Sunday, February 08, 2009

You Are Not a Real Person...No Pie for You!

The Coburn amendment that passed last night restricts the use of federal funding in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act from being used by those in the arts. The actual language states:

None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, arts center, or highway beautification project..

Rep Jack Kingston actually said in reference to giving money to the NEA: ”We have real people out of work right now and putting $50 million in the NEA and pretending that’s going to save jobs as opposed to putting $50 million in a road project is disingenuous.” (found on the createequity blog) Did you catch that? Real people. Artists aren’t real people our jobs don’t count.


Blogger Jo said...

Artists aren’t real people our jobs don’t count.

Well, in the minds of certain people, the arts aren't work, ergo artists are lazy latte-sipping sloths who don't work like "real Americans". Artists, musicians and the like are grasshoppers, living off the sweat of industrious ants.

They don't seem to understand that people who produce art have as much a right to a livelihood as anyone else, and that the free market doesn't support art any more than it supports farming (which requires heavy subsidies to remain competitive).

So basically, ditto.

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