“Today, there are a wide range of oil and gas subsidies. The three largest subsidies cost the federal government more than $40 billion over ten years. All three of them essentially allow oil and gas companies to deduct normal business expenses, allowing them to reduce the taxes they pay.”
In 1996, I sent a letter to Judge Richard M. Silver and executor Sydney Morris, wherein I ask for an advance on my claim so I could hire a Private Eye to search for my two children a Seer said I sired. In the records of a Superior Court is found this gift that many people have owned in the history of mankind. My daughter Heather Hanson came into my life in the year 2000. However, this Judge and the attorney he appointed, did not honor my quest, the quest of an artist to carry on with the creative gifts born in my family. Instead, he honored Lawrence Chazen who built tax shelters for Nobel Oil in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Nobel Oil, and other oil companies, have received billions of dollars in tax subsidies, which in theory were taken out of this country, and put in foreign lands so it could not be taxed. This is our tax money the world’s biggest parasites have stolen from this Democracy.
With our tax money, oily tycoons have invested in the arts. They buy uo all the art in the world, put it in a museum, then parade around in minks and diamonds with other oil swells at private art and culture functions – like gods and goddesses! These oil gods claim they are the protectors of art and culture in America. However, in theory, this art belongs to the tax payers. We the People paid for this art with the tax subsidies we gave the oil companies. In the name of Art, I claim this Art that must be set free from the greed gods of oil.
Mitt Romney has threatened to do away with the National Endowment of the Arts if he becomes President. He an his ilk do not want THE PUBLIC to own anything, or, have any power. This is why the Koch oily brothers back the false evangelical Jesus invented by John Darby in Ireland in 1840. The Earls of Oil want to be godlike. They want to parade around in our streets – like royalty. They want to silence the voice of the little people who spoil the precious image they have of themselves. For these reasons I am pleased to announce, I am God.
Fork it over!
Today’s shocker: A Republican Who Wants to Cut Arts Funding!
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has penned an Op-Ed for the USA Today newspaper in which he says he would “eliminate every government program that is not absolutely essential.”
He then goes into specifics and takes aim at the battered National Endowment for the Arts:
Enact deep reductions in the subsidies for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Legal Services Corporation.
His idea would essentially gut an organzation that has already had their budget cut by 6% this year to total $146.255 million.
The Huffington Post provides some context for Romney’s proposed cuts to arts funding, and it appears he isn’t a shining example of an arts champion:
Romney’s track record reveals many attempts to reduce cultural agency funding while governor of Massachusetts. In 2006, Romney tried to veto the creation of a Cultural Facilities Fund, which aids nonprofit arts, scientific and historical organization in construction costs. Legislature overrode the veto and $37 million has been granted by the state under the program. Although, Romney’s view remains in contrast with many of his GOP cohorts that would rather see the programs cut, but it still represents a step to the right for a man who was once known as a relatively moderate conservative.
To put things into perspective, the current budget of the NEA is:
less than the amount Meg Whitman spent on her failed 2010 gubernatorial race in California last year ($166 million),
less than the $175 million the US Department of Veterans Affairs spent in 2010 to maintain hundreds of buildings that it does not even use, including a pink, octagonal monkey house in the city of Dayton, Ohio.
waaay less than the federal money Evangelical Liberty University receives ($445 million), and
nowhere near the $175,587 that the government spent in 2010 for a study on the link between cocaine and the mating habits of quail (wait, wasn’t that an art project by Rob Pruitt?).
The peak of NEA funding was in 1990, when the organization received $171 million, which doesn’t even factor in inflation.