posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 09:43 PM
A Fox News Source...well, we all see what angle this is coming from.
Let's see...the GOP doesn't have a leg to stand on right now so they are scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for anything they can use to do
their traditional mudslinging rather than come up with an original plan to redeem themselves in the eyes of the majority of the American populace.
Well, that's helpful GOP & Fox News. Nice to know that when the economy is in the dumps you're there to put differences aside and work to solve the
problem rather than look for excuses you can use for ammunition...oh wait...you are looking for excuses you can use for ammunition rather than putting
differences aside and working to solve problems.
Let's look at this rationally. Fox News is bickering over $50,000 in Government Funds out of $787,000,000,000.00 that was spent in this Stimulus, or
for the mathematically challenged, that's .00000000635%. That's even worse than bickering over the actual cash value of a coupon being 1/100th of a
cent! Or put into another perspective, kind of like complaining that out of the $5,000,000,000.00 we gave the CIA for Operations they spent $3176.00
(or .00000000635%) of that budget on Coffee!
It is not for any Government to micromanage it's Agencies. There has to be a certain level of trust. Congress can't constantly be asking the NSA and
the CIA and DHS whether they are using the funds they approved for them on Folgers in their respective Commissaries or on Organic Equal Exchange
Gourmet Coffee instead. You leave those kinds of decisions to the discretion of the individual Agencies to decide how they should use every minute
.00000000635% of their Budget.
And what was done here is no different. Congress isn't qualified to be making micromanagement decisions in the Arts. Some might think a Mel Gibson US
Patriot Memorial Film Festival would be a good use of funding for the Arts, while others might think that money would be better spent on the AK-47 in
Art History Exhibit would be a much better use of those same funds. Congress has a difficult enough time coming to mutual agreement on anything as it
is...you don't need them to be deadlocked on micromanaging how .00000000635% of their approved Budget is used. So, to keep the country from coming to
a standstill during this time of Economic Crisis they give the National Endowment of the Arts the check and tell them "Spend it wisely to promote the
Arts because you are more qualified than a bunch of stuffy Upper Class WASPs who've never even been to an Art Gallery other than to get wasted on
Champagne while hob-nobbing it with the Elite."
And that was the proper thing to do. Leave the Art decisions to the Artists!
Just because some puritanical GOP Republican spouting off wholesome Christian Family Values while he's having an affair with some Argentinian woman
on the side doesn't understand how naked men posing in strange positions could be considered Art and is somehow pornographic doesn't make what
Congress did wrong. If they have a beef with the showing of sausage then they should take it up with the National Endowment of the Arts where that
decision was made and who I'm sure will defend their decision.
There are a lot bigger problems facing America right now than how $50,000 was spent on an Art House in San Francisco where if you don't live there,
you probably aren't going to understand it anyway. Let's talk about $384,000,000,000.00 that was given away to Banks so that they could sell off
their assets and give the profit themselves rather than repay the Tax Payers, or the $50,000,000.00 in Tax Payer dollars those CEOs that caused the
Banks that needed to be bailed out to fail in the first place gave themselves for Bonuses for a job well done.
Rather than be divided we should be working together. Can the GOP and Fox get over themselves for 5 minutes so that we can band together and go after
the real crooks who took us to the cleaners for hundreds of billions of dollars rather than quibble over a paltry $50k? Our Nation has bigger fish to
fry. You can either join with the rest of us in our Lynching of Merrill Lynch, or regret it come Election 2012. Your choice!