Taxpayer dollars that go toward The National Endowment for The Arts:
Approx. $100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars), or about $0.25 (one quarter) per U.S. citizen per year.
Taxpayer dollars that are going toward bailing out banks that engaged in wreckless investment practices:
Approx. $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars), or about $2,500 per U.S. citizen in total.
That means that even if we increased the current budget of the NEA tenfold, it would still take one thousand years to equal this single financial bailout for these banks.
Kind of makes The Waterfalls look like the investment of the millenium.