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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 25, 2018 Samantha Garrison
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2018 Patricia Kaplan
Jun 24, 2018 Kristina Bergström
Jun 24, 2018 Brenda Heinrich
Jun 24, 2018 Joan Hutton
Jun 24, 2018 Amanda Vermillion
Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2018 Nicole Solano
Jun 24, 2018 Penny Gregorio
Jun 24, 2018 Joan Sadlo
Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2018 William Edelman
Jun 24, 2018 Eric Lavoie
Jun 24, 2018 Diane Dillabough
Jun 24, 2018 E.D. Crum
Jun 23, 2018 Abby Bernhardt
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) Oh, please! The government spends more money on unnecessarily redecorating offices than on the arts. I don't care if your chair matches your desk or if you have new fashionable waiting room furniture.
Jun 23, 2018 Julie Craig
Jun 23, 2018 Amy Elston
Jun 23, 2018 Larry Crabtree
Jun 23, 2018 Chelsie Marcusen
Jun 23, 2018 Juano Tote
Jun 23, 2018 Nicole Bear
Jun 23, 2018 Joyce Lahna
Jun 23, 2018 Frances Emanuel
Jun 23, 2018 Renee Woodman
Jun 23, 2018 Kristi L. Meccia
Jun 23, 2018 Sheronda Kessler
Jun 23, 2018 Anne Reavis
Jun 23, 2018 Claudia Valderas gomez
Jun 22, 2018 Danielle Alexandra
Jun 22, 2018 Bonnie Craig
Jun 22, 2018 Barry Derr
Jun 22, 2018 Nicole Mikals
Jun 22, 2018 Colette Flake-Bunz
Jun 22, 2018 Jenny Pollard
Jun 22, 2018 Gail Henning The arts are crucial and vital to the good of all citizens.
Jun 22, 2018 Katie Parker
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) The arts are every bit as important as math and science! It's called a well-rounded education.
Jun 22, 2018 sally dunn
Jun 22, 2018 Isabel Siphon
Jun 22, 2018 Peggy Brown
Jun 22, 2018 Patricia Fahrner
Jun 22, 2018 Kathy Jo Keever
Jun 22, 2018 Carol Joyce
Jun 22, 2018 Marianna Zimmerman
Jun 22, 2018 ana ribeiro
Jun 21, 2018 Evelyn Mancino The Arts are what make us human - please do not cut Arts funding.
Jun 21, 2018 Rhonda Sigman

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