From: Flick Harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Feb 10 2009 - 17:05:51 PST
FYI, the Conservative government here in Canada actually INCREASED
arts funding in the latest budget, despite curdling the blood of
Harper's dyed-in-the-wool supporters.
It's part of his two-part strategy to raise conservative fortunes in
feisty, independent-minded quebec.
Do something to pander to Quebec-sovereignist elements (i.e. declare
that quebec forms a nation, offer to re-balance the federal-provincial
balance of transfer payments).
Do something to infuriate same (mock arts and culture as nothing more
than a bunch of fancy galas, talk about arts and culture in reference
only to your own prime ministerial self being a bad singer at parties,
and cut arts funding).
* * *
Repeat until de-elected.
He's been trying to split the leftist, artsy, intellectual big-city
sovereignists from the rural, conservative, ahem, race-oriented
Unfortunately, both of them support Quebec cultural funding, even if
it's from Ottawa. Backfire!
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On 10-Feb-09, at 4:16 PM, Jim Carlile wrote:
> Dianne Feinstein is the absolute worst. By comparison, Barbara Boxer
> is an absolute saint here in California, yet she is constantly
> ignored by the media in favor of the other one. It just shows how
> FUBAR the whole situation is-- and how biased.
> In a message dated 2/10/2009 7:58:59 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, email suppressed
> Thanks for posting this news. To imagine that Diane Feinstein of
> California and Charles Schumer of New York actually voted to freeze
> the arts out of the Economic Stimulus Package is, as you already
> know too well, simply absurd. I just contacted Schumerís office in
> DC (phone number: 202-224-6542) to voice my anger and inability to
> comprehend Schumerís logic given that just one obvious argument is
> that NYC is a global tourist hotspot because of its arts and
> culture. It took a while to get through, but I did eventually speak
> to a real person who assured me that the Senator is notified about
> every single constituent who contacts his office to demand that he
> reverse his vote.
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