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Nea Axed

A House submcommittee has rejected a group of White House spending initiatives, including an $18-million funding increase for the National Endowment for the Arts. That’s the good news. The bad news, mentioned in this Washington Post story, is that the NEA will now try a different legislative path and try to tack its new money onto a “natural resources” bill. Because, of course, government-funded art is an important natural resource.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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