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President Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate nearly all the federal government's discretionary spending in the next ten years in an effort to help reduce our national debt. However, cutting funding for the programs Trump has chosen does far more to undermine democratic ideals than it does to save money.

Seventeen programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are all on the chopping block. These programs do important work for our nation, like funding services for veterans, supporting local artists' projects, and financing research for museums, colleges, and libraries [1]. They also provide jobs and other important resources for many Americans [2].

Collectively, these three organizations cost each American only $2.29 per year and have a total budget of $745 million [3], which is less than a tenth of a percent of the federal government's annual spending [4]. These cuts would be just a drop in the bucket—and at a huge price for Americans.

The Association of Art Museum Directors has issued a statement saying the NEA and NEH's funding is "modest" but an "invaluable" investment nonetheless. "It is the mark of a great democracy to support the arts, which are an expression of what makes us human" [5].

It is time to stand up for the arts. It's time to make it clear that the American people is not interested in making small dents in the national debt at the expense of so much important research and so many public services and grants.

Sign to tell President Trump and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget to find somewhere else to cut spending and leave the arts alone.

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Dear President Donald Trump and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget,

While the federal government's spending and the national debt undoubtedly need to be reduced, cutting funding for the arts is not the appropriate way to go about it. The programs you have proposed to cut are already poorly funded, while the military and other programs have monstrous budgets that only continue to grow.

Taking funds from organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will barely make a dent in the national debt, but it will be a huge setback for the nation in terms of research and other beneficial programs.

It's time for you to find somewhere else to cut spending and leave the arts alone. I demand that funding for the NEA, NEH, CPA, and other arts organizations be left in place.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jun 18, 2018 Darrin Bower
Jun 17, 2018 MaryLynn Michaelis
Jun 17, 2018 Isabel Berning
Jun 16, 2018 Rebecca Glass
Jun 16, 2018 Rebecca Holzer
Jun 12, 2018 felipe guillen cutting arts programs will increase violence its a scientific fact.thanx trump the genious
Jun 11, 2018 raphael balboni
Jun 11, 2018 j GARCIA
Jun 7, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Jun 5, 2018 Katherine Ransier
Jun 4, 2018 Marie Boyle
Jun 4, 2018 Leslie Poms
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2018 Jan Salas
Jun 3, 2018 Carola Roy
Jun 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2018 kristen rangel
Jun 3, 2018 Deborah Schechter
Jun 3, 2018 Abigail Brill
Jun 3, 2018 Marilyn Snyder
Jun 2, 2018 Lynn Mattson
Jun 2, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Jun 2, 2018 c. martinez
Jun 2, 2018 Terri Texcell
Jun 2, 2018 Mariana Varela
Jun 2, 2018 Shadoe Drury
Jun 2, 2018 Leslie Ryan
Jun 2, 2018 Carrie Phyliky Rimes
Jun 2, 2018 Matteo Sisti
Jun 2, 2018 Carole Klumb
Jun 2, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 2, 2018 Gemma Eggleton
Jun 1, 2018 Gordana Milic
Jun 1, 2018 koenraad semnck
Jun 1, 2018 Jesus Montealegre
Jun 1, 2018 Nadine Alfonso
Jun 1, 2018 Jennifer Piche
Jun 1, 2018 D Shinn
Jun 1, 2018 Heather Simons
Jun 1, 2018 Ronit Corry
Jun 1, 2018 Janet Almond
Jun 1, 2018 Sue Hall
Jun 1, 2018 Dana Sklar
Jun 1, 2018 Sally Etcher
Jun 1, 2018 Lisa Roof
Jun 1, 2018 Linda Takata
Jun 1, 2018 Cindy Shoaf
Jun 1, 2018 William Busi
Jun 1, 2018 Heather Tausig

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