Good for Congress! I think they could afford to go ahead and cut NPR's budget even more, especially since philanthropist Joan Kroc left NPR a $200 million gift a couple years ago. In fact, why has it taken Congress so long to propose this sort of action?
I think Congress should get rid of all of its arts spending. If people value the arts they will support them on their own. If this means less people are able to practice some art form professionally, then unfortunately the market has spoken for the people: they would rather invest their time and money elsewhere. If more people are however able to practice the arts professionally, then the market has spoken for the people in favor of more art. Let's leave it up to people to decide for themselves how important such programs are. What do you think?