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Let's Cut Some Spending: $2 million for Walt Disney's original cartoon studio

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Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.

In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.

Today’s offering: $2 million for Walt Disney's original cartoon studio!

KMBC reports:

A piece of Kansas City history is about to get new life.
Walt Disney opened his Laugh-O-Gram cartoon studio at 31st and Troost in the 1920s.
It happened long before he built his empire that went worldwide.
The building has sat empty for decades, but that’s about to change.
U.S. House Rep. Emanuel Cleaver announced Wednesday the non-profit group, Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. is getting a $2 million grant to bring the building back to life.
Cleaver, who was also the former Mayor of Kansas City, said the city has to do what it can to honor one of its most famous residents.
'I think it would be malfeasant if Kansas City did not have some visible tribute to one of its most significant citizens,' Cleaver said.

Wanting to honor a famous resident and his earliest work is completely understandable.

But why is this funding coming from taxpayers nationwide? We're using federal funding for THIS?

They honor baseball legend Babe Ruth in New York - but no one from Missouri should be expected to pay for it. They honor football legend Bear Bryant in Alabama - but no one in Oregon should be expected to pay for it.

There really is no end to what Washington thinks OUR tax dollars should go toward.


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