Shut down the government? They still collect their paychecks. Waste time voting on a Supreme Court upheld law? Doesn't matter, they can waste all the time they want and still get paid. If only the rest of us had such cushy jobs that rewarded us for not doing a damn thing.
It used to be that conservation of our country's natural heritage was a bipartisan national priority. Protecting our imperiled wildlife and other natural resources was not a red or a blue issue, but a consensus issue that reflected and epitomized our core values.
In this time of financial trouble and international turmoil, the arts and the humanities provide more than "enhancement," more than "benefit." They provide insight; they provide incentive; they inspire. They give us answers.