No one with integrity who cares about the arts should have a relationship with this propaganda channel.
Seriously tho, here's the deal... Pig Iron theatre (besides being awesome!) employs X number of people. If they cannot continue to do shows up to the standards of quality their audience expects, they will close, and employ 0 people. Money that allows them to do their shows up to the standards of quality their audience expects enables them to stay open which saves jobs. If they can't employ good people (the grant went to save a job), they won't be able to do good work. What Pig Iron does is hard, and involves special skills, not everyone could do it.
Furthermore, it's worth noting that the $25K that the Minneapolis Puppet Theatre got might sound "silly" to a grandstanding blowhard like John McCain, but that money wasn't for actor salaries or operating costs. It was for manufactured goods like paper. What that means is that $25K goes immediately into the local economy. $25K of paper is a lot of fucking paper. It will help save someone's job. It will help keep local GDP up. And in the meantime, theatre companies will be able to stay open and in business partially because of the grant, which in turn will spur more economic activity. In Pig Iron's case, it did, in fact, save a job. Which is what it's supposed to do.
Now Arts Council Philadelphia: Can you get someone with a spine to appear on Fox News? When the first thing out of your mouth is "We had nothing to do with this" you've conceded the opposition's point immediately. He seemed completely unprepared!