Politics suck – give the money to the arts!

Today is election day. Finally. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that it’s here.

I’m generally not a person that gets too involved in politics. I wasn’t even registered to vote until 2004 – I was in that large group of twentysomethings that joined the ranks that year. But now, 6 years later I’m beginning to regret that decision.

I’m completely and utterly disgusted with politics and political campaigns right now. From the phones calls 5 times a days to my cell phone, to the nasty and obnoxious TV ads, to signs everywhere, Facebook postings, to the millions maybe even billions of dollars spent on all of it…

and all I can think about is what would happen if all that money went to the arts.

For the cost of a single prime time campaign ad, I could have a studio built so that I had a place to practice and teach and not disturb the entire neighborhood.

I mean just think for a minute about what millions of dollars (multiplied by how many candidates nation wide?) could do for arts education, performance and rehearsal spaces, art galleries, technology, recording studios…. the possibilities are endless.

The whole political process is depressing. It’s not about the issues or the people anymore, it’s about who can spend the most money degrading and insulting their opponent and name recognition. But for the record, I did vote. I’m just not happy about the process.

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