Cut, Cut: President Trump Wants to Stop Federal Funding for the Arts

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

As I’ve said before…I’ve tried to remain unbiased.

I’ve even tried to give President Trump the respect of the office of the Presidency. I’ve thought about “giving him a chance.” And don’t get me wrong…if he proves me wrong in my low expectations of his ability to lead us, I’ll give credit where credit is due.

But as I felt when President Trump instituted his first controversial Muslim Ban, I cannot just sit by and pretend to be “okay” with the fact that President Trump is proposing to end federal funding for arts –- specifically public broadcasting, which includes the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the parent company of NPR and PBS.

Additionally, President Trump is calling for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of his first federal budget plan.

While this issue could be controversial for many millennials, it is highly personal for me. I’ve been an “arts kid” since I was young –- it comes with being highly sensitive, and as I mentioned in my post on what it’s like to be an only child, I discussed how singing and acting far outweighed sports in my personal scale of importance.

Although my own theatrical and musical pursuits won’t necessarily be hindered by the potential lack of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, it’s the first step toward the already low regard for the arts across the country. During my high school years, sports often took precedents even over academics –- forget about the arts. The arts afforded me a medium in which to flourish. It’s not necessarily about this lack of funding at the present but what it represents, and what it will represent going forward. It’s a sure-fire gateway to “if President Trump says the arts aren’t important, he must be right.”

And on the combined topic of PBS and NPR…who in our millennial generation didn’t watch Mister Rogers? Who didn’t love hearing the adventures of Daniel Striped Tiger and King Friday? Thank goodness Sesame Street has moved to HBO…they beat the rush out of town. Insert eye-roll emoji here.

As far as NPR, we’d lose an educational resource that holds a legacy since its establishment in 1971. And you don’t need to purchase Sirius/XM to have access to it. Regardless of your opinion of the apparent political leanings of NPR, we would still experience the loss of a resource.

I’ll admit, I’m not a budget person (I very much use our finance cheat sheet to help with my own money). I don’t profess to have the answers to the questions surrounding federal budget plans –- written by President Trump or those before him.

But…there has to be another place in the plan where funding can be cut and President Trump and his band of “advisors” can find more money. Maybe they could have used all of that money they have wasted on racial profiling through the Muslim Ban? Just a thought.


Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.