Yesterday, Scott Johnson at Powerline
reported that the NEA homepage "Health Care Resource" link took you to the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC), whose own homepage urged artists to "get involved in the health care debate," contact Congress and "demand affordable-guaranteed insurance."
I grabbed some screen shots, did some digging
and discovered that the AHIRC was created by The Actors Fund with a grant from the NEA and is a 501(c)(3), which means, according to the IRS, they...
...may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
Well, what a difference a day makes. Not only has the NEA completely removed the link to what was essentially a lobbying demand for health care reform, but the AHIRC did a little scrubbing of their own to nudge the rhetoric closer to 501(c)(3)-ey territory...
Yesterday at the NEA:
Today at the NEA:
Yesterday at AHIRC:
Today at AHIRC:
Is this how our government works? Without a word, the NEA, an agency that survives off our hard-earned tax dollars, is just allowed to disappear
a direct link to a 501(c)(3) organization (started with a grant from the NEA!
) that until yesterday seemed to exist only for the sole purpose of violating the very first law of a 501(c)(3)?
Every desperate artist looking to the NEA for practical health insurance guidance was told to shill for health care reform (the NEA didn't even have the decency to recommend they dial 9-1-1 in case of emergency) and the only consequence is that someone whose salary is paid for by our tax dollars had to set aside the shovel they were leaning on or put down the Crucifix they were about to dip in piss
or pull the bullwhip out of their butt
long enough to give some bureaucrat an order to "memory-hole" this stuff?
Or maybe this is Yosi Sergant's new job
. He was "reassigned" as the new NEA Compliance Officer and runs around with a clipboard covered in Obama Hope
stickers, the Chairman's factless Fact Sheet
, and strict orders to erase everything before the mainstream media learns how to feel shame again.
Overnight *blink* gone -- as though we're going to forget.
Only the Federal Government could creep me out and insult my intelligence at the same time.
*My thanks to our own John Simpson for the tip on the NEA site change.