Yes, our tax $$$. Hard at work.
The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds to buy a sculpture for the new American embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan….
Officials explained the decision to purchase the piece of art, titled “Camel Contemplating Needle,” in a four-page document justifying a “sole source” procurement. “This artist’s product is uniquely qualified,” the document explains. “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country,” it says….
(And, as Buzzfeed points out, the average annual income in Pakistan is about $1,250.)
Steven Beyer of Beyer Projects, the art dealer for the project… points out that while some Americans may find it frivolous for the government to pay for art, others will find it important. “It depends on what part of the public you are in,” he said. “If you go to the museum and enjoy art and are moved by it, things cost what they cost.”
Translation: If you object to the purchase, you’re just part of the Great Unwashed, Bitter-Clingy Gun-Totin’ Crowd.