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

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

    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?

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

    Nope. It could use reforms, but it should not be abolished in my opinion.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Nope. It could use reforms, but it should not be abolished in my opinion.
    Hey TDS

    Would you mind providing your reasoning?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Hey TDS

    Would you mind providing your reasoning?
    The grants and assistance the the NEA provided to Art schools, art exhibits, musicians, etc, and artists themselves are too important just to throw away and be left entirely up to private hands. Sure it should be reformed to cover more areas of arts, (I personally think it should even help fund "controversial art"), and needs reform to cut down on their controversies but all in all I dont think it should be abolished.


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

    http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/...ual-Report.pdf

    The NEA’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget was $138,383,218. The NEA awarded 2,152 grants in nearly 16,000 communities in every Congressional district in the country. More than 38 million Americans, including seven million children and youth, attended a live arts event supported by the NEA. These events included approximately 70,000 concerts, readings, and performances and 1,600 exhibitions. Internationally, 74 U.S. professional arts organizations and more than 1,200 artists provided performances, exhibits, and other arts activities in 55 countries
    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.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    No, it does plenty of good work. However, that doesn't mean all of the projects it funds turn out to be worthwhile.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    The grants and assistance the the NEA provided to Art schools, art exhibits, musicians, etc, and artists themselves are too important just to throw away and be left entirely up to private hands. Sure it should be reformed to cover more areas of arts, (I personally think it should even help fund "controversial art"), and needs reform to cut down on their controversies but all in all I dont think it should be abolished.
    What kind of reforms would you propose? Countless reforms have been proposed and put into effect, what makes these different? Would you be open to it being done at a more local level? Is there a good reason for why it needs to be done at a federal level?

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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.
    What general principles?

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