The Administration’s budget is set to defund Leftist propaganda outlets like NPR and PBS.
To defund leftist voices that live on government welfare doesn’t mean that much financially. But it is an important first step.
The Wrap begins the story this way:
President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for complete elimination.
Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, per the Washington Post.
The budget would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums. Additional cuts would affect two tourist mainstays in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.
Of course, the Washington Post source does not try to be so dispassionate. They start their story unapologetically in favor of taxpayers being forced to fund this stuff:
A community orchestra performance, a new work from an emerging playwright, art therapy for a returning veteran, local library classes in Braille, free standardized-test preparation, and Bert and Ernie. Thousands of such programs could be gutted under President Trump’s proposed budget.
The budget plan, which calls for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — also would radically reshape the nation’s cultural infrastructure.
Although the budgets of the four organizations slated for elimination are negligible as a percentage of the larger federal budget, they play a vital role in a cultural economy built on a system of federal stimulus. Federal dollars are used to leverage state, local and private funding that supports a complex network of arts organizations, educational entities, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates.
The term “cultural economy” is contrivance to justify plunder and propaganda. If art therapy works, then it should be funded by the VA. Community orchestras should be funded by the communities. And the Washington Post is pretending that the majority of the spending doesn’t go towards Leftist propaganda.
To defund Leftist agencies like NPR won’t do much to rescue the nation financially. Those things make up a tiny fraction of our budget. But by the same token, when our debt is so dire, the fact that we haven’t been able to defund Leftist hobbyhorses indicated a lack of will to cut anything from the budget.
One thing is important: tax cuts need to happen soon! I’m not interested in seeing the government defend leftist mouthpieces so that it can spend more money elsewhere. No! The government needs to let families keep more of their money so they can contribute to a local orchestra if they want to do so.
Returning the power to the American people means more than defunding programs; it means allowing them to keep the prosperity the government has been draining from them.