Megan gives us another example of why Thomas Friedman should stick to foreign policy.

She’s struck a chord–68 comments and counting. One of which offers us this tidbit of which I was previously unaware:

If it weren’t for the government subsidized art most historically great societies would have faded into dust by now.

Good thing the Romans had subsidized art. And aqueducts! And sanitation! And roads!

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  1. John Lemon says:

    But not just any subsidized Art (capital A). We’re talking great Art. Like smearing your naked body with baked beans and chocolate pudding, cans of feces, toilet bowls, large umbrellas that kill people, government buildings wrapped in pink saran wrap, and religious figures dipped in urine. Now that’s ART, baby!!

  2. John Lemon says:

    Oh, yes. And comedic Art. What would we ever do as a nation if we didn’t have the insightful musings of “Prarie Home Companion” to guide us through our commodified days?

    Question: Can one get monkeypox from Prarie Home Companion?

  3. James Joyner says:

    Only if the monkeys are above average and live in Minnesota, I think.

  4. Paul says:

    The scary thing is that Kate can vote, drive and presumably breed.