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Trump’s Budget Calls for Shutting the National Endowment for the Arts

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

“The Budget proposes to begin shutting down the National Endowment for the Arts in 2018, given the notable funding support provided by private and other public sources and because the Administration does not consider NEA activities to be core Federal responsibilities,” says an administration report on the “Major Savings and Reforms” in the budget proposal.

So Long, NEA — It’s a Matter of Principle

Arnold Steinberg, The American Spectator

The NEA is not just about beleaguered painters whose work would never grace his non-egalitarian museum but also about, say, guitar players who are indistinguishable from, well, other guitar players. Bottom line — some artists deserve tax dollars forcibly expropriated from all taxpayers. Could it be that as wonderful as art and music are and how they truly nourish the soul, in a free society, dispensing tainted largesse is not the province of the central government?

Special-Interests=Gov't Behemoth

Barton Hinkle, Reason.com

From farm subsidies to NEA grants, the federal budget is littered with needless programs.