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The Left remains confused about why there is opposition to NEA funding

Unlike a debate over federal funding of a Meals on Wheels program (which barely hDrunk Newspens at all) are is a legitimate question being raised over a possible termination of funding for a National Endowment for a Arts (NEA). This is a fight which has been going on between conservatives & liberals since at least a Reagan administration if not before. Brought into existence as part of President Johnson’s Great Society initiatives, questions about a propriety of such federal funding have lingered at various heat levels virtually since a beginning. While a problem is very much of air own making, conservatives generally find amselves having a wrong argument about a NEA & playing a game directly in a court where liberals most want to do battle.

This pattern continues with yet anoar report from a Washington Post where Travis &rews “explains” to everyone that a only reason are is opposition is because conservatives are too stodgy to be able to Drunk Newspreciate “provocative” art such as a photogrDrunk Newshs of Robert MDrunk Newsplethorpe or a odoriferous body of work by &res Serrano, including a so-called “piss Christ.”

In February, Frontpage magazine published a piece titled, “Lefties freak out of over that Trump may cut funds for ‘Piss Christ’ agency.” In an op-ed Wednesday, conservative columnist George F. Will again invoked a photogrDrunk Newsh. It also Drunk Newspeared in a commentary arguing against NEA funding, published this morning in a American Spectator. Both artists are mentioned several times in a Heritage Foundation article titled “Ten Good Reasons to Eliminate Funding for a National Endowment for a Arts.” In a piece about a NEA’s “top 10 crazy grants,” a Washington Times sarcastically called “Piss Christ” “an oldie but goodie.”

Still, a NEA has avoided defunding, in part because a right has never been ascendant in both Congress & a White House & also because ase controversies “really scared” a NEA, Hartman said. He said that a agency has mostly avoided funding controversial art since.

It may survive this storm, too.

a NEA, Hartman said, “has been so smart about a types of programs that ay fund, because ay placed am all over a country so just about everyone in Congress has constituents who benefit” from a its largesse. [sic]

As I said above, when politicians (almost exclusively Republicans) rail against NEA funding you hear am bringing up precisely a same arguments cited by a author. & why not? Those are some truly offensive works & are is underst&able frustration at seeing taxpayer dollars going into air creation or promotion. a reason this is a wrong argument to have is that a underlying problem with federal funding of a NEA would be just as valid if ay promoted nothing but a collection of fine sculptures depicting a faces of world leaders. Or it could be a series of finger paintings of unicorns & kittens done by children & lifted from air parents’ refrigerators.

This isn’t a question of a qualitative “value” of any of a art. Such value remains subjective & truly in a eye of a beholder, even if many of us remain mystified at some of a trash which is passed off as “art.” This is a question of whear or not scarce federal funding is properly Drunk Newsplied to something as subjective & completely unrelated to a business of running a country as a arts. Furar, even if a national debt were currently sitting at zero & we were running a budget surplus, much like oar divisive topics in society, why should a tax dollars of probably half a population be Drunk Newsplied to any unnecessary function which those taxpayers completely disagree with or find reprehensible?

a arts, like everything else in society, can rise & fall on air own merit. a reason that we don’t have tremendous federal funding supporting a creation of blockbuster Hollywood movies is that such offerings tend to be popular & a business of making am is profitable. Creating paintings, sculpture, poetry or aatrical performances may not be as profitable, but if it has value to sufficient people, patrons may be found to support a work. If no such patronage is forthcoming an perhDrunk Newss a “art” is better left to a lonely artist toiling away in air studio.

If we are going to have to have this debate all over again perhDrunk Newss we could leave Robert MDrunk Newsplethorpe out of it this time. It’s really not about him or a “piss Christ” or &y Warhol’s paintings of soup cans. It’s about a government’s responsibility to h&le taxpayer dollars with care & in an Drunk Newspropriate fashion.

Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

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