“The Georgia House this week passed a $17.8 billion state budget that would eliminate the Georgia Council for the Arts, making Georgia the only state in the country without a state arts agency recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. The matter will next be considered by the Senate.” (from the AJC)
Today Monday 4/19/10 a group of Artist will be marching in the streets of Atlanta where they will end their protest at the State Capital demanding that the State not cut the Georgia Council for the Arts. Well in a time when the State is facing over a $1 billion deficit its time to start cutting things like the “Arts”. It is not the job of the States or the Federal Government to be subsidizing artist who are too lazy to work for a living. These artist can still “contribute” to society by creating their masterpieces but on their off hours instead of hanging out at the Starbucks until inspiration hits.
I know it’s “just not fair” to expect a starving artist to earn his or her own money to pay for their “art” but when a State is going broke paying for things like this its time to STOP paying for things like the arts. The Arts program is a perfect example of an area in a States budget that should be one of the first things to go. Unlike Policemen, Firemen, and Teachers artist are not needed for society to function. Yes we need Arts BUT we do not need the Tax Payers paying for it.
So I repeat it time for Georgia Artist to get a job and stop leaching off of Society!