Ten Good Reasons to Continue (in fact to increase!) Funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Clay Jenkinson,
27 January 1995, USA

A number of innocent federal agencies are being caught in the groundswell of the conservative "revolution" of the 1994 Congressional elections. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Information and Museum Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities are on the brink of extinction as conservative politicians try to reduce government spending and taxes, and punish agencies they have come to associate with elitism, leftist cultural politics, and the "welfare state."
Each of these modest agencies deserves to survive. They do fine work at a very small price to the taxpayer. They represent some of the most admirable creativity of American civilization. Why should the National Endowment for the Humanities, with its $177 million budget, survive? Here are ten good reasons.