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Thoughts on Gov. Brownback vs. Kansas Arts Commission
I am primarily a financial conservative, probably a borderline Libertarian.
I truly believe that private $$ can accomplish more and be more efficient in every situation than tax dollars can. I don't believe we should abolish Government. I do think Government should be smaller than it is, not because I am scared of it taking away my Liberty... I just think it is a huge inefficient machine that wastes millions of dollars.
Plain and simple, I believe in the vast majority of the programs that tax dollars go to... I just believe they would be more efficient, they would accomplish more towards their mission and every American would have more money in there pocket if they were privately ran.
Please don't come back at me with extremist stuff like "Cody hates poor people", "Cody hates arts and culture", "Cody hates anything". I don't hate anything. I just firmly believe folks and programs that need our help with $ would be helped more by a privately run organization than any government org could ever hope to do.
So... The Arts..
I think Gov. Brownback is doing the right thing. EEEEKKKKK!!!!
I really do, we have to cut programs that aren't life and death until the State of Kansas has a balanced budget. We just can't spend more than we make as a State.
Please keep in mind this is just regarding the Kansas Arts Commission... I am still pounding thorough the budget and this article is not pertaining to any other cuts... I DO NOT back Brownback blindly and in fact am scared of some of his agenda items.
So... now how many of you just said "Oh.... Cody hates the Arts" --- well your wrong if you did, I think anyone that knows me would at least partially defend the fact that I love the Arts and see them as a crucial part of education and culture, that if ignored will lead to at best a dumbing of our society and at worst to its complete collapse.
So what do I think we should do...
I think we should give more money to the Arts in Kansas than we do now....
I think we should have the best Arts Commission in the United States ... in the World...
I just think until we get the State of Kansas' budget in the black, it should be all private dollars.
How do we do that?
I really don't think it would even be hard if 2 things were to happen.
1. Everyone that is mad at Gov. Brownback take 50 % of the time and energy they are burning to blast him and focus it towards fund raising efforts for the (not yet in existence) Private Kansas Arts Commission.
2. Gov. Brownback and the Conservatives break out the check books and throw their clout/celebrity behind the same fund raising effort.
According to the annual report form the Kansas Arts Commission (here) the total expenditures in 2010 fiscal year were $2,181,965.
If both sides of this argument took this insane opportunity to reach across the aisle and actually solve a problem, raising that money would not be an issue, raising more money than that would be easily achieved, in a time when every other States Art Commission is preparing to face cuts... we could have the Art Commission that went out and kicked ass and increased its reach and created more success stories.
Please note: I am not saying "The artsy left wingers need to suck it up and raise the money themselves". I think its imperative that the conservatives step up and join the fight to have the best Arts Commission in the USA.
1. I want our Arts commission to have a $2.5 million budget the first year it is private.
2. Gov. Brownback is proposing giving $200,000 to ease the transition.
3. I haven't heard a single complaint about current staff so I propose we just keep them and the Board. So administrative costs remain the same... we will have $318,035 extra to give to programs.
4. With the States $200,000 we need to raise $2.3 million.
5. I think there would be 10 people statewide who would cough $10,000 - Gov. Brownback and his staff should commit to help finding these people, if both sides worked together on this... I guarantee it's doable.
6. I think there would be 50 people statewide who would give $5,000 - again the Gov. and his people could really assist in finding these donors, with cooperation, again a very easy task.
7. We are at $350,000 --- $1,950,000 to go.
8. I think its completely realistic to get 100 people to give $1,000 - anyone think any of this is impossible if the Arts Community and the Governors office cooperate on a fund-raising campaign across the entire state.
9. I think we could get 5,000 people to give $100.00. (I can afford this, so we only need 4,999!)
10. We are down to $1.35 Million we need.
11. Divide that last figure by $50 a year and we need 27,000 Art Lovers and Fiscally Conservative Republicans to commit to $50.
Think we as Kansans could do it....? I do... I think we could grow the reach of our Arts Commission if both sides jumped in and helped out... even if it was for different reasons.
I am not happy that we are in a situation that leads us to consider eliminating our Publicly Funded Arts Commission... I just don't wanna be an Art Lover that sits back and bitches about it or points fingers, and I don't want to be a Fiscal Conservative that is naive enough to think that Funding the Arts is not a worthwhile effort.