Continues to Display Fiscal Irresponsibility As It Increases the NEA's
For Immediate Release.
July 19, 2002 Members of Congress
speak of the need for fiscal responsibility in America's corporations. Yet they do not practice what they preach as
they continue to display fiscal irresponsibility with the hard earned
money of the American taxpayer. This
was demonstrated as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives
voted 234 to 92 on July 18, 2002, to approve an increase of nearly 10
percent in the 2003 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Unfortunately, 42 Republicans voted with many Democrats for the amendment
to give the NEA $10 million more than President Bush requested, bringing
the total budget for this agency to $120 million.
Just a few years ago,
the 104 th Congress voted to phase out the NEA over a period
of three years. “This commitment
to end federal involvement with the NEA must be revived,” said Dr. Joel
P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.
The NEA is a federal
agency that oversees a fundamentally unfair transfer of wealth from
lower-income people up because humanities scholarships, symphony orchestras
and art museums are enjoyed predominantly by people of greater than
average income. The purpose of the NEA is to bring the finer
arts to those who do not already patronize them. However, the percentage of low-income people in such audiences has
failed to increase despite the subsidies provided. Furthermore, private giving to the arts rose
dramatically when the NEA budget was cut in 1995. In 1996, the NEA received less than one percent of its $10.96 billion
budget from contributions by private corporations, foundations, and
individuals. The nonprofit arts
are a $37 billion industry according to the American Arts Alliance. So one can clearly see that this industry does
not need a government hand-out to survive or to enrich the development
of the arts in the U.S.
“Since it is outside
the range of the proper functions of government, and as such it needlessly
politicizes, and therefore corrupts an area of life that should be untainted
by politics taxpayer, subsidy of the NEA is inappropriate,” stated Dr.
Rutkowski. “And instead of its
budget increasing it should be phased out completely.”
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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