Where Have You Gone, Jesse Helms?
Worse yet, reports the Chicago Tribune, the money "would be used almost entirely for a special 'American Masterpieces' program designed to showcase largely traditional visual and performing arts around the country." So they will not just be spending extra money, they will be celebrating stuff that is already supposedly deep in the American grain. So deep, it seems, that it needs government subsidies just like farming and steel-making.
Time to dust off all those old anti-NEA rants.