This morning I read, as I always do, the Daily Shot. And as always I enjoy it. Well written, informative and humorous. I have quoted from it many times to friends, always giving credit and encouraging visits to Ricochet.
I did think that in one place this morning that it was not quite a bull’s eye: And, since it reminded me (legitimately or not) of shrieks I have heard from some that are, shall we say, a bit less conservative than yours truly, I came straight here.
Trump has proposed eliminating, among other things, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Now in the interest of full disclosure, I have several relatives supported in part by these programs. I have enjoyed some programs funded in part by the CPB and the NEA.
Some are horrified that anyone could even dream of removing Federal funding for these hallowed programs. I, on the other hand, laugh in delight. I do not believe the Feds should force me to support art that isn’t, humanities that are anti-human, or the broadcast of propaganda from the right or the left.
Daily Shot – and many others – sound like, because these programs are such a trivial slice of the budget, and since Trump’s proposed budget doesn’t touch entitlements, it doesn’t matter if we leave these things in the budget or not. It may be that I’m interpreting incorrectly, or that I’m reading between the lines something that simply isn’t there, but what I think I read bothers me. Because if we can’t cut these nickel and dime programs, how will we ever cut the big budget items? Some of us object to the basic principle of Federal assistance for these things. Some of us also object to the basic principle of Federal provision of retirement and welfare programs. Should we wait until we can get rid of it all before we eliminate any of this stuff? May it never be. The list of programs Trump has proposed cutting ought not, in my opinion, be any sort of Federal program. The list of programs ought to be miles longer. Let’s eliminate them all, great or small. Let us start somewhere, anywhere, please!