Thursday, February 05, 2009

Leap, Leap, Leap!

I want to write more about this but I've been writing on other things with similarly tight deadlines so I haven't been able to get it all organized yet. I can't wait any longer to share it, though.

Pony Express sent me this, "So, this came to me and each time I read it I cannot decide whether I am more offended by the lack of understanding of how the arts are in fact part of the economy or by the offensive language with which this is written. I would be happy to explain to anyone who will listen why I have never met an arts organization spending money on zero gravity chairs or saunas. I would also be happy to explain how money given to the arts goes right back to the economy."

Here's the information of which she speaks:

The following proposed amendment to the Economic Stimulus Package was just brought to our attention. Obviously it could have a major impact on our industry. Please read and act today!

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has introduced an amendment to prohibit any funds in the economic stimulus bill from going to museums, casinos, aquariums, theaters, art centers. As such, it thus would bar from Federal Economic Recovery funding many potential projects that would create jobs for our members, invest in lasting products, and support the cultural vitality of many communities.

The language of the amendment, (Amendment No. 175, as filed) is, "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, arts center, or highway beautification project, including renovation, remodeling, construction, salaries, furniture, zero-gravity chairs, big screen televisions, beautification, rotating pastel lights, and dry heat saunas."

This amendment may be offered as early as Wednesday, February 4. Call your Senators TODAY and urge them to vote NO on the Coburn "Limitation of Funds Amendment No. 175." To reach your Senators, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators' offices

The following link will allow you to easily find your Senator's direct contact information:

I've asked PE to put together some thoughts as well. If you have questions you'd like her to answer please leave them in comments. If you'd rather speak with her by e-mail please send your message to me at isabeau6AThotmailDOTcom and I will pass it along.


  1. I cannot with this.
    Thank you for inspiring my facebook status.

  2. See? It's stuff like this that makes me think that republicans are pinched, soulless little people with black hearts. Of course that's an incorrect assumption (some of the time), but how can we not think that when they come up with shit like this, but want tax breaks for multi-zillion dollar companies and defense contractors a'la Blackwater?

  3. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Thanks for posting this Kiz.
    For the record I do not think that the stimulus package should be used to fix the lack of funding for arts organizations. It can't. ( though I do have hope that our new administration might get around to it at some point!) But for arts organizations to be singled out to be denied the effects of a stimulus package is not only wrong. It is bad for the economy. Arts centers are extremely efficient conduits for giving money to a local economy. They run on shoestring administrative budgets. They spend / disperse almost every cent they are given and they do so quickly. They spend that money with local businesses. They give money to artists to spend on local businesses. If what part of what a stimulus package is meant to do is stimulate the economy from the bottom up, I can think of fewer models that do this as well as community arts centers.
    On a personal level I am offended by the language and tone of this amendment. I sent this to a colleague of mine who pointed out that it is written to make artists and arts organizations sound like sinners. It is flippant, poorly thought out, and poorly written.
    I hope that any one who feels the same way will contact their congress person. - pony express

  4. Can I just apologize for the fact that my state elected this fuckstick??? we dislike him here, too...gah. GAH. BLEAGH.

  5. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Rotating pastel lights?!?!?!! UGH!