Donald Trump’s proposed budget eliminates funding for a wide range of domestic programs that primarily help create universal access to educational programming through public media and fund the arts and humanities in communities.
Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Budget Director defends these budget cuts on MSNBC by stating that, “Can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?” , “The answer was no. We can ask them to pay for defense and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
Speaking in generalities just as Trump has done on this issue, it is probably safe to say that the children of coal miners and single moms, most likely grew up on public broadcasting and fell in love with educational programs such as “Arthur” and “Curious George”.
The Corporation of public broadcasting only costs “approximately $1.35 per citizen per year” according to CPB President and CO Patricia Harrison. This seems to one of America’s best investments for the price because it can be accessed in every American’s living rooms.
These budget cuts will inevitably impact already underserved communities because “rural and minority communities don’t have the kind of in-depth donor base that would allow them to overcome the loss of federal funding,” according to CBSlocal.com.
The National Public Radio is also at risk of losing government funding even though millions of Americans rely on this objective, fact-based, public-service journalist. This service works in the public interest because it provides educational, news and cultural programming that is not offered anywhere else.
Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities , William D. Adams expresses his concern stating that, “We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation.”
The mention of “every Congressional District in the nation” is of particular relevance, because after all Congress will have the final say on how government funding gets appropriated.
In the past public broadcasting has been an issue that draws bipartisan support, but that was before President Trump declared a war on the media and the importance of facts.
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