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.
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!
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.
American culture is transforming.Music and art is not the same as a
few decades ago.