Back in 2000 I heard a news blurb on my car radio that said maintenance workers at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts were paid between two and three hundred thousand dollars a year. I assumed that the duties of a building maintenance worker included keeping the place clean. If so, that’s a lot of dough for cleaning bathrooms. I did not know the exact number of janitors that were earning two hundred large a year, but there were seven buildings under the Lincoln Center umbrella; so I was looking at some serious money in 2000. The article at this link talks about stagehands, etc.: Ahearn: For backstage labor, rich rewards Sunday, November 1, 2009 By James Ahearn http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/68164552.html?page=all Youngsters who might read Ahearn’s piece should immediately see the need for a college education. There has to be a lot of competition for those well-paying jobs; so a master’s degree in the art of cleaning toilet bowls can’t hurt. Democrats created tax dollar funding in varying forms and amounts for every show business entity beginning with funding college drama classes, film schools, etc. I believe the Lincoln Center gets approximately 20 percent of its funding from taxpayers —— taxpayers who will never see the Lincoln Center let alone attend a performance. Worse still, every private donation to the arts is a tax deduction that is passed along to working people. Just so I’m not misunderstood, it’s only fair that entertainment industry luminaries, wealthy Socialists, politicians, etc., have some place nice to go when they don their tuxedos and gowns for yet another evening of blowing smoke up every keister in attendance. Much of that crap is shown on television. The message is: Every American should want to be just like those wonderful people. In truth, freedom-loving Americans are finding it almost impossible to avoid the influence of such people. And it would really be too painful to learn that taxpayers pay to make all of those awards; around 400 different show business awards annually. If you know for certain that tax dollars pay to manufacture all of those statuettes, plaques, and whatnots show business hands out please don’t tell me. It is the culture of tax dollar artists that is most depressing. Peer approval is everything because they all know they will be paid whether or not the public buys their product. Ticket sales are not important to government artists. Peer approval is all that matters: You love me. I know you love me. Show business consists of many parts, but most people think of movies as the cornerstone of the entertainment industry. Few realize that movies are the contemporary equivalent of the Roman Circuses during the time of the Caesars. Real killing was used to numb Rome’s citizenry. Fictional killing on film accomplishes the same thing although Hollywood doesn’t butcher animals in its games as did the Romans. Hollywood’s Caligulas concentrate on slaughtering people. Also note that dancing has become choreographed violence in movies. Many moviegoers who would not watch Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for five seconds can’t get enough of violent martial arts killing and brutality in dance scenes. Censoring celluloid bloodbaths won’t work because then the movie-going public will be left with the touchy-feely heartwarming movies which do far more harm to the soul than do the bloodbaths. There are a few ——very few —— movies that qualify as pure entertainment containing no message worth mentioning. Simply put: Not enough creative people work in the movie industry who can supply the pure entertainment merchandise needed to keep movie theaters open seven days a week, or fill the shelves in video rental stores. Keeping movie theaters open is the main reason so much crap is produced every year. Crap and propaganda of one kind or another is the stuff that replaces the absence of entertainment. Unfortunately, it is usually Socialist propaganda that is most-often manufactured by the kissy-kissy brigade in Hollywood. Once upon a time in Tinseltown there lived a movie studio mogul who said, “If you want to send a message, call Western Union.” Nowadays, Hollywood sends more Socialist advocacy messages than Western Union could ever handle. Also, the accepted image of slavery can be laid at Hollywood’s door. That image contributes to contemporary slavery. Cecil B. De Mille, and Hollywood epics in general, instilled the image of the Pharaoh’s soldiers whipping slaves into moving huge stones into place for the latest pyramid. The subliminal message in Hollywood’s image is that government troops are not standing over me with a whip; therefore, I am not a slave. Tax dollar slavery is never mentioned. In truth, few people know the reasons for what happened last week —— never mind the reasons for what happened thousands of years ago; so how the hell does Hollywood know why and how the pyramids were built? Some historians claim that building pyramids were government make-work programs. That view makes a lot more sense to me than the one Hollywood puts forth. Ultimately, slavery of any kind destroys initiative, creativity, and true compassion which is fundamental to the growth of the human spirit; so how can an industry that is such an integral component of the slave-driven welfare state in this country claim to be an industry populated by creative artists? Hollywood’s denizens are about as creative as were the Pharaoh’s troops portrayed in biblical epics. Then there is hard core pornography to consider. There will always be fornication and numerous counterfeits; so there will always be a limited audience for that “art form.” Insofar as mainstream movies go, it can be said with some truth that movies not containing graphic sex scenes are nothing more than pornography for prudes —— show a buxomly female bosom or an ample butt now and then —— just enough to keep Mother Thumb and her four daughters interested —— but don’t go too far. When mainstream movies fad into history because even the prudes don’t want them anymore, hard core pornography will still be selling. I’ll bet you that Hollywood’s spokespersons never mention that bit of truth when they testify before a Congressional Committee about their artistic contributions to civilized society. Don’t ever expect the media, print or electronic, to criticize Hollywood. Just look at the amount of tax deductible advertising dollars Hollywood spends to promote their latest product model. Newspapers and TV stations would be foolish to jeopardize that income. Hollywood gets it from the tax collector —— the media gets it from Hollywood —— and everybody involved smiles all the way to bank. Everybody, that is, except people who can do without Hollywood’s product. Since I’ve criticized it’s only right that I at least offer a solution that will curtail, or possibly stop, the damage Hollywood is doing. Take every form of government funding away from the entertainment industry; including TV’s tax deductible advertising dollars. That includes subsidies paid to Public Television, and Public Radio. My suggestion will not amount to censorship, but it will hamper attempts by social engineers to micro manage every facet of American life with the help of propaganda tax dollars. Just to stress the point one more time: I’m not advocating censorship, I’m talking about funding. Let show folk say anything they want to say —— just don’t force everybody to pay for it. Finally, show folk are determined to label their efforts an art form. Having that definition accepted is essential whenever “artists” descend on Washington trying to justify their spot at the trough. Everyone knows about the “show” in show business, but how many people know about the business? The brief article in part two is the latest plea for funding. The new sales pitch ties funding the “arts” to the disabled, to intellectual property, to driving the economy, and even to claiming the iPod as one of their own. I don’t suppose it ever occurred to them that they should find another line of work to support themselves when they can’t sell enough tickets for their particular schtick. That’s exactly what us poor plebeians have to do.