But it also spelled the end of Republican involvement in Hollywood. For the first time, liberals finally had an excuse to break relations with the GOP. The liberals who had been advocating such a break now saw their wishes fulfilled, and their cushy executive jobs entrenched. And that’s how things have remained ever since – even though Ronald Reagan went out of his way to help out Hollywood repeatedly with government programs as an old Hollywood guy.
So, is Ryan wrong? No. But Republicans ought to work on re-establishing ties with Hollywood. That means that they should make the economic case to the Hollywood establishment that they can help make the industry flourish. “Hollywood” is now fleeing to Vancouver, to Europe, to Asia. They’re looking for funding everywhere but America. All that can change if we have a thriving economy that encourages investment – even riskier investments like movies and television. The solution for Hollywood doesn’t lie in taxpayer dollars, but in being allowed to keep more of their own.
If conservatives embrace Hollywood again – if they infiltrate the ranks of the executives and make the case not only that there is an unfilled demand for conservative film and TV, but that conservative economic policies overall benefit the industry – Hollywood may finally see a reason to begin moderating. Then we’d get two benefits: a growing Hollywood, and a fairer Hollywood.
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