31 Jan 2004 Additional funding for the National Endowment for the Arts?
National Center Executive Director David Almasi has this warning for President Bush regarding the President’s proposal to expand the budget of the National Endowment of the Arts.
I figure you probably want to bolster your reputation as a “compassionate conservative,” but you can’t forget your base. If there’s one message that came out of the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend loud and clear, it was that conservatives are very concerned about the current spending spree on the part of the White House and congressional leaders. Additionally, giving money to an agency that has long been the ire of conservatives is no way to mend fences.
In times of war, successful administrations have curtailed domestic spending. That’s not happening now, and it can’t be swept under the rug. In truth, it could be the thing that will turn enough voters off — especially conservative ones — come the November elections to send you back to Texas.