The arts don’t need Trump.
President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for complete elimination.
Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, per the Washington Post.
The budget would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums. Additional cuts would affect two tourist mainstays in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.
As a former museum professional with a Masters within the field, this doesn’t bother me at all. Museums gets most of their money from grants for which they have to apply for each year. That’s why there was an entire eight weeks carved out in my Museum Studies class about writing grants. Anyone who claims Trump is killing the arts is naive. The arts don’t need government funds for museums and most other gains from the government are incredibly small. We’re falling behind in military defense. If we don’t build it up, there won’t be anyone around to defend the art that liberals are so worried about protecting.
Combined, the four arts organizations account for less than 0.02 percent of the U.S. government’s $3.9 trillion budget.
In 2016, the NEA allocated $47 million to 50 states and five jurisdictions, funding that that helped to leverage $368 million from state governments to support arts organizations via more than 24,000 grants, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. In 2015, funding for the NEA was almost one-third what the U.S. budget allocated for military bands.
Republicans have long put the NEA and the CPB in their budget crosshairs. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan attempted to shut down the NEA, but backed down from the plans after a task force including actor and Reagan friend Charlton Heston advised against it. Reagan did, however, make major cuts to the NEA’s budget.
This is the thing that actually does bother me. The God-Emperor has proposed the first truly conservative budget in decades and the neocons are doing everything they can to destroy it. Simply because it’s the God-Emperor that put it forth. The conservatives conserve nothing.
In December, Trump’s staff suggested that the incoming president would consider appointing Sylvester Stallone to head the NEA, though Stallone later declined.
The NEA and the NEH — which supports museums, archives, libraries, and universities — were created in 1965 by Lyndon B. Johnson. “An advanced civilization must not limit its efforts to science and technology alone, but must give full value and support to the other great branches of scholarly and cultural activity in order to achieve a better understanding of the past, a better analysis of the present, and a better view of the future,” according to the congressional act.
Defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is unlikely to cripple either PBS or NPR. NPR received less than 1 percent of its revenue from the CPB, and PBS less than 7 percent, according to data from 2014 reported in the Washington Post.
PBS and NPR have been responsible for spreading some of the most vicious lies imaginable concerning not only the God-Emperor, but the representation of how the American people have felt in recent decades as they were screwed over by the establishment. They engage in far-left wing propaganda and the sooner they’re gone, the better. Unfortunately, they might survive a long time without this funding. But I’m sure they’ll stop at nothing to inform their viewers and listeners that this budget cut will cripple them and the God-Emperor is a monster for putting it forward.
The other thing I’ve seen quite a bit is the complaint that Meals on Wheels and funding for school lunches for the less fortunate children will be cut from the budget. The liberals wasted no time in saying that the God-Emperor is a monster who hates children. The reality is that only 3.3% of funding for these programs comes from the government budget. The rest comes from charities and outside contributions, which are predominantly given by right wingers as conservatives have been proven to give a great deal more money to charities than liberals.