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Subject: Re: US arts and sciences funding
From: Estelle Gilson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Estelle Gilson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:58:12 -0700

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Leaving us with nothing but Fox sports and Fox News.

Estelle    once an NEA grant recipient

At 01:46 AM 3/17/2017, you wrote:
>I am horrified (but not surprised) to see the current US regime's 
>proposed budget cuts:
>The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds a very large 
>part of PBS (public
>television) and NPR (public radio) gets $0.
>The National Endowment for the Arts gets $0.
>The National Endowment for the Humanities gets $0.
>The Institute of Museum and Library Services gets $0.
>This budget plan for all intents and purposes eliminates these 
>cornerstones of publicly
>funded arts in the US.  In many areas, particularly outside big 
>metropolitan areas,
>PBS/NPR are the only public sources of fine arts broadcasting 
>(classical music, theatre,
>dance), including the series "Great Performances" (including opera 
>from the Met and
>some other houses, ballet, and chamber, symphonic, and vocal 
>concerts).  I lived in one
>such non-metropolitan area for three years, and the ONLY classical 
>music broadcasts
>available then (and still, today) were on public television and 
>radio.  But it seems far
>more important to pad the pockets of the fossil fuel and military 
>and health insurance
>moguls than to fund the arts and humanities (not to mention 
>community programmes like
>Meals on Wheels, which are also being eliminated).  The theme, over 
>and over again, is
>more for the very rich, less for the middle-class and poor.  Or as 
>my personal physician
>put it to me earlier this week (referring to the proposed "health 
>care" plan), it's all a
>"f**k the poor" plan.
>All this, not to mention the open attack on the 
>sciences:  staggeringly large cuts to the
>Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy (which 
>runs our world-
>renown National Laboratories), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
>(NOAA--which helps run the national oceanographic research fleet, as 
>well as our weather
>services), NASA (eliminating all programmes focussed on climate 
>change, which as we all
>know is a Chinese hoax), and the National Institutes of Health.
>Quoting the NY Times:
>To those who object to deep cuts in those programs, Mick Mulvaney, 
>the president's
>budget director, had a blunt message on Thursday: What did you expect?
>He said that after-school programs had failed to help children in 
>schools, that housing
>programs were "not well run," that government health research had 
>suffered "mission
>creep" and that grants to local communities "don't do any good."
>Mr. Mulvaney waved aside questions about cuts to the United Nations, 
>saying that they
>"should come as a surprise to no one who watched the campaign." And 
>he said that the
>president made no apologies for eliminating the government's efforts 
>to curb climate
>"We're not spending money on that anymore," Mr. Mulvaney told 
>reporters at the White
>House. "We consider that a waste of your money to go out and do that."
>(End quote.)
>As a former NIH research fellow and one of many who have benefitted 
>from our national
>oceanographic fleet and national laboratories, as a lifelong arts 
>lover, and, frankly, as an
>inhabitant of a threatened planet, I am angry and sickened to my core.
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