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Obama propaganda: Cut it out

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Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009

As more documents related to an Aug. 10 National Endowment for the Arts conference call surface, the more upset taxpayers should be about public dollars paying for White House propaganda that blurs the line between campaigning and governing.

The call aimed to enlist "artsy" types for the White House's United We Serve effort. Related e-mails obtained by public-interest group Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act paint United We Serve not as just encouraging community service but as an attempt by Obama campaign hands to boost the White House "recovery agenda."

That obvious perversion of NEA's arts-fostering mission led to call organizer Yosi Sergant resigning as NEA communications director. But that fitting outcome must not obscure the larger concern:

Both the call and United We Serve were improper uses of taxpayer dollars that overstepped the boundaries rightly dividing campaigning from governing.

Community service is wonderful. But spending public money to encourage only forms of it that serve White House political ends is despicable.

Still, opponents of the Obama administration can take heart because this sorry episode can only diminish support for -- and increase healthy skepticism about -- its big-government policies.

Congressional de-funding of the NEA should not be far behind.



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