The writers of the stimulus package, apparently...
"None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may be used by an State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool."
A) I'm shocked rich white guys didn't make sure golf courses got a bailout. Low greens fees are expressly covered under 'pursuit of happiness by lying about my score".
B) Swimming pools are germ pits, so who cares?
C) Aquariums and Zoos are not Casinos!!!!
Some poor giraffe won't get his hay because you know darn well Grandma won't be giving up the Riverboat before taking the grand kids to the Zoo.
Guess what? Many U.S. zoos and aquariums were built 75 years ago as a result of Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration package. Now they badly need updating!
Somehow museums found their way into the funding... so where's the justice here? The language barring z&a mysteriously appeared last month in the final draft. Were they seen as a local attraction? Or just not worthy? Zoos are more than recreational activities, and loss of funding precisely when attendance may be down is disheartening.
Call on your Senators to fund these precious resources. I for one will not rest until "No Child Wednesdays" have been subsidized!!