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Monday, January 24, 2011

First Things Last...

Jan 24th, 2011

The LA Times ran with news today of looming Republican slash and burn proposals for the arts. Early in the piece is this:

"Any way you want to describe it, the Republican Study Committee, made up of about 165 GOP members of the House of Representatives, on Thursday announced a budget-cutting plan aimed at slashing federal spending, and it calls for the elimination of the nation's two leading makers of government arts grants: the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities."

What's buried at the very end of the article is this:

"A small federal investment that's important to the health of the nonprofit arts sector helps sustain its 5.7 million jobs and the $30 billion in annual returns to federal, state and local coffers that those workers pay in taxes.”

What's a direct threat to 5.7 million jobs, give or take, when you have a chance to strike a blow against culture?

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