Sen. Marco Rubio Is an Economic Ignoramus Because He Hates the Arts

It would be nice if we could argue for the arts because, well, they’re the arts: civilization requires at the very least the veneer of acting civilized. However, this is not the 21st century America we have built, so everything has to be justified economically. That’s why Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s recent tweet about President Obama’s recent apology to an arts history professor is so incredibly stupid:

Pathetic Obama apology to art history prof. We do need more degrees that lead to #jobs via @POLITICO for iOS http://t.co/…
@marcorubio

I’ve dealt with this before, but the arts are a significant part of the U.S. economy (boldface mine):

It may not sound like much, but more than one percent of the American workforce is supported by nonprofit arts groups. That means more people make their living from the arts than from accountancy and law. The field of arts employs more people than the nation’s police forces, farms, and fisheries. Arts workers outnumber computer programmers, postal workers, and firefighters. When viewed in the proper context, the number of arts workers is staggering.

Undeniable too is the economic impact of the nonprofit arts sector. Total spending exceeds $53 billion by organizations and $80 billion by audiences. The tax revenues they generate exceed $10 billion for the federal government, $7.3 billion for states, and $6.6 billion for cities and towns.

Those sound like jobs to me.

We are governed by fools and sociopaths.

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2 Responses to Sen. Marco Rubio Is an Economic Ignoramus Because He Hates the Arts

  1. onkelbob says:

    We are governed by fools and sociopaths.

    And it is that way because we are a nation of morons aspiring to be imbeciles. We look to idiots for guidance and elevate fools to demigods.
    BA Art History, MA Interdisciplinary Studies, currently unemployed but working in the frau’s lab as her manager and code monkey.

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