Source: Sherman Publications

My Way
You gotta have art Ė but I donít have to pay for it

by CJ Carnacchio

June 06, 2012

After all these years, I still remember the popular 1980s television commercial for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), which contained the catchy song, ďYouíve Gotta Have Art!Ē

As a little kid, I found it extremely entertaining and even looked forward to it whenever it aired in between reruns of MASH and Happy Days.

But my nostalgia only goes so far.

Itís not going to motivate me to vote Ďyesí on the proposed 10-year, 0.2-mill tax to help support the DIA. When I go to the polls on Aug. 7, I will be voting an emphatic NO and I encourage everyone reading this to join me.

Itís not that I have anything against art. I can appreciate and enjoy good art when I see it. Iím no cretin.

I do, however, have something against funding art as a taxpayer. Thatís simply not my role. That job belongs to private donors and museum patrons.

As a taxpayer, Iíll pay Ė albeit begrudgingly Ė for roads, police, fire, schools, water and sewage systems, etc. Ė the nuts and bolts of government.

But Iíll be damned if Iíll pay a tax to support some museum Iíve never even been to in a city that my family fled because itís a disastrous wasteland run by crooks, thugs and race-baiting poverty pimps who strive to keep the struggling population down in order to maintain their own power, influence and riches.

Iím already paying a property tax to support the Detroit Zoo, which Iíve visited twice in my life. Whatís next if the DIA tax slips by voters? The Detroit Science Center? The Detroit Symphony? The Detroit Opera House?

How much more will you and I be asked Ė and possibly forced Ė to support? Where does it end?

Unfortunately, it never ends when it comes to government and its insatiable lust for our hard-earned money.

Officials and elitists will keep pushing and pushing until they get what they want and weíre paying for everything they desire. Well, I say, ďThe line must be drawn here! This far, no farther!Ē

If the DIA is so valuable and such a worthwhile cause, then let its ardent supporters find other ways to finance it without picking taxpayersí pockets.

Enough is enough.