View Poll Results: Should We Abolish The NEA?

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  • Yes, replace it with nothing.

    23 34.85%
  • Yes, privatize it.

    8 12.12%
  • Yes, localize it and let the states handle it.

    4 6.06%
  • No, keep it.

    22 33.33%
  • No, but it needs strong reforms.

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    As Redress pointed out, the NEA barely makes up .0036% of the federal budget. If your focus were truly on paying off the debt, wouldn't reducing the military budget, demilitarizing police, abolishing the DHS, etc. save much more money than removing an art program?
    So? Its still not something the government has any business in. Let the rich artist minded art snobs fund it if they want to. Besides its a bargain at only .0036 of the federal budget and they would get complete say of who was or was not funded. Or let the NEA beg for funds like PBS does every day. Maybe they can sucker some poor old demented granny with a couple hundred cats, into funding their Cute Cat pictures from the Interwebs wing.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/...ual-Report.pdf



    Sounds like a pretty good value on the dollar. That budget is .0036% of federal spending(if I did the math right). If we cannot spend that small percentage of our overal spending on making the country and localities better places, we have major problems.
    You think its a good value. I think its a waste of money. We got budget problems and every dime helps, these turds have got to be flushed. The arts and croissant crowd ought to have to pay for their concerts and showings and galas themselves.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    I've heard many arguments, from both the left and the right, that the NEA should be abolished for a variety of reasons. Among them I have heard:

    -it is wasteful,

    -it turns art into cultural elitism,

    -it subsidizes obscene and pornographic art

    -it's unconstitutional.

    -it only funds "politically correct" art.

    What do you think? Should the NEA be abolished? If so, what should we replace it with if at all?
    IF you're an "artist" and you can't support yourself by selling your "art" to the public then you sux as an artist and the rest of should not be made to suffer by having to support your lazy ass.

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    I see it as a good thing, in line with monarchical thought of financing art, philosophy, science, and histories. This is a good, centuries old tradition of using government power and influence.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    As Redress pointed out, the NEA barely makes up .0036% of the federal budget. If your focus were truly on paying off the debt, wouldn't reducing the military budget, demilitarizing police, abolishing the DHS, etc. save much more money than removing an art program?
    How about demilitarizing Obama's security detail?

    Do you think only the elites in Washington deserve military style firepower and modern protective gear?

    How about local police? How much less are they worth than a common foot soldier. Do you think SWAT teams only need Level IIIa vests, a old shotgun and a revolver when storming an armed crackhouse?

    Keeping out illegal aliens who cost billions in lost jobs, lost taxes, and murder hundreds every years I feel to be an excellent investment.

    Americans are being Killed by Illegal Aliens everyday. The fact is there are 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens, more than the U.S. death toll of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. That's more than 30,000 Americans killed by illegal aliens since Sept. 11, 2001
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flamethrower View Post
    How about demilitarizing Obama's security detail?
    I'm for that.

    Do you think only the elites in Washington deserve military style firepower and modern protective gear?
    Nice strawman, but no.

    How about local police? How much less are they worth than a common foot soldier.
    Not even going to dignify that with an answer...

    Do you think SWAT teams only need Level IIIa vests, a old shotgun and a revolver when storming an armed crackhouse?
    They shouldn't be storming crackhouses to begin with, and even so they don't need tanks and grenade launchers to do it.

    Keeping out illegal aliens who cost billions in lost jobs, lost taxes, and murder hundreds every years I feel to be an excellent investment.
    Link?

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    I've heard many arguments, from both the left and the right, that the NEA should be abolished for a variety of reasons. Among them I have heard:

    -it is wasteful,

    -it turns art into cultural elitism,

    -it subsidizes obscene and pornographic art

    -it's unconstitutional.

    -it only funds "politically correct" art.

    What do you think? Should the NEA be abolished? If so, what should we replace it with if at all?
    I say get rid of it, and privatize it. You know why? Think back to the greatest artists in history; Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello... you know what they all have in common? They were funded not by the government but by private citizens. The Arts will survive without government assistance.

    Edit: Oh and we don't need a propaganda arm for the President do we?

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    I say get rid of it, and privatize it. You know why? Think back to the greatest artists in history; Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello... you know what they all have in common? They were funded not by the government but by private citizens. The Arts will survive without government assistance.
    Most great artists in history died miserable and dirt poor....

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    I've heard many arguments, from both the left and the right, that the NEA should be abolished for a variety of reasons. Among them I have heard:

    -it is wasteful,

    -it turns art into cultural elitism,

    -it subsidizes obscene and pornographic art

    -it's unconstitutional.

    -it only funds "politically correct" art.

    What do you think? Should the NEA be abolished? If so, what should we replace it with if at all?
    Not completely, I don't think it is in the purview of the federal government to have anything to do with supporting the arts, therefore I would abolish the NEA. I would however like to see a nation wide private foundation that has as its charter geared to the role of preserving existing art, promoting artistic endevors, and for funding new artistic endevors to the extent that their members critically approve of them.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    If we were running a surplus that would be one thing. We are not so, dump it. Though on general principles it ought to be dumped anyhow. Its not the governments place to fund that.
    I was thinking about which side to come down on with the NEA. Read your short post and I agree. If we had a surplus, funding these nice to have programs is one thing. With 18 trillion going on 19 and 20, perhaps its time only to keep the most necessary programs.
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