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Ten Good Reasons to Eliminate Funding for the NEA

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Publication Date: September 2002

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Laurence Jarvik

Topic: Culture and religion (Arts and arts policy)

Keywords: Budget

Type: Report


As the US. Congress struggles to balance the federal budget and end the decades long spiral of deficit spending, few programs seem more worthy of outright elimination than the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Indeed. since its inception in 1965, few federal agencies have been mired in more controversy than the NEA. Nevertheless, steadfast partisans of "welfare for artists" continue to defend the Endowment, asserting that it promotes philanthropic giving, makes cultural programs accessible to those who can least afford them, and protects America's cultural heritage.