The Sesame Street wars are on once again, as Donald Trump’s administration endeavors to cut/redirect funding that is currently used to fund the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Washington Post posits that this is because Sesame Street been brutally roasting the President for years, but really this is something that comes up every time Republicans endeavor to cut the size of the federal government, and as a small government conservative it is my job to once again remind everyone how stupid I think it is that they do this.
All of those services combine to make up approximately .02% of the federal budget, and cutting them would not meaningfully reign in government spending or reduce the debt or deficit. Couple this with the fact that the optics are pretty horrible (not that this is something the GOP seems to care much about) and you have a no-win situation that adds to the popular conception (at least that exists among many Democrats) that the Republican party is out to rob the poor of education and to literally starve artists (never mind, for example, that Sesame Street now airs on HBO, a channel many of the poorest in our nation are unlikely to have access to anyway).
As I have said before, the Republican party would be better served leaving Big Bird be and focusing on real, substantive places where they can curtail government spending: in the major entitlement programs and in the department of defense. Everything else is just peanuts by comparison.