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Bush Is Said to Seek More Money for Arts [$15 million to $20 million for NEA]
New York Times ^ | January 29, 2004 | ROBERT PEAR

Posted on 01/28/2004 8:29:35 PM PST by yonif

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 — President Bush will seek a big increase in the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts, the largest single source of support for the arts in the United States, administration officials said on Wednesday.

The proposal is part of a turnaround for the agency, which was once fighting for its life, attacked by some Republicans as a threat to the nation's moral standards.

Laura Bush plans to announce the request on Thursday, in remarks intended to show the administration's commitment to the arts, aides said.

Administration officials, including White House budget experts, said that Mr. Bush would propose an increase of $15 million to $20 million for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. That would be the largest rise in two decades and far more than the most recent increases, about $500,000 for 2003 and $5 million for this year.

The agency has a budget of $121 million this year, 31 percent lower than its peak of $176 million in 1992. After Republicans gained control of Congress in 1995, they cut the agency's budget to slightly less than $100 million, and the budget was essentially flat for five years.

In an e-mail message inviting arts advocates to a news briefing with Mrs. Bush, Dana Gioia, the poet who is chairman of the endowment, says, "You will be present for an important day in N.E.A. history."

Mr. Gioia (pronounced JOY-uh) has tried to move beyond the culture wars that swirled around the agency for years. He has nurtured support among influential members of Congress, including conservative Republicans like Representatives Charles H. Taylor and Sue Myrick of North Carolina. He has held workshops around the country to explain how local arts organizations can apply for assistance.

Public support for the arts was hotly debated in the 1990's. Conservatives complained that the agency was financing obscene or sacrilegious works by artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano. Former Senator Jesse Helms, Republican of North Carolina, repeatedly tried to eliminate the agency.

Some new money sought by Mr. Bush would expand initiatives with broad bipartisan support, like performances of Shakespeare's plays and "Jazz Masters" concert tours.

Mrs. Bush also plans to introduce a new initiative, "American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius." This would combine art presentations — from painting and literature to music and dance — with education programs. The program would give large numbers of students around the country a chance to see exhibitions and performances.

New York receives a large share of the endowment's grants. But under federal law, the agency also gives priority to projects that cater to "underserved populations," including members of minority groups in urban neighborhoods with high poverty rates.

The president's proposal faces an uncertain future at a time of large budget deficits.

Melissa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, an advocacy group, said, "We'll be fighting tooth and nail for the increase."

Some conservatives, like Representative Tom Tancredo, Republican of Colorado, vowed to oppose the increase. Even without support from the government, he said, "art would thrive in America."

Representative Louise M. Slaughter, a New York Democrat who is co-chairwoman of the Congressional Arts Caucus, said she was delighted to learn of Mr. Bush's proposal.

"There's nothing in the world that helps economic development more than arts programs," Ms. Slaughter said. "It was foolish for Congress to choke them and starve them. We should cherish the people who can tell us who we are, where we came from and where we hope to go."

Mr. Tancredo expressed dismay. "We are looking at record deficit and potential cuts in all kinds of programs," he said. "How can I tell constituents that I'll take money away from them to pay for somebody else's idea of good art? I have no more right to do that than to finance somebody else's ideas about religion."

The agency has long had support from some Republicans, like Representatives Christopher Shays of Connecticut and Jim Leach of Iowa.

"Government involvement is designed to take the arts from the grand citadel of the privileged and bring them to the public at large," Mr. Leach said. "This democratization of the arts ennobles the American experience."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; laurabush; nea; notconservatism; presidentbush; spending
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To: ambrose
How long do you think it will take for this to fund something that will piss off Freepers?

My guess is five nanoseconds.
51 posted on 01/28/2004 8:54:41 PM PST by TheAngryClam (Don't blame me, I voted for McClintock.)
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To: KantianBurke
It is now and has been for a century, at the least; live with it.
52 posted on 01/28/2004 8:54:58 PM PST by nopardons
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To: HHFi
You're comparing federal tax money with state tax money. State tax dollars often are guided by referendums, voted on by the people.
53 posted on 01/28/2004 8:55:13 PM PST by secret garden (Go Predators! Go Spurs!)
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To: yonif
"There's nothing in the world that helps economic development more than arts programs," Ms. Slaughter said

How about freedom and low taxes? This article makes me sick.

President Bush, for as much as I want to like him, has been a real let down. From day one in the office, when he broke his word on the 10th Amendment States Rights and Medical Marijuana issue, he has done several things that just made me sick...
54 posted on 01/28/2004 8:56:08 PM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
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To: Ol' Sparky
Bush is turning into a retard
55 posted on 01/28/2004 8:56:10 PM PST by inchworm
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To: Ol' Sparky
His " base " is motivated; the UNAPPEASABLES on FR, has NEVER been his " base"!
56 posted on 01/28/2004 8:56:41 PM PST by nopardons
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To: yonif
Once elected, a person becomes the President of the United States.

The President does not represent only Republicans or Democrats, but must move into a much more important job.

His one and only job, and that is to represent ALL citizens of the United States of America.

When a President is doing his job properly, he will upset members of all political parties.

This is why people like Howard Dean have proved that they are not be qualified for the job of President. They are not willing, or simply unable, to represent all of the citizens in our great country.

57 posted on 01/28/2004 8:56:47 PM PST by Hunble
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To: Torie
"Oh the horror. 5 million 'wasted.' That amount is spent by the feds every five minutes, maybe less. But we love getting off on irrelevant symbolic issues don't we?

The next time you flush the john after a Taco Bell "meal," pretend you are watching a $5m piece of NEA "art" swirling down the tubes and think of this thread.

58 posted on 01/28/2004 8:57:17 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: inchworm
"Bush's Medicare Drug entitlemennts, Campaign finance reform, migrant worker garbage plan, Increasing funds to N.E.A, and any other liberal crap Bush does WILL ALL ADD UP TO HIS FATHERS TAX CUTS."

The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, does it? Wasn't it his father who squandered a 90% approval rating, after promising "read my lips; no new taxes", to give the Dummycrats a huge tax increase to "make nice" with the lib-weinies? They're still laughing!

And now Dubya is trying to dump more lard on a pile of fat called the NEA, an anti-American, pro-homosexual, nasty media that has nothing but contempt for him?????

Dammit! When will this end???????
59 posted on 01/28/2004 8:58:39 PM PST by laweeks (I)
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To: yonif
OUTRAGEOUS APPEASEMENT?
60 posted on 01/28/2004 8:59:22 PM PST by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Hunble
His one and only job, and that is to represent ALL citizens of the United States of America.

You're right, people who make a living, at our expense, off urinating on a cross deserve representation too.

61 posted on 01/28/2004 9:00:01 PM PST by rmmcdaniell
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To: nopardons
Its a good thing the Pro Life moment doesn't think like you. In fact, it would be a REALLY good thing if anyone who values our Constitution and Bill of Rights doesn't think like you too.
62 posted on 01/28/2004 9:00:22 PM PST by KantianBurke (2+2 does NOT equal 5)
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To: Hunble
Okay then so here's the score:
Bush has scored 6 for the LIberals and 2 for conservatives.
If Bush represents all Americans as Prez since when do liberals outnumber conservatives 6 to 2?
63 posted on 01/28/2004 9:01:34 PM PST by inchworm
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To: F16Fighter
Not all NEA supported stuff is trash. Government support of the arts will always be controversial, until the sun goes into supernova, assuming a super volcano, or a huge asteroid, or the flip of the magnetic poles, does not do in the species first, as it probably will, in which event, the controversy will end much earlier. Moving right along, almost every society does it, via "coercive" taxation though, from Pericles until now. Get used to it. In the meantime, I am not going to get deflected by this issue. You all have fun.
64 posted on 01/28/2004 9:03:23 PM PST by Torie
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To: laweeks
I agree. I wrote tax cut, but meant increase. Getting late here.
65 posted on 01/28/2004 9:03:24 PM PST by inchworm
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To: yonif
How disgusting....looks like the rumors are true.

Well, looks like I will be running an anti-Bush column in the school paper for the upcoming issue.

How disgusting that he would support this immoral organization.
66 posted on 01/28/2004 9:05:27 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: secret garden
State or federal makes no difference to me. It's the intellectual concept that I'm questioning. We heard the same arguments against building the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center that we hear against raising funding for the NEA, but either way, it all ends up coming out of my paycheck. And the referendum business is a joke: they put new sports arenas on the ballot and sell them to idiots as some sort of magical, glittering, basketball-related Christmas gift that rich property owners will have to pay for, so of course poor people vote for them. Then, once it's half-built, suddenly, the cost estimate triples, and uh-oh! Turns out we have to raise sales taxes on your beer and cigarettes to pay for it. What a surprise.

All I'm saying is that if it's immoral for me to force someone at gunpoint to hand over part of his salary to pay for my preferred form of entertainment -- which I believe it is -- then it is equally immoral to force me to hand over my hard-earned money for pay for someone else's preferred form of entertainment. The whole concept should be abolished on every level.

67 posted on 01/28/2004 9:05:31 PM PST by HHFi
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To: yonif
The ultimate enablers...using tax payers money to fund more crap....
no taxation without representation...
68 posted on 01/28/2004 9:05:31 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: nopardons
Heck, maybe we can be a two-fer for the TBL show. There is a certain madness in crowds. I eschew them.
69 posted on 01/28/2004 9:05:38 PM PST by Torie
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To: rwfromkansas
Well, looks like I will be running an anti-Bush column in the school paper for the upcoming issue.

My column for this week will be about Armenia and the Armenian Genocide. However, I am planning a column concerning some of Bush's mainly domestic policies as well. Good luck with writing yours.

70 posted on 01/28/2004 9:07:41 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: secret garden
It has me up in arms, and after an initial pissy period over CFR, I got over it. I supported him with the bloated farm bill and the immigrant proposal.

But this is just stupid. It may just be 20 mill, but it is 20 mill that could go somewhere else in order to let this immoral "arts" organization wither and die.

He has now pissed off the social conservatives. NOT a good move.

He will get my vote, but I am very disappointed in him with this move. I would not have expected an abdication to morals and ethics like he has done by endorsing the NEA.
71 posted on 01/28/2004 9:07:47 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: TheAngryClam
John Armor wouldn't support it. See Tagline
72 posted on 01/28/2004 9:08:19 PM PST by GeronL (www.ArmorforCongress.com ............... Support a FReeper for Congress)
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To: BnBlFlag
It looks like he's trying to rub our noses in it. What utter stupidity.

Yeah, Bush woke up this morning and asked himself, "How can I anger the base some more?"

C'mon, think it through. Like it or not, his reelection may very well be decided by the moderate female vote in states like PA. This increase is about taking away one of the daggers the Dems always wield each election, the mantra that the GOP is going to kill this program and that program. Killing the arts is one of the issues they always throw out, and like it or not, it is popular with many moderates, esp. Northeast female moderates(think Philly suburbs), CA, FL, etc. So for what amounts to peanuts compared to the actual budget, he defuses that arguments, showing that he is 'safe' and not 'extreme'. We may need a swing of only 5-10,000 votes may be the deciding margin in as many as a dozen states, just like in 2000.

Ask yourself this, which costs more, $15-20 million extra funds for the arts, or billions more drained from the health system if tort reform is not passed? $15-20 million for the arts, or billions more in expanded welfare/medical/other entitlements if the USSC upholds a ruling that x group is entitled to new service? Is it worth $15-20 million to prevent runaway fed judges from successfully implementing an invented constitutional right to gay marriage?

Giving an extra $15-20 million to the NEA in a close election year is hardly the death of conservatism, but allowing a Dem to win and again attempt to institutionalize vote fraud schemes and other forms of corruption will do far more damage to the cause of conservatism.

If one is rushing to an important deal-closing presentation with a potential jackpot client, is it wise to skip the toll booth and be late from traveling the slower back roads, just because one is philosophically against tolls? Politics is a strategy that involves compromise. There are far bigger battles to fight right now than the NEA issue.

73 posted on 01/28/2004 9:09:27 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (www.firethebcs.com, www.weneedaplayoff.com, www.firemackbrown.com)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
You assume that those changes will be made under Bush.

They won't.

He's a liberal.
74 posted on 01/28/2004 9:10:36 PM PST by TheAngryClam (Don't blame me, I voted for McClintock.)
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To: yonif
Support your local enemies and subversives. That's George "religion of peace" Bush. Unconditional love and being president of all the people is the answer.
75 posted on 01/28/2004 9:10:43 PM PST by RLK
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To: rwfromkansas
if you were planning to give money to the GOP, just give it to our resident FReeper running for Congress instead.

Congressman Billybob

www.armorforcongress.com

76 posted on 01/28/2004 9:11:26 PM PST by GeronL (www.ArmorforCongress.com ............... Support a FReeper for Congress)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
If Bush thinks tossing some bucks at an organization nobody knows about, an event which WILL HAVE NO PROMINENCE WHATSOVER IN THE MINDS OF THE VOTERS COME NOVEMBER, will somehow win over the sheep suburban women, he must be dumber than a box of rocks.

77 posted on 01/28/2004 9:11:35 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: rwfromkansas
My post from previous thread:

I supported Bush up until the moment I read about this proposal.

Given the history of this issue, his proposal to ramp up funding for the NEA is the clearest possible f)(k you signal Bush could possibly send to his conservative base.

And what is the point? This makes no political sense whatsoever! The damage he is doing to the conservative base--at a time when that base is already becoming enraged at his overspending--is clearly going to cost him 100 times the votes he might purchase by this small extra bit of pork largesse.

I might be able to stomache this if I thought it was part of a maneuver for larger political gain. But there is no suggestion of that here.

This is just incredible, colossal stupidity. And I will not support stupidity.

78 posted on 01/28/2004 9:12:16 PM PST by TheConservator
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To: Keith
No, she isn't. Just because she's the wife of the president doesn't entitle her to use taxpayer funds for her pet projects. The federal government has no business subsidizing "good" art, much less junk that passes as art. Mend it by ending it completely.
79 posted on 01/28/2004 9:13:49 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: yonif
On the other thread somebody called Bush "Democrat Lite".

I have to agree.

No more of this "Great Healer" sewage.

80 posted on 01/28/2004 9:15:28 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: inchworm
Bush has scored 6 for the LIberals and 2 for conservatives.

I would rather agree with your current score and would not question that statistic.

Bush is doing his job as President of the United States.

I will respect what he has done, in an effort to represent ALL Americans.

Democrats hate him for helping Congress to pass new laws, doing exactly what they have been asking for.

81 posted on 01/28/2004 9:15:43 PM PST by Hunble
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Wisely put, But only in the NEA case. I don't think this kinda strategy can be applied to CFR, Medicare entitlements, and his idiotic illegal immigrant proposal.
All of which will be costing us dearly.
82 posted on 01/28/2004 9:16:47 PM PST by inchworm
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To: Torie
"Not all NEA supported stuff is trash. Government support of the arts will always be controversial..."

True, but this is a political maelstrom issue NOT based on money, but principle.

ANY support of the NEA was sure to bring Dubya more than a migraine -- and how could he NOT know this would p*ss off an already riled up constituency??

The logic defies common sense.

83 posted on 01/28/2004 9:16:48 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Torie
You and me ? LOL

I usually eschew crowds as well. :-)

84 posted on 01/28/2004 9:16:52 PM PST by nopardons
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To: TheConservator
I am going to try to get in touch with a WH spokesman and ask "In light of the current deficit and growing discontent among conservatives, what purpose is served by just tossing money at an organization considered immoral by many...rather than cleaning it up with requiring stiffer standards or simply removing all funding?"

It will be interesting to see the response if I get through.
85 posted on 01/28/2004 9:17:05 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: nopardons
I've been a bush supporter for a long time. In fact, I'm even on board with his amnesty plan (but let's not change the topic). This one has me ready to call it quits and not vote this year!

I would rather have Clinton at least he passed welfare reform and grew gov't at a slower pace. I'm really starting to believe we need a split congress and exec branch. When one party has it they spend too much money.
86 posted on 01/28/2004 9:18:06 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: KantianBurke
Yada, yada, yada...and then some. Call that a refutaion ? LOL
87 posted on 01/28/2004 9:18:33 PM PST by nopardons
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To: inchworm
just curious what scores you put in each column?
88 posted on 01/28/2004 9:18:46 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: inchworm
I think Bush felt the problems with CFR would be solved by the Supreme Court so he took the easy way out and punted. Problem is he was thinking of the Court that ruled in Bush v. Gore and not the E.U. Court we now have.
89 posted on 01/28/2004 9:19:05 PM PST by COEXERJ145
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To: MinuteGal
I disagree. This move will play well with moderate Philly suburban voters, some swing moderate suburban FL voters, some swing moderate suburban voters in NH, MN, IA, WI, MO, NM, NV, AZ, OR, and WA. All potentially close states. They, especially the female portion of them, don't want extreme, they don't want abolishment of the NEA. This helps send the message that Bush is 'safe'. I want the NEA abolished, but given the political situation right now, I'll glad increase its funding to get 3-4 USSC nominees, majority of Fed judicial appointments, prevention of gay marriage, overall budget spending cap of 1% growth(excluding security), tort reform, social security reform and privatization, medical savings accounts, medicare withering on the vine, future tax cuts, sensible energy policies, support for Israel, standing up to the UN, and a continued war on terrorists and the nations that aid them.
90 posted on 01/28/2004 9:20:07 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (www.firethebcs.com, www.weneedaplayoff.com, www.firemackbrown.com)
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To: Ol' Sparky
Frankly no, that's just a faint memory at this point. You know, we have kids leaving high-school that have no idea what a conservative is. It'll most likely be another five years before they'll get a chance to see one in the oval office, if then. What a shame.
91 posted on 01/28/2004 9:21:06 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: for-q-clinton
BINGO

I'm really starting to believe we need a split congress and exec branch.

RED ALERT!

Perhaps that is what our Constitutional form of government was all about?

About freaking time!

92 posted on 01/28/2004 9:21:28 PM PST by Hunble
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To: Ol' Sparky
BTW, I agree with your thoughts.
93 posted on 01/28/2004 9:21:40 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: yonif
I guess GW hasn't run out of fingers to stick in the eyes of his conservative base, has he? Only this one is more like a Robert Mapplethorpe bullwhip....
94 posted on 01/28/2004 9:22:47 PM PST by Map Kernow ("I hold that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing" ---Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HHFi
Of course the dirty little secret, is that red meat types only get REALLY upset about government spending on stuff that they cannot relate too. I haven't read anyone getting upset about below market rate lease rates to ranchers who rent land from the feds for cattle grazing. I really haven't read much about government spending on the big ticket items either, ie medicare, medical subsidies, and social security, that made any sense. I haven't read any rants about spending on ethanol, and agricultural subsidies in general. I haven't read much about the maintenance of wasteful domestic military bases.

This isn't about spending. It is about folks' splenetic over-reaction to a culture war they want to fight, with targets that prove so ever elusive, that they really can't get satisfaction from the fight. So they seek enemies anywhere that they can possibly be found, and then go ballistic.

95 posted on 01/28/2004 9:23:03 PM PST by Torie
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I could see where you are coming from, if, at the end of the day, those swing voters will be thinking of this at the polls. But, they won't.

It is such a small issue it will barely even merit a mention for more than a day or two in the news.

People will forget that he did this. It is like PBS and NPR....people don't know how much money there is involved there. Heck, most people probably don't know NPR is even given govt. money. It is not an issue that ultimately matters.

It is not an issue that can win votes because it does not have the NECESSARY VISIBILITY.

Well, it does on one side.....conservatives....and it's not a good thing to give more funding in a conservative's mind.
96 posted on 01/28/2004 9:23:42 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Trust me I'm no environmental wacko, but I know many Bush supporters that are. And they say Bush is horrible for the environment.

If he's going to waste money on making libs happy why not do it for an issue that libs are beating him up on? He could send that money to the environment clean up funds (which I think is a probalby a waste too, but better than art). When was the lsat time you hear someone complaining that there isn't enough gov't funded art?
97 posted on 01/28/2004 9:23:44 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: RiflemanSharpe
And people on this board are asking me Why I am now supporting the Constitution Party. Here is another reason.

Seems to be a never ending line of "single" issues.....

98 posted on 01/28/2004 9:24:28 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
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To: F16Fighter
What you might miss, is that there is a political upside to Bush getting the red meat cultural warriors upset from time to time. You can take that to the bank. Pat Buchanan where are you? Bush wants to pistol whip you.
99 posted on 01/28/2004 9:25:10 PM PST by Torie
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To: TheAngryClam
Bull. See post #90. All are stated goals of President Bush, all have seen him attempt to either bring them about, or lay the groundwork to enact them when the political situation changes. Those changes can't happen if we don't retain the Presidency in 2004.

He's far from a liberal, he's just not in a position to ram through everything we want right now and still get reelected.

100 posted on 01/28/2004 9:25:36 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (www.firethebcs.com, www.weneedaplayoff.com, www.firemackbrown.com)
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