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He Shall, From Time To Time... (1.12)

  • Congressman Burns: Now, the President's proposing in his speech that the budget for the NEA be increased by fifty percent?
  • Toby: The National Endowment amounts to less than 1/100th of one percent of the total budget for the federal government. It costs taxpayers 39 cents a year. The arts budget for the US is equivalent to the arts budget of Sweden.
  • Burns: That is such a big deal being made out of the performance arts, of the
  • Mapplethorpe photographs -
  • Toby: You gay bashing, Raymond?
  • Burns: Well, once again, all we'd like is for you to not mention the NEA.
  • Other Congressman: Personally, I don't know what to say to people who argue that the NEA is there to support art that nobody wants to pay for in the first place. I don't know what to tell people when they say Rogers and Hart didn't need the NEA to write Oklahoma, and Arthur Murray didn't need the NEA to write Death of a Salesman.
  • Toby: I'd start by telling them that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote Oklahoma, and Arthur Murray taught ballroom dance, and Arthur Miller did need the NEA to write Death of a Salesman, but it wasn't called the NEA back then, it was called the WPA.
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