Thursday, June 23, 2011

ARTS POLICY: Sarah Palin Weighs In!

And would you guess her position?

NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn't be in the business of funding with tax dollars - those should all be on the chopping block as we talk about the $14 trillion debt that we're going to hand to our kids and our grandkids. Yes, those are the type of things that for more than one reason need to be cut ... Reality is we have 15 million Americans who are out of work.

Ah, what fun.


Ian Thal said...

Only 15 million?

CultureFuture said...

It's actually a little less -- 13.914 million (according to the May Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers). The rate is 9.1% of the labor force, so I guess that's assuming that the labor force is about 157.7 million people -- the other half being people who are retired or underage.

Of course, it's likely that the BLS is under-counting the people who are unemployed because they don't count people who have stopped looking for work.