Fuck the National Endowment for the Arts.
I'm an artist.
I think art is great! I love it! I'm super fucking liberal.
But I don't need money from anyone, let alone the government,
to make art.
Without any evidence, I will say this: No great work of art
from the 20th century needed money from the NEA.
But I don't think a person needs or deserves a sabbatical
to do their work either. I say, if you can't do it by your own means,
then fuck it. I'm sure there are exceptions: blah, blah, blah.
I'm mainly talking about poetry and writing. Poets don't
need a grant from the NEA to write poems. And Poetry wouldn't
be better if it got more grants from the NEA.