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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


Nov 17, 2017 Ruth Rogers
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Berry Berkel
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 6, 2017 Lou Ann Hutchins
Nov 6, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Nov 5, 2017 Jennifer Hall
Nov 5, 2017 Melantha Bobrick
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Kay Shelton
Oct 21, 2017 Barbara Sickles
Oct 20, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 17, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 10, 2017 mercy myers
Oct 10, 2017 Judith S Anderson
Oct 10, 2017 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Oct 9, 2017 Melissa Bird
Oct 9, 2017 Keth Luke
Oct 9, 2017 Donna Cunningham
Oct 8, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 8, 2017 Janis Higgins
Oct 8, 2017 Sara DuBois
Oct 8, 2017 Jamie Guy-Ostrowski
Oct 8, 2017 Anna Krohn
Oct 8, 2017 Lika Saliscente-Phipps All of the arts are a part of culture. Take away these arts, we raise a generation who have no idea what it is to have a culture. Today's music just doesn't cut it.
Sep 27, 2017 elizabeth myrin shore
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Aug 31, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Aug 28, 2017 Adam Fransella
Aug 27, 2017 P Perry
Aug 27, 2017 Natasha Moore
Aug 27, 2017 Sandra Zeigler
Aug 27, 2017 Debbie Meadows
Aug 27, 2017 Lori Hernandez
Aug 25, 2017 G. Smith
Aug 24, 2017 Wendy Kasprzyk
Aug 21, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 19, 2017 Pam Botts
Aug 19, 2017 Susan Wilson
Aug 14, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Aug 10, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Aug 9, 2017 Laurie Fisher
Aug 9, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 9, 2017 Quentin Fischer
Aug 9, 2017 Tracy Davis
Aug 9, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Aug 8, 2017 Margo Salone
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat

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