The Corner

Yes, He’s Serious

Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center:

While government bailouts are being offered or considered for financial institutions, the auto industry, homeowners, and so many other needy and worthy sectors, one group is quickly and rather quietly falling apart: our nation’s arts organizations. … We need an emergency grant for arts organizations in America, and we need legislation that allows unusual access to endowments. Washington must encourage foundations to increase their spending rates during this crisis, and we need immediate tax breaks for corporate giving. … As we print billions of dollars in bailout money, isn’t it time to ensure that we are saving our soul as well as our economy.

Will someone please bail out the Detroit Lions, too?

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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