offers a few solutions for our current economic ills:
Penalize carbon use by taxing gas so that it's $4 a gallon regardless of market price, curbing gas guzzlers and promoting efficient public transportation.
Or better yet, take in earnest that insincere MasterCard ad, and consider all the things money can't buy (most things!). Change some habits and restore the balance between body and spirit. Refashion the cultural ethos by taking culture seriously....
It's obvious that the "progressives" who write this tripe have never been poor. I have.
Poor people don't want to hear about the alleged virtues of $4 a gallon gas. Unlike the author of this article, poor people know what it's like to spend one full hour
on a bus, each and every day, standing next to rheumy alkies and wheezing pre-verts, just to go to a job located ten miles away. By all means, improve public transportation. But those who don't use it should not romanticize it.
And don't you dare spew that pap about the-best-things-in-life-are-free
to someone facing homelessness -- not if you value your unbroken nose. "Spirit" is beyond restoration when the cupboard is bare. The job of the true liberal is to replenish that cupboard -- period. Let each citizen work out the rest for himself or herself.
Speaking as an artist and a lover of fine music, I am firmly of the opinion that much of what passes for "culture" in this nation is a racket. When thousands of children go hungry each night, there's no excuse for spending taxpayer loot on conceptual art pieces created by craftsmanship-free poseurs who churn out crap that only a few fruitcakes in Greenwich Village would even pretend to like.
On the other hand, I could support funding for real
art. How about a Jack Kirby Museum of American Illustration, located on the Mall in D.C.? You guys down with that?On a related note:
Quincy Jones is going to ask Obama to create a Secretary of Arts