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State Dept. spending $32,000 on ‘social change’ art, poetry in India

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As part of a grant program, the State Department is dropping as much as $32,000 for art shows in India that can include puppet shows and poetry slams. When did puppet shows and poetry readings become the standard for helping people in need? Doc Thompson and the guys looked at the latest example of ridiculous government spending on Tuesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”

Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations are eligible for the grant, which will include $30,000 to $32,000 in funding for “social change” performances, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The “Arts for Social Change” program will include 20 performances discussing “women's empowerment, gender-based violence, environmental awareness and pluralism, tolerance, and inclusion," according to the State Department.

The performances funded through the U.S. embassy in India can be puppet shows, theater performances, film screenings, poetry readings and other “powerful vehicles” to spread social messages among a large group of people.

Doc Thompson wondered if the new slogan for prosperity is “a chicken in every pot, a poetry slam in every community.” The government shouldn’t be spending needlessly when the U.S. is so deeply in debt, but if we must spend, shouldn’t our money go toward actually helping people instead of putting up art exhibits?

“Do you really think that’s the way to help the people of India, to empower women?” Doc asked.

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