President Trump got right to work on day one of his presidency and one of the things he did was to cancel the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
These two federal programs have been receiving a lot of money, $148 million each in 2016 only.
The NEA has posted on their website an information article, representing themselves as an “independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.”
Donald Trump’s plan was to appoint actor Sylvester Stallone as the head of the agency, but the superstar was not very keen on the idea.
Just as the NEA describes itself above, the NEH states that they are an organisation whose purpose is “promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.”
Four years ago, a report surfaced, showing that the agencies were spending around $1 million on not so necessary projects, such as analyzing the influence of romance in books, films, and other.
Just as an information, a study of French lesbians since World War II was also included in the mission.
Donald Trump now plans on making Corporation for Public Broadcasting private.
This is yet another forced program that is allegedly created “to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content” by “distributing more than 70 percent of its funding to nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.”
Trump’s idea to shut down some of these programs is very similar to a document content that has been obtained by Heritage Foundation in time of last year.
“Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for plays, paintings, pageants, and scholarly journals, regardless of the works’ attraction or merit,” the foundation wrote at the time. “In the words of Citizens Against Government Waste, ‘actors, artists, and academics are no more deserving of subsidies than their counterparts in other fields; the federal government should refrain from funding all of them.’”
Art is an essential part of building and preserving the American culture, so we have to do all right by it in order to protect it.
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