Well, Donald Trump gets sworn in today.
Yesterday's political-news leak was that his proposed budget cuts spending for the Arts and Humanities to $ 0.
The HillAlexander Bolton reports that Brian Darling, a former Heritage Foundation staffer now a Paul Ryan aide, said about this budget:
"The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and
targeting waste like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be a good first step ..."
Sure, every civilization up till today has created its Great Public Art - pyramids, Versailles, operas, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Bolshoi Ballet, Muppets - art that survives its era and glorifies it. Historically, it is Art that makes a civilization remembered as great.
Or remembered at all.
But that junk's all "waste" so why should the United States of America spend a nickel?
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The Washington Post has a good article on the stupidity of this "budget" idea HERE.
Need the dollars and cents? According to the NEA, the arts adds $700 billion - that's $700,000,000,000 - to the American economy every year and employs 5 million Americans. For comparison, the oil and gas industry (as best I can figure out) employs around 2.1 million workers - less than half!
Watch a nice NEA film: