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Exploris is a non-profit museum in downtown Raleigh “dedicated to promoting global understanding” (News & Observer, 11-14-05).

How is it doing that? By showing “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

And who paid for Exploris’ IMAX movie theatre? Well, taxpayers. By giving the museum $11.9 in tax money to build it and an annual subsidy of $1.7 million.

That’s our tax money at work.

Meantime, local theatres will be promoting ‘global understanding’ at no cost to the taxpayers by showing “Harry Potter and the Circle of Fire” on their own nickel.


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One comment on “Harry Potter Promotes Global Understanding?

  1. cwrenn says:

    And Carter, even your Republicans – like Harold Brubaker when he was Speaker – helped continue the massive taxpayer support of Exploris.

    So why not bash your own people for their efforts.

    It was Harold Brubaker that also participated in the ’slush funds’ during his time as Speaker. DOT ’slush funds’. And wasn’t it Harold Brubaker and his band of cronies that tried to use undo pressure on campaign contributors – ie, farmers?

    Just how much PORK was contained in the four budgets produced during the Republican’s time of terror when they had control of the State House?

    It’s amazing how the Republicans, like Jack Hawke, Ed McMahan, Harold Brubaker, Don Beason and others, have such short-term memory skills.

    And these are the same people that want to talk about ethics?

    Throwing rocks in glass houses certainly create huge cracks.

    (I am not a supporter of taxpayer financed projects like Exploris – but I do want to make sure that the finger pointing goes in both directins.)

    Comment by Abe — November 18, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

    Seems like if Exploris can make money off of Harry Potter to help the rest of the museum with its mission that is not a bad trade-off.

    Comment by Justin — November 20, 2005 @ 10:39 pm

    Justin, what if you were required to reimburse the theatre owner for his losses due to this state-sponsored competition? Would you still think it was not a bad trade-off? Would you think it was fair, you being picked at random to pay out of pocket for someone else’s idea of the public good? That’s essentially what’s happening to the theatre owner.

    Comment by Jim Stegall — November 21, 2005 @ 2:32 pm

    How long has Exploris been around? Is it not time for the organization to make it on it’s own -rather than continue to feed off the public?

    I am tired of my tax dollars going to pork projects.

    Republicans were masters of pork when they were in power – just like the Dems. The State Budget should be stripped of pork and special projects.

    Comment by Abe — November 26, 2005 @ 9:05 am

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