Monday, April 4, 2011

Maine's Labor Mural Disappears Over Weekend

Maine's Labor Mural Disappears Over Weekend:

"Controversy surrounds a mural depicting labor history of Maine. Gov. Paul LePage ordered the mural removed from a lobby of the state's Department of Labor, saying it made business interests uncomfortable. Well, the 36-foot mural vanished over the weekend."

I'd like to add to the controversy by asking why the U.S. taxpayer paid $60,000 for this mural in the first place.

While not being surprised at the usual snarky reporting from Maine Public Radio and National Public (?) Radio, I'm disappointed that the obvious question wasn't raised: Why are the taxpayers of this great country paying for artwork for state buildings? If the good people of Maine want artwork for their buildings, they ought to pay the freight and not rely on money extorted from the U.S. taxpayer.

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