De-funding National Endowment for the Arts : An Alternate Perspective

The Herbert Art Museum and Gallery, Coventry” by Herry Lawford licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: National Review

Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is an adamant supporter of the arts. Thus, one might not expect him to support President Trump’s proposal to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

While NEA supporters believe that art in America is maintained through the NEA, Tanner makes the claim that government should not be involved with the arts in the first place and artists can still be great without the NEA.

“The government shouldn’t be in the business of approving or disapproving any type of expression,” Tanner argues.

“Art is deeply personal. It touches the core of our being, and helps form our outlook on the world, even our fundamental belief systems.”

The NEA was established in 1965, with a current budget of an estimated $138 million, “a little more than a drop in a vast ocean of red ink.”

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