Monday, February 9, 2009

They've decided that The Creative Economy don't need no stimulus

...obviously, Creative Industries are doing just fine, at least according to Tom Coburn (R-OKnotOK). Remember that "Economic Recovery Bill" thing? Coburn proposed Amendment 309 to the economic recovery bill (which passed in the senate 73-24) that, well, says:

"None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.”
So, there you have it.
Proof positive that the U.S. Senate has enough faith in the strength and vitality of The Arts as an economic engine, that they've decided to not over-stimulate them. It's obvious that the businesses that screwed up your mortgage and frittered away your life savings certainly need a bigger stimulus than some elite art museum, especially since those artsy fatcats are just rolling around in money, flying here and there in private jets to corporate retreats and weeks of hedonism in Tahiti or Aspen, and God knows that we wouldn't want them using our public moneys to pay for any of that.
I mean, you'd never see a banker do that.
You see, I know these people. Especially the aquarium, zoo, museum, theater, and art center people. I know that they are a proud lot, and it would embarrass them to no end if they were suddenly given extra money to improve their communities the way that they do. They've actually done a lot of that "economic stimulus" stuff all by themselves already. They've been supporting the local economy, providing jobs, promoting tourism, promoting businesses, teaching, entertaining, and edifying.
Really, The Arts are The Economy.
So I guess we're all doing much better. Thanks, Senators!


Paige Price said...

Thank you for a well-spoken comment. I am an Artistic Director AND an officer of the stage actors' union and I'm absolutely appalled. The specious connection between arts, museums and casinos I also find disgusting. Sigh.

ThirdMate said...

Thanks for climbing aboard, Paige. And as an actor and union member (though regrettably not at the same time): Thank you for your work Actors' Equity.

I might send Senator Udall or Bennett a copy of Richard Florida's "Rise of the Creative Class." So they gain familiarity with the segment of the economy that they aren't stimulating.

karie said...

Well done!

Once again, I am embarrased for our nation and afraid for our future. Who ARE these people we all elected?

Thank you for injecting some humor into it, at least, 'cause otherwise - it ain't very funny.

Jezebel said...

Well said, and all too true...