Jobs That Others Can Do

In “A Disruptive Federal Budget” (Editorial Commentary, March 25), Thomas G. Donlan (of Barrons) noted that eliminating 19 federal programs, including the Legal Services Corp., the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Appalachian Regional Commission, would reduce the federal budget by less than $3 billion.

The implication seemed to be that this is so small as to not be worth doing. But the point here should be to ask why the federal government is funding these entities at all. How are these functions and responsibilities of the federal government? For example, was no art created prior to the National Endowment for the Arts’ founding in 1965?

– Paul Dembry

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