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Sunday, October 21, 2007

The GOP is KILLING My Buzz, Man!

Hippies used to say "If you remember Woodstock, you weren't really there". Republicans say Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer can forget about getting $1 million in taxpayer funds for a Woodstock museum. The Democratic senators from New York want to earmark the federal money for a museum that would commemorate the 1969 music festival in their state.

"Woodstock Museum is a shining example of what's wrong with Washington on pork-barrel, out-of-control spending," said John McCain, adding "do NOT look at the bill for the Iraq war, which is NOT out of control or unjustified - and that's why I'M behind it 100%".

The Woodstock museum, officially called the Museum at Bethel Woods, is due to open next year. Bethel was the upstate New York village where organizers eventually put on the three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair, featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Band and others. The museum is part of a larger development that includes a 16,800-seat amphitheater and is called the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts. It was opened in 2006.

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Blogger Vic DeMize said...

I like the idea of a Woodstock commemorative museum, but I'm diametrically opposed to legislative add-ons. If the requisition for funds can't stand on its own and get passed in a predominantly liberal congress (especially one where most members are of the right age to "not remember" Woodstock, perhaps it shouldn't happen.

Also, has anyone in favor of the proposal considered the "star power" that could be wielded by an endorsement campaign to raise the money from the private sector? If Clinton and Schumer were to appear in an ad campaign (along with some of the surviving acts that performed there) I can't really imagine corporate sponsors not lining up to get their name on the project.

title="comment permalink">October 22, 2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I tend to agree with ya, Vic. It just seemed silly and trivial for folks who spend billions on a daily basis to quibble over a lousy million.

title="comment permalink">October 22, 2007 7:04 PM  

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