I don’t proclaim to know anything about the economy. In fact, I don’t understand why we’re giving money to people who lost it (would you hand your kid replacement allowance if they flat out lost theirs or spent it on candy instead of the trading cards or lunch they should have spent it on?). I don’t understand why it’s a crisis right now when layoffs and foreclosures have been happening for years (except attention to it began as a political ploy). I don’t understand why the supposed experts appear to be complete idiots and why those we elect to represent us act like petulant children who will only play the game if it’s played their way. We seem to live in a society that is all or nothing. Being the best or biggest at any cost gains one praise, and being rock bottom or a victim gains one sympathy and aid, but working hard and acting responsibly gets one no kudos and possibly even makes life harder. Nope, I just don’t get it.
OK, got that out of my system. Tangentially, I read this interesting article in Psychology Today (via Susie Monday’s blog) about what we should be spending our tax dollars on. There’s more than one way to skin a cat and although in the short term training for “viable” jobs with the basics of math, reading, grammar, and science are all important, in the long run, well rounded education including all the arts will reach more students and nourish the intellect — making us all richer for the effort.
I also heard this on “All Things Considered” a week or so ago. It made me chuckle. Ah, the irony of being able to make money off one’s art when you’ve got nothing of value to say versus having all kinds of visceral messages to convey yet no patrons to afford it.
*By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on February 11, 2009 – Imagine That!