ART CARNEY, MAYBE
We are losing the entertainment and inspiration we need more than ever during this terribly scary time.
Get a grip, man.
As we try to rebuild America’s image abroad, we are losing our most potent goodwill ambassadors.
It’s bad form to bash Bush and conservatives while demanding money from them, old chap.
As we reshape our economy, we are losing the organizations that teach our children to think creatively.
How ’bout some creative thinking about fund-raising instead of running to the government?
And as we celebrate the diversity of our nation, we are losing the voices that have traditionally helped change society’s thinking.
What if the change in thinking we need is the knee-jerk urge to go on the dole?
The arts in the United States provide 5.7 million jobs and account for $166 billion in economic activity annually. This sector is at serious risk.
He’s right in this regard; there is no principled reason to bailout some industries and not all of them.
But thousands of organizations, and the state of America’s arts ecology, are in danger.
“Ecology”? Is that like “Global Arts Warming”? It’s an “epidemic”!
We need an emergency grant for arts organizations in America, and we need legislation that allows unusual access to endowments. Washington must encourage foundations to increase their spending rates during this crisis, and we need immediate tax breaks for corporate giving.
As we print billions of dollars in bailout money, isn’t it time to ensure that we are saving our soul as well as our economy?
Jesus, not government, saves souls, and for free. While he’s right about printing money, he’s just another pirate who wants his cut.
Ol’ Mapplethorpe missed out. He could have gotten two federal bailouts today; one as an artist, the other as a buggy-whip manufacturer.
I supported the first half of the first bail-out–but once the banks stabilized, it should have stopped. I supported it because banks function as a public utility on which all other businesses depend–and because the Gummint helped melt them down by ordering them to produce the impossible, a Free Lunch.
Now we’ve evidently decided that the way out of this mess is not just the Free Lunch, but Free Breakfasts, Dinners, Brunches, Between Meal Snacks and Midnight Raids on the Treasury. Good luck with that new diet, fatso.
There is no Free Lunch and there are no free symphonies. And when everything is made into a government program, symphonies must compete with potholes, battleships, midnight basketball and that performance art-lady who pours chocolate on her body as she “changes the way society thinks” and “rebuilds America’s image abroad”. I don’t know about you, but I’m suddenly thirsty for a chocolate malted.
If you pay for it, that is.
Will Rogers used to ask “Stupidity got us into this mess–why can’t stupidity get us out?”
Unlimited Government got us into this mess–and Unlimited Government stupidity is going to keep us there until we either wise up or go down the drain.
After all, bailouts are only for sinking ships.