Should taxpayer dollars fund the arts? | The Tylt

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President Trump's new budget proposal cuts all funds for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The NEA has been a lightning rod for controversy since the '80s; critics call it "welfare for artists" and say spending taxpayer money on the arts is a luxury we can't afford. Others argue arts funding is a tiny fraction of the federal budget, and that culture matters as much as defense does. What do you think? 🎭 🎨 📖

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The amount of money we allocate for the NEA and the NEH is already laughably small:

When it comes to federal spending, it's clear that the Trump administration values spending approximately $100 million on one F-35A fighter jet, compared to $148 million on all the arts programs in the United States for a whole year.
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But for others, it's the principle, not the amount of money. They feel the government simply has no business funding the arts and humanities.

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The U.S. spends far, far less on arts funding than our European counterparts do. Per capita, our National Endowment for the Arts spends 1/40th of what Germany spends on the arts. And many argue the arts are not a nice extra—they are central to what makes us human.

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Opponents of arts funding say the NEA is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

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But supporters point to other expenditures of the Trump Administration (having his wife live in New York City rather than Washington DC, trips to Mar-A-Lago) as evidence that these cuts aren't about saving taxpayer dollars.

FINAL RESULTS
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Should taxpayer dollars fund the arts?
A festive crown for the winner
#DontCutArtsFunding
#PayForYourOwnArt