Michael Medved

At first glance, two recent headlines seemed to indicate more irresponsible government spending in the face of catastrophic deficits. “MONTANA: $9.4 MILLION TO PROTECT FLATHEAD RIVER” said the first headline while the other announced, “BLOOMBERG: $32 MILLION TO SUPPORT ARTS.”

But neither of these reports from opposite corners of the country involved a dime of government money: The Montana story concerned private donations to the Nature Conservancy to protect cherished wilderness from mining development, while wealthy New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg committed new millions from his personal fortune, not city funds, to support the arts. He’s already donated at least $200 million to art and social service groups in his city. These two examples show that beautiful things can and do happen—in conservation, creativity and more—without waiting for government action, or adding burdens to taxpayers and public debt. 


Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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