Palin and the Arts

The Federal budget and cutting it has been a hot topic in the news lately.  Sarah Palin has chimed in recently with controversial comments.  According to Ms. Palin: “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.”

Really?

The arts equal innovation and ingenuity.  America is producing less products today; therefore, we have to be competitive and leader in a global market.  Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Lucas Arts and Pixar are headquartered in the San Francisco area.  Without the arts, where would these profitable American based companies be?

Cutting the arts isn’t key to solving the budget’s problems.  For example, Sarah’s Palin’s home state of Alaska gets $1.84 back for every $1 sent into Federal taxes.  Imagine if the state of CA got a $1.84 for every $1.  Currently, CA gets $.78 back for every Federal tax dollar.

We need the arts more than ever.  American needs innovation and creativity to compete in a global market.  I want to see the United States continue to be the birthplace of technology.

Let’s invest, invent, and innovate….

The Links:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/03/palin-trashes-national-endowment-for-the-arts.html

http://www.artsusa.org/information_services/research/services/economic_impact/default.asp

http://www.usaliveheadlines.com/2215/a-revealing-infographic-shows-where-federal-tax-dollars-come-from.htm

 

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