Christmas came early this year for quite a few "artists," courtesy of the American taxpayer.
The National Endowment for the Arts released its latest round of grants recently, and, as usual, they’re flushing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars down the drain.
The American people are paying for a Macbeth play featuring zombies, cowboy poetry, a play about privilege, and a traveling gay men’s chorus. Taxpayer dollars are also going to Monique Jenkinson, a “feminist, postmodern, improvisational dance” artist whose drag queen alter ego “Fauxnique” received funding last year for a performance titled “Gender in Transition.”
The grants from the National Endowment for the Arts comprise a small percentage of the $20 trillion national debt. But when a family of four is thousands of dollars in debt, do they waste even one dollar on frivolous, ridiculous expenditures? If they’re taking their situation seriously, they wouldn’t dream of it.
The $595,000 wasted on cowboy poetry and plays about privilege prove that our federal officials aren’t taking the national debt seriously. If they were, they wouldn’t waste one more dollar on needless expenditures.
That’s why an Article V Convention of States is necessary for our country’s fiscal security. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that force the feds to appropriate money responsibly.
But these amendments go beyond a simple balanced budget amendment. Convention delegates can also propose amendments that limit taxation, clarify the Commerce Clause, and specify what the feds can and cannot spend money to do. This complete package of amendments would mandate fiscal responsibility from Washington and secure our financial stability for generations to come.