18 Days: It’s Bloody Time to Hear
For more than a week now, we’ve been hearing the same old line from those collecting our money: “We’re more than a third of the way there.”
That’s all we get to know after 27 days since the announcement of the sale? Who is giving? Silence on that one. How many of us have chipped in? No word. Is interest rising, steady or flagging? Zip in the detail department.
So, officially, we know there’s more than $22,666,666 in the pot. But that leaves us with a $45 million hole — and a lot of unconfirmed buzz.
And some of that buzz is quite interesting. We hear that Bill Gates has been involved in the negotiations offering a loan, not a donation. We hear that Senator Specter and Gov. Rendell are going to (metaphorically) lock arms in front of the painting. We hear that some of those now leading the effort to retain The Gross Clinic knew it was being sold before Jefferson’s announcement — and chose to do nothing. And we hear something that we have not heard until today — that the painting is not leaving town.
We’ve said it before: this is a cause being taken up by thousands of regular folk and the ultimate decision is in the hands of a few billionaires. So be it. We couldn’t do it without them. But they wouldn’t care to do it without us.
What do we get in return? Information that was old a week ago. It’s bloody time we hear more. The facts – not the buzz.