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  •  Culture Wars (2+ / 0-)
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    ArtSchmart, Onomastic

    The only reason it's being debated is because the Republicans haven't moved beyond the culture wars of the 1980s.

    The kind of treatment the NEH got under Lynn Cheney.

    That said Mrblifil's comment about federal grants was way out of line with talking about the need for public works of the kind the NEA and NEH have never done. He has no understanding of how the WPA worked and decided to lump a wide swath of people in with critics of Karen Finley, which I never brought up.

    Even the Federal Theater Project had similar morality critics.

    That is all. Individually, I wish you the best, but collectively, my dearest hope is to outlive you - groovetronica

    by Nulwee on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 07:04:23 PM PST

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    •  Agreed on Mme. Cheney. (1+ / 0-)
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      TheFatLadySings

      As for mrblifil's comment, I suspect that was an attempt to clarify how grants are awarded, since some confusion over that plagues discussions of the NEA to this day.  It's not so much the supporter of individual artists that it once was in its earliest years.  All grants, moreover, are peer-reviewed to steer the limited funding to the projects and organizations where it'll do the most good.

      "There is only one caution. Don't let it happen again." -- edscan, 21 Jan 2009

      by ArtSchmart on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 07:23:57 PM PST

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