The arts are an important part of any modern culture. Our government should do more to support this important part of our heritage. The National Endowment for the Arts is seriously under funded. If we want to compete for status in the international community, we should be more committed to the advancement of high culture.
The government doesn't do enough to support the arts. Every year/budget cycle, the arts gets written further out. Other "non-essentials" like scientific research, the National Park Service, and other services also suffer from the current budget situation. Meanwhile, we continue to spend an exorbitant percentage of our country's money on a military that is already too large and costly. Just the money wasted by the military could fund the arts, sciences, and parks for years.