As bad as the Acorn scandal is for Obama, this one seems to implicate him more directly. The voices (and what they said) on an August 10th conference call is at the heart of the matter. Like Acorn, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) receives taxpayer dollars. Unlike Acorn, the NEA appears to have spokespeople on tape saying they're taking direction from the White House.
According to Big Hollywood:
The NEA and the White House did encourage a handpicked, pro-Obama arts group to address politically controversial issues under contentious national debate. That fact is irrefutable.What? That would mean that a group subsidized by taxpayer dollars is actively promoting the agenda of a president who is fighting tooth and nail to keep a 50% approval rating. That would almost necessarily mean that 50% of the people in this country would disapprove of their tax dollars going toward pushing that agenda, right?
Key person in the conference call is named Buffy Wicks (pictured), Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement (whatever that is).
Much of the talk on the conference call was a build up to what the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was specifically asking of this group... Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, clearly identifies this arts group as a pro-Obama collective and warns them of some “specific asks” that will be delivered later in the meeting.Not specific "acts". Specific "asks" (I guess there's no real difference) but here is part of what she said.
“I’m actually in the White House and working towards furthering this agenda, this very aggressive agenda.”So she's working in the White House, getting my money and working toward forwarding an agenda I completely disagree with?!
Later in the call, “specific asks” were delivered by Yosi Sergant, then Communications Director of the National Endowment for the Arts. What were the “asks”? They were for this pro-Obama arts group to create art on several hotly debated political issues, including health care.So not only are my tax dollars going toward an agenda I fundamentally disagree with but they're going to an agenda that is using those dollars to fight an agenda I support - namely, defeating the one I'm funding!
Here are some of Yosi's asks:
“I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment, you know, there’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service.”Hey Yosi, what exactly gives you the right to use my money for your causes?
“And then my ask would be to apply artistic, you know, your artistic creative communities utilities and bring them to the table.”
“Again, I’m really, really honored to be working with you; the National Endowment for the Arts is really honored.”
“You’re going to see a lot more of us in the next four and hopefully eight years.”
Rock the Vote, another participant on the call, announced a health care design contest. “We can’t stand by and listen to lies and deceit coming from those who are against reforming a broken system,” they stated in their announcement. “Enough is Enough. We need designs that tell the country YES WE CARE! Young people demand health care.”Again, there's something fundamentally wrong with Yosi's indignation when he is using my money to fight the source of that indignation which actually happens to be me. This is personal when my dollars are used to fund my own defeat. I'm not saying that's what is happening but it sure looks like it.
This practice has never been the historical role of the NEA. The NEA’s role is to support excellence in the arts, to increase access to the arts, and to be a leader in arts education. Using the arts to address contentiously debated issues is political subversion. And the fact that the White House played a role in encouraging the arts to address contentious issues should also be considered a government overreach.Be sure to read the entire BIG HOLLYWOOD report, which also includes the audio from Buffy, Yosi, and Skolnick.
By the way, regarding the audio, once you understand the Alinsky model that your people must enjoy any tactic you choose to implement, you'll understand that Buffy, Yosi, and Skolnick are being played. As Alinsky said, "if your pepole aren't having a ball doing it, there's something very wrong with the tactic."
As you listen to the exuberance in the voices of the conference call participants, it becomes readily apparent that they LOVE the tactic Obama appears to have chosen - using them to further his agenda.
h/t to DOUG ROSS