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Sarah Palin trashes National Endowment for the Arts

March 16, 2011 |  2:58 pm

Palin JUSTIN LANE EPA Television commentator and half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin trashed the National Endowment for the Arts recently, describing the agency as "frivolous" in a Thursday interview on a Fox News talk show.

"NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn't be in the business of funding with tax dollars -- those should all be on the chopping block as we talk about the $14-trillion debt that we're going to hand to our kids and our grandkids," Palin told right-wing host Sean Hannity. "Yes, those are the type of things that for more than one reason need to be cut."

Palin did not elaborate on what the other reasons might be for chopping the NEA budget. But the government of every major civilization in world history has also prominently funded the arts.

The comment about the NEA came during a discussion of the ailing U.S. economy. Palin is certainly conversant with frivolous activity, but her grasp of the economy is weak.

Debt reduction would barely be affected by penciling out the small federal arts agency, which currently operates on a $161-million annual budget. Palin's support of a federal subsidy for the notorious "bridge to nowhere" in her state became a campaign issue when she ran for vice president on the 2008 Republican ticket. That local project carried a price tag of $223 million.

"Reality is we have 15 million Americans who are out of work," said Palin. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry supports 5.7 million jobs and generates $166.2 billion in annual economic activity, according to Americans for the Arts. The NEA is one linchpin in that sizable economy.

In the interview Palin made no statement advocating similar budget cuts to her home state as she recommended for the NEA, which is also in the cross hairs of Washington's Republican leadership. Palin's Alaska gets $1.84 in federal spending for every dollar its citizens pay in federal taxes.

 

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Photo: Sarah Palin. Credit: Justin Lane / EPA


 
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Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's entertainment?

Gee, Sarah, perhaps we wouldn't have such a steep debt if your Republican friends hadn't given billions of dollars of tax cuts to the nation's wealthiest earners (aka potential political contributors). Just a thought.
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But by all means, let's cut out arts education and assistance to the struggling middle class and the poverty-stricken. Way to go, right wingers!

trailer trash

Actually woof-woof, one cannot sell anything without someone else buying.

We the Government (of, by, for, etc.) are selling treasuries, that is safe, secure financial assets. We the People, are buying them, in order to earn the interest.

Granted, reality is slightly more complicated, since the interest is currently quite low, and fewer of We the People can afford to save (buy assets) then anytime in the last 50 years. Also, a number of buyers are non-US-nationals, representing capital inflows to the US.

Still, you are dumb as dirt if you can't understand that US debt held by the public is an asset to We the People, and a liability only to our public treasury. Have you noticed the treasury running out of dollars lately? I think not.

The US is the richest country in the history of riches and countries, precisely because of our ability to carry indefinitely our large, public, dollar-denominated debt.

That woman is frivolous so if she's against it then I'm for it.

Pleae Todd, take her home and get her away from us. We can't take much more her airheadedness.

I beg of America: PLEASE stop giving this no-brained imbecile one more second of our time. She represents the absolute lowest common denominator and unfortunately, the ignorant will listen to her.

Does this idiot realize that if the government stops funding for these programs it won't bring back jobs for those 15 million Americans who need them. It will put more people out of a job because their work will have been destroyed. And anyway, the arts are how people escape from dark times. Although I am biased on this situation (I'm a vocal performance major at the Westminster Choir College) there are many people who aren't musicians who will vouch for the arts.

"the government of every major civilization in world history has also prominently funded the arts." And there is your answer, all those governments failed or will. Nothing else to say except that it is our choice to fail or not just as it was for all those who failed before us.

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Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's entertainment?

Posted by: Tom | March 16, 2011 at 08:16 PM

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Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's war
Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's sports staidium
Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's bridge to nowhere
Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's military
Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's .......
Tell me again why my tax dollars should fund someone else's........

When do we stop

Responding to:

"But the government of every major civilization in world history has also prominently funded the arts."
-Every world civilisation in history has ultimately failed also, collapsing under the weight of fiscal irresponsibility and burgeoning bureaucracy.

Posted by: Cody Young | March 16, 2011 at 07:42 PM
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It wasnt the funding of the arts that caused the fiscal irresponsibility and bureaucracy

I thank she's right and we have to start someware

Of course she wants to get rid of spending for the arts. Why not spend those tax dollars on housing marijuana offenders in prison and on the ridiculously large military budget?

The Left is right, Sarah's no Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid or Barrack Obama!

Yes, by all means, let's get rid of these programs and hand down ignorance and polution to our children and grandchildren.

She's right, the NEA needs to be trashed. The government has no business funding art, not to mention hundreds of other things.

It's always something with her. She simply doesn't have enough laundry to do. She needs whiter whites and brighter brights. Stubborn stains!

This is disgusting.

Well, Sarah Palin seems to be totally nuts.

Republicans are so COLD....I am a elementary school teacher here in LA that teaches dance to kids, who just lost her job. Quite honestly, it is the only class kids really love and enjoy! Yeah, just cut the arts....that won't solve a thing. All republicans can do is steal from the poor, destroy people's heart and souls (arts, culture), and give to the rich. I still can't understand why anyone votes for these people!

Palin left Alaska with a $2 billion surplus, I repeat, TWO BILLION DOLLARS! Meanwhile, President Smartest Guy in the Room plows through money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, and will leave your great-grandkids to foot the bill!

 
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