Thursday, November 04, 2010

Perspective

Amount of money Meg Whitman spent running for governor of California: $163 million

Amount of the 2010 budget of the National Endowment for the Arts: $161.4 million

(via Alex, who got it from a Bryant Turnage tweet)

9 comments:

Elaine Fine said...

Wow.

paulhmuller said...

I guess everyone who thought we could fund the war in Afghanistan by cutting off support to the arts had better do some recalculating...

N6TQS said...

Those are interesting numbers. I've often compared the money that Ellison paid for racing (or the cost of Fleet Week) to the amount needed for the SF Maritime Museum.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I read elsewhere that conductor Bill Eddins has posed a proposal that the NEA be killed entirely. He's a political liberal, so it's not knee-jerk anti-liberal-society-ism motivating him.

N6TQS - yeah, exactly. It is amazing what these billionaire guys spend their money on. (sez she whose billionaire bosses own a jetliner). If I had that kind of money, I'd have a personal composer-in-residence program, a personal string-quartet-in-residence program, and, hell- my own orchestra. Maybe it would be a chamber orchestra - but an orchestra!

Paul - yeah.

paulhmuller said...

Here is the Bill Eddins piece:

http://www.insidethearts.com/sticksanddrones/2010/11/03/bill-eddins/2882/

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thanks!

calimac said...

I would hire Joseph Haydn as my personal composer, and tell him to write nothing in any key less eccentric than F-sharp minor.

Lisa Hirsch said...

You'd hire him even though he's dead? Eeeeeuuuwwww.

calimac said...

1) If I were a rich man (dydle diddy dydle etc), sufficiently rich ... Would Donald Trump let that stop him?

2) He could write Ghost Trios.

3) Shh! He's decomposing.