March 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

Americans' voluntary contributions to arts organizations ("arts/culture/humanities" institutions reaped $17 billion in 2015) dwarf the NEA's subventions, which would be replaced if those who actually use the organizations -- many of them supported by state- and local-government arts councils -- are as enthusiastic about them as they claim to be. The idea that the arts will wither away if the NEA goes away is risible. Distilled to its essence, the argument for the NEA is: Art is a Good Thing, therefore a government subsidy for it is a Good Deed. To appreciate the non sequitur, substitute "macaroni and cheese" for "art."-- George Will
Art Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at March 16, 2017 10:50 AM

But isn't art a "basic human right?" One can be forgiven for drawing that conclusion, at least.

Posted by: johngalt at March 16, 2017 3:41 PM

You mean, a fundamental human right, like Big Bird?

Posted by: jk at March 16, 2017 4:23 PM

Something like that.

And "Democracy NOW!"

Posted by: johngalt at March 16, 2017 6:48 PM

Hey if art is a fundamental human right, I'm pretty sure my vaulting is an art. And there's a beautiful Oldenburg yearling colt up in Canada and hes only 11K. Pretty sure we NEED that colt. :-)

Posted by: dagny at March 17, 2017 3:47 PM

Heh, and four or five more like him no doubt.


"Need" is much different in the eye of the holder than the eye of the want-er.

Posted by: johngalt at March 17, 2017 3:50 PM

I found an article that found the salaries of the NPR folks we're so used to hearing (even me, who stopped listening to NPR ages ago).
Steve Inskeep: $355k base
Michelle Norris: $265k
Robert Siegel: $322 in 2010-2011.

Cry me a river over budget cuts, just don't get the shoes wet! I'll post that to FB when their "number" hits the news which will be no-doubt faithfully parroted by my liberal friends.

Posted by: nanobrewer at March 17, 2017 4:39 PM

Seriously? Those are like POTUS level salaries. (Or mayors of small California towns.) What gives?

Posted by: johngalt at March 18, 2017 5:22 PM | What do you think? [7]