A good friend of mine Antoine Kinch, who is actively working to ensure that Caribbean musicians receive the monetary rewards for their international influence, recently posted a status update on Facebook. He was listening to Pandora and saddened by what he feels is a missing in music today. His post quickly became a plea for arts in schools. In a comment he wrote: "How did they have money for music programs back in the day...?"
To which I replied: "38–44% of tax revenues go to the Department of Defense; that's between $880 billion and $1.03 trillion in fiscal year 2010. (check Wikipedia on this one). Education? $98.2 billion. Our instruments are... guns."