Dorado2200 (Aug. 20, 2005 07:48 a.m.): "If you want some art, you can just force your slaves to make it for you" is exactly the thinking behind public art. Public art is funded with money that is forcibly taken from citizens.
theprez8686 (Aug. 24, 2005 02:39 p.m.): Ummm ... if I'm not mistaken, kitokaelin, the 13th Amendment outlaws slavery and the 16th Amendment (much to my dismay) gives Congress the power to levy income taxes so I'm not sure how following the written rule of the Constitution conflicts with either banning slavery or taxing income. You may want to actually try reading the Constitution before criticizing.
And as for the 18th century (which you seem to imply was so evil and horrible), you'll forgive me if I think some good things came of it -- namely the establishment of our free Republic, the first to recognize the rights of the individual above the right of the state. As much as you may dislike them, and despite the personal failings that SOME of them had (slavery as one example), America's Founding Fathers were generally some pretty smart, enlightened men with some major accomplishments in government, economics, and science. I'm sorry if that conflicts with your agenda.
KitoKaelin (Aug. 22, 2005 3:45 p.m.): Is there a part of the Constitution about giving corporations massive tax subsidies?
Dorado2200 (Aug. 23, 2005 07:53 a.m.): Nope. And there isn't a part that says corporations, whose shareholders already pay income tax, should be subject to their own special taxes either.
traceyver (Aug. 6, 2005 12:15 p.m.): I hate to say it, but I wonder if he [Stossel] is "on the take" at times. At times, I believe Stossel has conservative politicians in his pocket. Why in the world would he end the art segment sound[ing] like he was griping about politicians who say they don't have enough money but have money for museums to show this kind of art work? Art funding has already been cut enough without Stossel giving anyone another reason to vote for some politician that cares about nothing but corporations. Shame on him!
KitoKaelin (Aug. 8, 2005 8:26 p.m.): "I don't know if he personally is on the take, or if it's ABC in general on the take. The do spread a LOT of misinformation that helps their advertisers. And they spread a LOT of right-wing propaganda.
Theprez8686: (Aug. 15, 2005 5:57 p.m.): I don't know Tracy. Perhaps it's because America's Founding Fathers never once listed giving away taxpayer money to artists and/or art galleries as a function of the federal government?...Article I, Section 8, paragraph 8 of the Constitution reads as follows: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
Feel free to check the Constitution yourself. It's there. I'm not sure how John Stossel asking the federal government to abide by its own Constitution is somehow a Republican or Democrat matter unless you believe that holding a government accountable to its own written law is somehow now a political issue.