Yesterday you paid for a jazz exhibit in Missouri. Today you're bringing a classical music festival to Boston. Your appreciation for music has no bounds. You're stimulating the economy by...playing music or something.
Then the recession hit and hopes dimmed - that is, until Rose heard about $50 million of federal stimulus funds being allocated, after heated debate, to the National Endowment for the Arts.Free money?! Big sigh of relief. American workers will lose their jobs but festivals live on!
BMOP applied for a special stimulus grant. It worked. Presto: $50,000, or about 80 percent of the new festival’s budget.Like magic. Obama and the liberal Congress waved their hand over the hat and PRESTO! Cash! The heavens rained down stimulus money. And the artists soaked it up.
Via BigGovernment.com, more of your generosity in today's government fatty Pork Report:
Today’s Pork Report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) identies at least $315 million in wasteful Washington spending:
Congress boosts its own budget by $250 million; Increase will pay to hire consultants, hold receptions, and send postcards to voters
Only 16% of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job
Medicaid spends $65 million on prescription drug abuse, including paying for thousands of prescriptions for dead patients
Puppet theater in Philadelphia receives federal stimulus funds
80% of Boston’s music festival being paid for with federal stimulus funds; The six-concert, three-day event plans to “jump-start the classical music season and the national economy”
Nevada spending federal stimulus funds to underwrite “crucial festival director position”
Despite being in good financial shape, Idaho festival receives stimulus funds to pay for next year’s festival