A spoils system also accommodates those GOP shibboleths that represent LBJ’s Great Society beyond their usual attack on civil rights, so anything else remotely undermining the US ruling class becomes fair game. Maybe this time around the fiscal hawks get to catch the car they’ve been chasing and eliminate the NEA and NEH. Because obscenity is best left to the White House (MakeAmericaGropeAgain).
Yet there will be no “budget balancing”, probably another MIC war or something resembling it, and expecting arts investment from POTUS45* will be much like the financing of auction art. And more will still be spent on military bands.
But wait, how is it that the Heritage foundation gets to write government policy… see ALEC, as if overwhelming force was the same as choosing easy targets. Like cutting .009% of the Federal Budget does … what?
The Heritage blueprint used as a basis for Trump’s proposed cuts calls for eliminating several programs that conservatives label corporate welfare programs: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The total savings from cutting these four programs would amount to nearly $900 million in 2017.
At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.
At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Conservatives allied with fiscal hawks such as Pence, Paul and the Heritage Foundation say the time is long past due to get serious about cutting the federal deficit.Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.
“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 in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about radically reforming the federal budget,” said Brian Darling, a former aide to Paul and a former staffer at the Heritage Foundation.
David Broder (1992) When Patrick J. Buchanan decided to steal a leaf from Jesse Helms’s playbook and add the anti-pornography theme to his know-nothing campaign against President Bush, the administration’s craven response was to dump Frohnmayer from his job as head of the arts-funding agency. Predictably, the capitulation only encouraged Buchanan to step up his attack on the NEA. And on television last Sunday Republican National Chairman Richard Bond said he might urge the president just to abolish the agency.
Other usually sensible people are saying the same thing. But it’s a bad idea, and if the politicians won`t speak up in behalf of the arts, then maybe a newspaperman has to try.
The NEA spent $175 million last year. That is less than two one-hundredths of 1 percent of the federal budget. Of that sum-which is the most Rep. Sidney Yates of Illinois, the appropriations subcommittee chairman, can get for his favorite agency-only a handful of grants involving a pitiably few thousand dollars have come under fire from NEA`s critics.
(2005) An advisory panel composed of over 100 Republican members of the House of Representatives has recommended ending all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The NEA is the federal government’s chief source of funding for nonprofit theatre groups, dance companies, and arts presenters. The CPB is a major funder of noncommercial broadcast programming of the performing arts.
The Republican Study Committee recommended that the two agencies be eliminated as part of its “RSC Budget Options 2005” report. The 23-page analysis offers cuts in nearly every area of the federal budget, leading to savings of $102.1 billion in fiscal year 2006, five-year savings of $369.9 billion, and a decade’s savings of $949.7 billion.
Presented by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the RSC’s chairman, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the committee’s budget and spending task force chairman, the study indicates that the lost federal funds could be made up through private sources.
Miss Cleo is the only Medium the GOP cares about…
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