Trump FY21 Budget Proposes Elimination and Cuts to Federal History-Related Agencies & Programs

Quoting from a news release from the National Coalition for History:

“On February 10, the White House released its detailed budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2021. As has become the norm since taking office, the president’s budget proposes devastating cuts to federal humanities and history funding. These include elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, history and preservation programs at the National Park Service and federal K-12 history/civics and international education programs.”

You can read the details at: http://bit.ly/39w0EO1.

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Not surprising since Trump brags that he doesn’t read books.

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    Did you read the article. It goes on to say….”The major point to remember is that Congress ultimately controls appropriations, not the president. Leaders of both parties have pronounced Trump’s FY21 budget “dead on arrival,” and these draconian cuts are unlikely to pass. Quite simply, the president is appealing to his base by paying lip service to downsizing the government, while not proposing a realistic budget for Congress to use as a starting point.
    Our community can and should fight vigorously against these proposed cuts, but there is no need to panic. We need to focus our attention, as we always have, on the appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over the programs that affect our constituents. The budget process is complex, and NCH will be advocating for history-related agencies every step of the way. We have built lasting relationships in Congress over the years that we can draw upon, including the History Caucus in the House.
    Your voice had an impact the last three fiscal years. The House and Senate appropriations committees have ignored Trump’s previous proposed cuts and continued to fund our key programs and agencies at generally close to level or increased funding. We need to keep up the pressure on Congress to ensure the same outcome this year.”

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Typical Trump move. Keep America Dumb. Historical Education about America’s past helps to show our country’s triumphs and failures. It also helps people understand how our ancestors helped get America get to where it is today. These cuts in Humanities shows that this “president?” is only interested in trying to make himself seem he is smarter than everyone. He is a Legend in his Own Mind.

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    The question is not whether history should be taught. Of course it should be! The question is whether government does a better job of teaching & preserving history than anyone else. Less government means lower taxes, which means you and I have more money to spend on the things that we deem to be important – which in this context means family history and genealogy. As a rule, government is rather inefficient in using taxpayer money to provide goods and services. I would much rather rely on the services provided by private enterprises such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and all the others. These companies have made it possible to search for records online whereas in the past I had to load microfilm reels at some faraway branch of the National Archives.

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Too bad these articles always begin with The Sky is Falling, and end with “not,” instead of the other way around.
Keep in mind that under this administration the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservagtion Management and Recreation Act, the largest public lands package in a decade, went into law. That legislation also reauthorized the HBCU Historic Preservation Program, and reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – See Spring 2019 Preservaion Magazine p56. This can and will happen again if our representatives will stop their bickering long enough to care about their constituants.

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    This administration has also allowed the opening of national park lands to oil and gas exploration,relaxed clean air and water regulations and promoted the coal industry all to the detriment of the enviorment. They also want to bring in private industry to provide services at the national parks. With the proposed cuts in the 2021 budget proposed by this administration they must be stopped before its all ruined. All you have to do is look at how Europe is doing it.

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Has anyone pointed out to”President” Trump that the historic programs he wants to cut will be the very ones to illustrate his place in this country’s history? That should get funding fast enough.

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