The National Endowment For The Arts Must Not Be Abolished !
The National Endowment For the Arts was founded in 1965 by President LBJ , and has never been without controversy . There are conservatives who are outraged because it supposedly takes much needed money out of the pockets of poor , hard-working people to support obscene and indecent art . You know , photographic exhibits of sado-masichistic sex , cricifixes submerged in urine and all that .
To these outraged conservatives, the government has no business robbing good, decent god-fearing American to promote such indecent stuff . It's typical of liberal tax- and- spend , waste vital government funds , undermine public morality , elitist projects . The NEA has got to be abolished . The late North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms was at the forefront of this movement , which was typical of his ignorant philistinism .
In researching this post , I found an article at the website of the Heritage foundation , which rehashes all the phony arguments against the NEA . Here are ten reasons why it should be abolished : 1 The arts have more than enough support without it . Really ? Then why are so many of our great symphony orchestras and opera companies struggling to stay alive ? 2 It's "Welfare for cultural elitists ". Really ? Since when have our symphony orchestras and opera companies tried to exclude people ? 3 It discourages charitable gifts to the arts . You've got to be kidding . What evidence do you have for this ? 4.It lowers the quality of US art . Don't make me laugh . How does it do this ? 5 It continues to fund pornography . Oh come on . If you don't like certain art works, don't go to where they're being shown . Nobody is forcing you to go there . 6 It promotes "politically correct art ". What the heck is that ? Where have you seen it ?7 It wastes resources . You've got to be kidding!. The government takes less than a dollar from each taxpayer every year to support the arts . US military bands have a larger budget ! 8 It's beyond reform . How so ? And how should it be reformed ? 9 Abolishing the NEA will proive that the US government is willing to eliminate wasteful spending . Less than a dollar a year . How appallingly wasteful ! 10 The NEA disturbs the US tradition of limited government . Sure. Conservatives are furious that the US government takes less than a dollar out of each taxpayer a year to fund the arts, while it has wasted over a trillion dollars to support a futile and catastrophic war in Iraq .
The NEA has recently appointed the famous Braodway producer Rocco Landesmann as its new head , and the Obama administration is showing signs of wanting to increase funding , but it remains to be seen what will be done to keep our great orchestras and opera companies out of harm's way . But the Orlando opera in Florida , the Connecticut opera, the Baltimore opera and Opera Pacific in California have gone under, the Phoenix Symphony in Arizona could be gone any day now, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic has been forced to curtail its concert season . And that's just the tip of the iceberg .
An enormous number of gifted and dedicated musicians and arts administrators are at risk of losing their jobs . Is this right ? Is it a good thing ? If private donations could provide more help it would be wonderful , but that just isn't happening . Something has to be done about this deplorable situation .