Would cutting federal arts funding hurt American culture — or make it even stronger?

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  • IceCreamGhost Sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2017 1:51 a.m.

    Well the arts is only 0.004 percent of the budget.
    So this is a bit like clipping your toenails to lose weight but whatever.

    It smells a bit like political theater aimed at getting the fiscal conservatives something to cheer over.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    Feb. 15, 2017 5:01 a.m.

    If you are happy with programs like Real Housewives of Atlanta or The Bachelor or WWF, then by all means, slash funding for the arts. Because those programs are commercially viable and will survive any cuts just fine.

    If you think it's important to have an option to see an opera or a ballet like Swan Lake, or listen to the symphony, then you might want to preserve federal funding for the arts. The Met in New York and the Boston Symphony might make it, but classical music and ballet in smaller cities are in trouble and will not survive federal cuts.

    I personally don't want see our artistic heritage hewn down so we can save what amounts to pennies in the federal budget.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2017 3:18 p.m.

    The first question must be: "Can we continue to spend more than we take in, when we are already $20 trillion in debt?"

    Obviously we cannot.

    Then the questions becomes "What must we cut as the least important things were are spending on?"

    National defense, welfare, border security, cancer research, prisons, Social Security, Medicare? Medicaid, congressional pensions, Public Broadcasting, research in the mating habits of insects? The "arts," climate change, FEMA, weather and hurricane forecasting, historic preservation, farm subsidies, National Parks, and thousands of other things?

    Not everyone's pet project can be funded, so someone will be unhappy, but we must make serious cuts and not pretend that we can spend borrowed money forever. Tough choices must be made.

    Sorry, the "arts" cannot be funded until our debt is totally repaid. Apply again after that happens.

    Demand politicians make the same choices you do when faced with $1,000 monthly income and $1,500 monthly spending. Stop deficit spending, pay your bills!

    Politicians should have to listen to financial guy Dave Ramsey on the radio!

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2017 10:46 a.m.

    There needs to be across the board budget cuts to begin with. After that perhaps some parts of the budget need to be trimmed more than others. Perhaps NEA does need to be eliminated. Perhaps some other programs should be eliminate too.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Feb. 13, 2017 9:58 a.m.

    American culture is transforming.

    Music and art is not the same as a few decades ago.