Of all the controversial topics I’ve posted on lately, this one will probably cause me to lose about 95% of my readers. Every quilter on Facebook and in blogland seems to be terribly upset about this story. Yes, I think the writer didn’t totally understand the value of quilts or the passion of quiltmakers but want to know what I think? No? Well, I’ll share it anyway!
I don’t think tax payers should be paying for a quilt museum! I don’t think that’s the role of government. Just like I, who could care less about Nascar, or wrestling, or ice fishing, wouldn’t want my tax dollars going to museums for those type activities. For as many things as you can think of, someone probably would love to see a tax payer funded museum to commemorate the history of that activity. It’s just not government’s job . . in my opinion.
When our country is up to its eyeballs in debt to China and each citizen owes almost $52,000 as of this minute, and that includes myself, my husband (for a combined debt of $104,000 between us), as well as my son and his almost 4 month old baby, even some of our very favorite things that are near and dear to our hearts might have to be cut.
I’m one of those weird people who think no one else should have to contribute to the cost of my food, my home, my cell phone, my hobbies.
When I hear folks in an uproar about funding for a quilt museum, here’s how I think about it all. If Vince and I were in debt and couldn’t pay our bills and were having to move out of our home and into smaller, less expensive digs, or even move in with a family member, I would not be squawking about wanting to keep my big sewing room. Cutting back in order for us to get out of debt (we are not in debt!) to me would mean cutting back everything that isn’t necessary for survival.
I assure you, and I’m sure you already know this . . no one out there wants to see anything they love cut but when our country is in the financial mess it’s in — not everything can stay. Every single dime that our government spends means a lot to someone. No one wants to see their own funding cut but cuts do have to be made or this country, as we currently know it, isn’t going to survive. If you don’t believe it, you’re just not paying attention. No one — no individual, no business, no government entity — can spend like there’s no tomorrow, borrow money from folks who aren’t necessarily our friends, and expect to survive.
The quilt museum is a fantastic place and I loved it. I don’t want to see it go but I surely don’t see where the tax payers should be responsible for it. I definitely see value in the quilt museum, but not necessarily value to tax payers. I know that the museum brings in lots of tourism so maybe the Nebraska Tourism Department (if there is one) can fund the cost of the museum. I’m not anti-museum . . I’m just against using tax pay dollars for things the government was never intended to fund, when our country is so much in debt and cuts need to be made and no one wants those cuts to affect their own projects.
That’s my opinion and I don’t apologize for it. I will leave comments open and you’re welcome to respectfully disagree with me. Before you comment . . think about this: Think of something you totally have no interest in. For me, it would be TV and hunting. Think how you would feel to have that much of your tax dollars go to museums for those things.
I know some of you are going to totally miss my point – I just read through all the comments on the article. Please remember — I am NOT anti-quilt museum!!
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