It also goes to show just how underfunded the NEA really is. As a comparison, the Canada Council for the Arts, the roughly equivalent organization up north, has a budget of around $181 million USD--supporting a population a tenth the size. But it's not a one-to-one comparison. Kickstarter funds all kinds of things the NEA doesn't, especially consumer items like the big-money-earning iPod Nano watch kit and this iPhone dock. Kickstarter has very little overhead cost compared to the running of a government agency, and (so far, at least) doesn't have to fight off congressional attacks every few years. And the NEA has very different responsibilities in terms of what it does and does not fund; Kickstarter, for example, is under no obligation to fund traditional or folk artists, and the NEA is unlikely to even attempt to fund your college roommate's documentary about the wild raccoons of Jackson, Mississippi. So it's not entirely fair to plant them side-by-side and shake a finger.