By Jacob Stockinger
Well, guess what?
The U.S. House of Representatives (below) and the U.S Senate – both of which have been so-o-o-o popular and so in tune with the American public lately – last week passed a bill to cut back on the arts and humanities (specifically, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities) even though those organizations might benefit their own constituents and their own children.
Instead the House and Senate have favored a time-honored historical group that is more conservative and less adventurous about new and contemporary culture: The Smithsonian Institution (below). And it looks like President Obama will sign the bill into law as a compromise measure.
Well, they need some place to go unwind and to pretend to be cultured, don’t they?
Do you think it has to do with the anti-intellectualism and pseudo-populism of the Republican Party and the Tea Party?
Do you think it has to with federal debt and spending, so many will no doubt say?
Or do you think maybe those same groups see independent or critical thinking skills or art and beauty as dangerous to their agenda and underlying ideology?
Certainly The Smithsonian seems a safer and less creative choice, although no one can deny it is certainly a deserving institution with great many valuable artifacts and exhibitions. (See the photo os its interior below.) And the new Museum of African American History is sure to add to its reputation.
But don’t these cuts also reek of the same know-nothing, take no prisoners partisanship that leads the House majority party to want to defund public radio and public television?
Read all about it the citizen-politician wealth gap right here:
And here are links to read all about it the budget cuts to the arts and humanities:
Read it and then let me know what you think.
The Ear wants to hear.