Bush’s NEA Increase Proposal – Just Hot Air?

George Bush proposes increasing the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts by $18 million. But in arts circles, “suspicion of Bush’s motives, however, is widespread. Why in the world is this president offering a palm frond to the arts, even a modest one, while cutting other domestic programs in a $2.4 trillion budget that’s heavy on defense and military spending and simultaneously aimed at deficit reduction?”