot!!!The government is about 3 times as
big as it should be. I would start by cutting every budget about 10% across the
board. Then start eliminating stuff the government should not be doing at
all.That includes a lot of things that many Republicans are in favor
of.Naturally, the media will trot out a few people who are hurt by
budget cuts. When you throw a few $billion at anything, there will be some
deserving people who benefit along with all the waste, fraud, and abuse. They
will be negatively impacted when that goes away.What you will never
see in the media is the stories of the suffering on the other side of the
equation. All the struggling workers who see a bigger and bigger portion of
their earnings siphoned away to support the big government appetite.
@JoeCapitalist2.What exactly are you willing to give up to put a
dent in the budget? It seems a lot of republicans talk the talk but they are not
willing to make a sacrifice until someone else does it. Essentially
they want to complain about the problems but want to be forced not use any type
of government program. They will never voluntarily say yes I pay taxes for this
I am not going to use it because on principal I do not believe the government
should be involved.Republicans either need to lead or stay quiet.
@JoeCapitalist2"We have spent the last 8 years trying to starve the
military"We spend more than that next 9 countries combined on
the military and most of those 9 are allies. Our military is so bloated if it
were a person it'd be unfit for duty.
Joe,Starve the military? We already spend five times more than
anyone else in the world. Corporations have seen record profits no tears for
them. I thought we were making America great again not just enriching the
already wealthy. This budget is horrible for the average American. I noticed another weekend of golf in Florida, you guys would sure complaining
about the cost the government if that were President Obama doing that six out of
eight weekends in office.
The kind of mind who considers the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo's David,
Melville's Moby Dick, Puccini's La Boheme, or the ballet Giselle
"frills" is already an impoverished mind.
I read that it costs as much per-year to house and protect Melania in the New
York as it does to fund the arts. If we are going to claim to be
fiscally conservative, could we at least be consistent? Country over party!
If we are going to cut all the frills (who understands what art is anyway), then
at least can we include the true cost of war in the budget? I hear we are
preparing to fight in Korea, again.This is a cruel budget that sets
the tone of the direction of the country.
Fred44: "All this budget does is take out thing republicans don't
like..."So in other words, it is a mirror image of the budgets
under Obama. The party in power tries to funnel as much taxpayer dollars away
from things it doesn't like to things it does like.Nothing new
here. We have spent the last 8 years trying to starve the military, border
security, and corporations while shoveling tons of cash toward things like
abortion clinics, food stamps, and radical environmentalism. Now that the
election changed things, time to swing the pendulum the other way.The contest continues about which side can spend the most money on stuff the
government shouldn't be doing in the first place. Drain the swamp.
And how much do we need to spend on the military? The President says that other
countries need to step and carry their weight and yet we are going to add more
money to the military budget than Russia currently spends? Lots of military
contractors though that make major campaign contributions to Republicans. This
budget is going to destroy what is left of the middle class. All this budget
does is take out thing republicans don't like, pass the cost for things we
need to the states and let them raise our taxes while we cut taxes for the
wealthy at the federal level.
The free market should be allowed to reign. That is how art was supported for
thousands of generations. Although Kaiser Wilhelm II may have used tax money to
pay for art that aggrandized himself and his legacy, that is no reason for our
modern government to use tax dollars for art.
Anything that might benefit people or society is an unnecessary frill in Trump
Jong Un's new society of "Songun Chongch'i", or military
The arts express the artist and, when at their best, express the values of a
people. But they are also a commercial enterprise which should be
self-sustaining in the marketplace. Do the arts help the economy? Do
they warrant the consideration used to justify tax subsidies to large
corporations? For that matter, do large corporations deserve the type of tax
breaks and lucrative government contracts they are awarded? Is it even possible
to put a dollar value on what arts contribute to society?There are
no neat and tidy answers here, Mr. Will.
With the deficit as it is we dont need the federal government paying for frills.
This includes not only the NEA but also sending people to Mars.I do
appreciate the NEA though, they helped pay to make a delightful offbeat film ..
On Tokyo Time.Perhaps the private sector would pay toake such a
film, perhaps not.