Cutting Federal Funding for the Arts Wouldn’t Kill Them; Might Make Them Better

How bad is Donald Trump’s budget plan for fiscal 2019? It’s a disaster area, which somehow cuts a lot of little-bitty stuff while growing already-bloated federal outlays from an estimated $4.2 trillion this year to $4.4 trillion next year:

Washington PostGive the president credit, though. He’s diverted attention from his overall increase in spending and gigantic increases in deficits by driving critics crazy with proposed cuts to programs and agencies they love, such as the EPA, the Small Business Administration, food stamps (SNAP), and, of course, the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities (NEH).

From a representative writeup, at Hyperallergic, a newsletter that is “sensitive to art and its discontents”:

[Like last year, the budget plan calls for] eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), among other programs. President Donald

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