Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Moore's Unfounded Arts Claim

Dennis Moore, who has had problems with the truth during recent campaigns, recently wrote a column alleging an insanely high return on government investment in the arts:

"The numbers are impressive. For every $1,000 spent annually by a non-profit art business, the community reaps three full-time jobs with $90,554 in annual household income, an additional $2,623 in annual revenue for local governments and $3,479 for state governments. Specifically, a 2004 study to assess the effect of the non-profit arts industry on the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area found that the industry generated $297 million annually, created 4,516 full-time jobs, and drew $3 million in revenue for local governments. These numbers reflect only the direct economic benefits."

In the article Moore references an unnamed study from an unnamed source as the source for his claim.

Local Radio talk show host Jerry Agar reported that he called Moore's office and asked for a copy of the unnamed study Moore refers to in the article. Despite being told by Moore's staff that they would produce the unnamed study, 24 hours later Agar had not received the unnamed study.

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3 Comments:

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing the job that's apparently too hard for our lazy eastern Kansas reporters.

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

somehow the Sun missed that one, maybe because it is bad for Moore

 
At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just part of a growing trend to mask the arbitrariness of one's minority personal tastes and preferences with false "proof" of some fabricated study. If you want to say "I love art and I love spending the people's money on something they may not want. I don't care what the cost-benefit is", that's fine. If you instead lie and claim "There is objective evidence supporting the enormous economy-wide dividends of this tiny and senseless investment" it only serves to forstall any disagreement and is just inherently dishonest.

 

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