Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.
The changes they propose are dramatic.
The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
The proposed cuts hew closely to a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition.
We can debate whether the United States government should be in the business of promoting the humanities. My position is that we cannot leave the funding of this kind of work to private interests and I am not sure that the states have the resources to promote the humanities effectively.
We will see how this develops.
Over the years I have written and posted a few things about humanities funding.
December 10, 2015: “Smithsonian Head: Government Must ‘Take the Lead’ in Funding the Humanities (TWOILH blog)
November 13, 2015: “The National Endowment for the Humanities Would Be on the Chopping Block in a Ted Cruz Presidency” (TWOILH blog)
April 3, 2014: NEH Under Attack Again (TWOILH blog)
October 31, 2013: Oppose Cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities (TWOILH blog)
November 6, 2013: “Here’s Why We’re Losing Our Democratic Soul.” (Harrisburg Patriot-News)
August 2011: Palin: “The National Endowment for the Humanities Needs to Go.” (TWOILH blog)
January 18, 2011: “Tradition Needs Preservation.” (Cato Unbound: A Journal of Debate)
March 5, 2010: “The State is Erasing It’s History” (Philadelphia Inquirer)