Some things don’t change. These images are the front and back covers of the July/August 1995 issue of Poets & Writers magazine, and both feature an emphasis on saving the National Endowment for the Arts, which was slated to be cut. Back in 1995, we had then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a Republican from Georgia, whose Contract with America sought to reshape the country around neo-conservative values. That was 22 years ago, and the National Endowment for the Arts obviously survived. Today, we have Donald Trump, ready to zero out the NEA, the NEH, and the CPB. If the House’s recent omnibus spending bill is any indication, the NEA will survive this time, too.
Fightin’ the same ol’ fights . . .