Donald Trump is planning on leaving his mark on America and thus far the impact he’s having appears to be negative, polling very low as he takes his presidential oath. That’s because some of his ideas are absolutely crazy. Trump wants to eliminate one of the most important agencies and one that has helped and inspired Americans and made the country the envy of the world in terms of creativity and the exportation of its rich culture. Trump just announced that he’s planning on eliminating the National Endowment of the Arts, an agency that is at the core of American creativity for decades:
The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be a good first step in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about radically reforming the federal budget,” Brian Darling, a former aide to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a former staffer at the Heritage Foundation, tells The Hill.”
Yet, Trump and his new team of idiots are making a huge mistake. Aside from the cultural impact art has on all of us, there is also a huge economic benefit. Here’s just part of a recent report on the benefits of the arts on the American economy:
- In 2012, arts and cultural production contributed more than $698 billion to the U.S. economy, or 4.32 percent to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, more than construction ($586.7B) or transportation and warehousing ($464.1B).
- 4.7 million workers were employed in the production of arts and cultural goods, receiving $334.9 billion in compensation.
- Arts and cultural spending has a ripple effect on the overall economy, boosting both commodities and jobs. For example, for every 100 jobs created from new demand for the arts, 62 additional jobs are also created.
- The Bureau of Economic Analysis highlights the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account in the January edition of the Survey of Current Business, widely read by economists and financial analysts to understand the state of the U.S. economy. 4
It’s just insane on so many levels that Republicans think this American institution is worth gutting and instead focus on creating wars and chaos around the world with the money they shift over. It’s not that they want to cut spending to benefit the economy: It’s that they want to cut spending in order to implement an agenda that lacks in prioritizing the American people. Whether it be universal health care or an agency such a the NEA, Republicans and Trump simply have it all wrong.