My, oh my…it’s such fun to see news like this: in the 2005 budget proposal, there is an increase of $18 million for the National Endowment For The Arts. Yessir, I just knew there was a reason I liked Laura Bush. A quote from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
- Laura Bush played a significant role, personally announcing a $15 million touring program called American Masterpieces while at NEA offices last week.
“I am very pleased to announce the president’s strong support for this initiative and for the arts in this country,” the first lady said. “Through American Masterpieces, citizens will reconnect with our nation’s great artistic achievements and rich cultural heritage.”
Those folks at the Cato Institute must have steam comin’ outa their ears.
In fact, they do:
- “At a time when we face a $477 billion deficit and President Bush has called on Congress to restrain domestic discretionary spending, it is astounding that he would propose a double-digit increase in the budget for something as unnecessary as the National Endowment for the Arts,” said David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute. “If we can’t restrain spending on the arts bureaucracy in a time of budget crisis, no one can take the president’s rhetoric about spending restraint seriously.”
That’s ok, nobody takes the president’s rhetoric seriously anyway.
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)