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John Stossel’s op-ed has libs seething: It’s time for Trump to kill government funding for the arts

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President Trump’s new budget could kill funding to the arts, sending leftists into a meltdown.

But for some, the cuts are long overdue.

“Government has no business funding art,” political columnist and commentator John Stosssel wrote in a piece published by Fox News on Wednesday.

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“When politicians decide which ideas deserve a boost, art is debased. When they use your money to shape the culture, they shape it in ways that make culture friendlier to government,” Stossel wrote, arguing that grants for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting should not come from the government.

Stossel, a noted libertarian, contended that the “grant-making establishment is proudly leftist” and those who need it don’t even receive the funding.

“Arts grants tend to go to people who got prior arts grants,” he wrote. “They know the right things to say on applications so they look “serious” enough to underwrite. They’re good at writing applications. They’re not necessarily good at art.”

The 70-year-old, who spent years with ABC News and Fox and is the winner of 19 Emmy awards, said the media can be counted on to “distort the issue” of Trump’s defunding of the arts. He noted that leftists and liberals will be “incensed” by the idea but in the end, art” is different from “government-funded art.”

“Big Bird doesn’t need government help. ‘Sesame Street’ is so rich that it paid one of its performers more than $800,000,” Stossel wrote.

He suggested that while Trump’s cuts to the arts would not be a cure for the national deficit, it would still make a difference.

“But it would be a start — a dent in the foolish conceit that good things only happen if government funds them,” he noted. “Let people pay for the art they really want instead of the art for which the government decides to make them pay.”

And though the left will decry the moral obligation to fund arts for the betterment of society, many on social media seem to fully understand, and agree with Stossel’s views.

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