Hightower: Dan Quayle's Museum

Just when you think hypocrisy cannot possibly stoop any lower, along comes DQ. No, not Dairy Queen, though he is a bit of a dip: I'm talking about Dan Quayle -- the very politico who's made his career by denouncing "Big Government Spending" and calling for privatizing every government function there is -- except draft deferments, of course. So guess who has just received two of those nasty Big Government grants from Washington? Danbo! Or, more specifically, "The Dan Quayle Center and Museum" in Huntington, Indiana, featuring such educational exhibits as Dan's high school sweater. It has just been announced that this Shrine to Quaylism is the recipient of a little dollop of your and my tax dollars, courtesy of a federal agency called the Institute of Museum Services. Never mind that, as Vice President, the Quaylester wailed loud and long against the evils of Washington subsidizing such cultural institutions, claiming it subverts local initiative and control. Why, he even penned a newspaper column this very year demanding the privatization of the National Endowment for the Arts. So what does Dan now say about his museum so cravenly seeking and accepting such funding form the feds? Nothing. He's refusing to talk to the press. But his spokesman has tried desperately to draw a long, squiggly line between what Dan says... and what he does: Weeelllll, you see, this isn't NEA funding, which Mr. Quayle definitely opposes and would never apply for, this is federal museum funding, don't you see, which is not part of the NEA, so therefore yadda, yadda, yadda... Instead of cashing that check they took from us taxpayers, wouldn't it be more appropriate for the Quayle Museum to frame it, along with a copy of Danbo's newspaper column, and exhibit it as a tribute to his rank hypocrisy? Now I'd pay to see that!

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