Based on how he dismantled the Education Department, some would think Donald Trump is on a mission to destroy the fabric of American education.
(Hey, if there’s no other education out there, Trump University does look a whole lot better by comparison…)
That startling theory is ringing even truer in the wake of the President’s first proposed budget Thursday morning, in which he announced plans to eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting!
The proposal would gut out the $445 million budget for the small source of funding for public programming and broadcast TV stations like PBS and NPR.
But don’t think public education is getting singled out! The Big Cheeto also plans to wipe out funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, which supports libraries and museums.
The four arts organizations combined account for less than 0.02% of the U.S. government’s $4.6 trillion budget — but apparently, Trump needs all the dough he can get for that dumbass wall Mexico definitely isn’t paying for.
Wow! This is a really big step in Trump’s plan to turn the population into mindless, inhuman sheep who get all their information from his Twitter account.
Trump isn’t the first Republican in office to put the NEA and the CPB in his financial crosshairs. Ronald Reagan tried to shut down the NEA in 1981, but backed off the plans after a task force advised against it.
But seeing how little Trump values arts, culture, education, and spelling, we have a feeling he won’t be convinced otherwise.
Though PBS and NPR likely wouldn’t be too damaged from the CPB cut on a national level (they also have patrons, pledge drives, etc.), local networks and stations — in small, pro-Trump towns — would greatly suffer.
PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger responded to the proposed cuts, sharing statistics that show 83% of voters — "including 70% of those who voted for President Trump" — do not support eliminating federal funding for public TV.
She released a statement on Thursday, writing:
"PBS and our nearly 350 member stations, along with our viewers, continue to remind Congress of our strong support among Republican and Democratic voters, in rural and urban areas across every region of the country. We have always had support from both parties in Congress, and will again make clear what the public receives in return for federal funding for public broadcasting. The cost of public broadcasting is small, only $1.35 per citizen per year, and the benefits are tangible: increasing school readiness for kids 2-8, support for teachers and homeschoolers, lifelong learning, public safety communications and civil discourse.
Two new national surveys — one by Rasmussen Reports (subscribers) and another conducted jointly by leading Republican and Democratic researchers for PBS — reveal that voters across the political spectrum overwhelmingly oppose eliminating federal funding for public television. Rasmussen shows that just 21% of Americans – and only 32% of Republicans –favor ending public broadcasting support. In the PBS Hart Research-American Viewpoint poll, 83% of voters – including 70% of those who voted for President Trump – say they want Congress to find savings elsewhere."
Listen to the people, Donald!