Bitch Magazine: No, Donald Trump Won’t Be Good for the Arts

Published at Bitch Magazine, January 2017.

One of President Trump’s many big promises is slashing government funding—oddly, he’s also promised $1 trillion dollars in infrastructure spending, but it wouldn’t be the first contradiction in his political rhetoric, I suppose. Now, details are emerging on how he plans to do that. In one set of proposed cuts, he’s going straight to one of the most profligately wasteful and extraneous parts of our ballooning budget: The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which consume a whopping 0.006 percent of government spending, or $246 million per year, combined. He also intends to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports both PBS and NPR, saving us another 0.01 percent.

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