Tucked away in the thousands of pages [of Bush's proposed FY 2009 budget] covering $3 trillion worth of proposed expenditures was a $16.3 million cut in support for the National Endowment for the Arts. That would reduce its operating budget from $144.7 million during fiscal 2008 to $128.4 million in 2009.
You heard right. Barely two months after signing off on a $20 million increase in the NEA's budget -- the largest in the endowment's history -- our nation's chief executive quickly shifted into fiscal reverse. In budget-speak, this is called a "rescission." In plain-speak, it's an outrage.
Now the congress--the Democratic-controlled congress--has yet to vote on this. But what are the odds that this bunch, and in an oh-so-cautious election year (i.e. one they could win!) will actually challenge the Republicans on the arts?
A fitting farewell fuck-you from W., isn't it? Considering this is the budget he wants to leave us with in '09...when he's gone!
(hat tip: ArtsJournal)