The Resistance News
February 6, 2017
Melania security cost is big, so big New York is asking the Federal Government for reimbursement.So big the cost brings all sort of hurt feelings, to artist too. A few days back, one of New York well known artist, said the cost for Melania security is higher than the cost for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).
That comes on top of a long struggle at the NEA, as meanwhile Trump’s staunch supporter, Newt Gingrich, where his wife is in Trump’s cabinet, has a long track record of attacking NEA budget. New York is famous for being America’s art center.
That is because Newt like most Republicans, are into small government and tax break for the rich, with a great deal of over-reach into some issues, i.e. how women control and manage their re-productive system. Nationals security, traditionally, also plays a central role to Republicans, and not the arts or humanities.
On Melania’s security vs NEA budget, of course the First Lady must be safe. But if one asks your typical American, especially New Yorkers who loves arts very much, I am sure most will say, they wish Melania security spending, was going to support the NEA.
Meanwhile more than 100,000 irate New York residents want incoming United States First Lady Melania Trump to leave their city and free the council from an astronomically high security bill (source)
It has been widely reported that it could cost New York City $US1 million per day for the Secret Service to keep Mrs Trump and son Barron Trump safe in New York (see CNN on US$1 million a day estimate here).
There has been lots of talk about Trump’s wife, Melana, decision to live in New York, and not join her husband at the White House. Most of the talk focuse on how much the associated “Security Cost” will be to take care of Melana. There have been many figures floated around, but most falls in US$500,000 to US$1 million a day. Latest figure points to much higher. But if we split 500K and 1 million in the middle, the figure is US$750,000 a day. So we are looking at about US$200 to US$250 million a year.
According to the following wikipedia, National Endowment of the Arts for FY 2011 was a budget of $154 million.
“The 1994 midterm elections cleared the way for House Speaker Newt Gingrich to lead a renewed attack on the NEA. Gingrich had called for the NEA to be eliminated completely along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While some in Congress attacked the funding of controversial artists, others argued the endowment was wasteful and elitist. However, despite massive budget cutbacks and the end of grants to individual artists, Gingrich ultimately failed in his push to eliminate the endowment.”
“The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It was created by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA has its offices in Washington, D.C. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1995, as well as the Special Tony Award in 2016.”
“The NEA is “dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education”.
Between 1965 and 2008, the agency has made in excess of 128,000 grants, totaling more than $5 billion. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Congress granted the NEA an annual funding of between $160 and $180 million. In 1996, Congress cut the NEA funding to $99.5 million as a result of pressure from conservative groups, including the American Family Association, who criticized the agency for using tax dollars to fund highly controversial artists such as Barbara Degenevieve, Andres Serrano, Robert Mapplethorpe, and the performance artists known as the “NEA Four“. Since 1996, the NEA has partially rebounded with a 2015 budget of $146.21 million. For FY 2010, the budget reached the level it was at during the mid-1990s at $167.5 million but fell again in FY 2011 with a budget of $154 million.”
“The NEA is governed by a Chairman appointed by the President to a four-year term and confirmed by Congress. The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairman on policies and programs, as well as reviewing grant applications, fundraising guidelines, and leadership initiative. This body consists of 14 individuals appointed by the President for their expertise and knowledge in the arts, in addition to six ex officio members of Congress who serve in a non-voting capacity. As of February 2014, Joan Shigekawa is serving as Acting Chair since the departure of Rocco Landesman, while U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Jane Chu, on Thursday, February 13, 2014, to the U.S. Senate, for potential confirmation as Landesman’s replacement as permanent Chair.”
Snopes.com has a good summary of what is going on and I cut & past the article for you here. For other articles at Snopes.com see (source).
Origin: On 31 January 2017, author and BOMB magazine marketing director Ryan Chapman asserted on Twitter that the cost of providing security for First Lady Melania Trump while she lived in New York City would be double the annual budget for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).
Chapman’s statement came less than a month after reports that Trump’s husband, President Donald Trump, planned to eliminate both the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Chapman also cited an estimate first reported by CNN that providing security for the entire Trump family was costing New York City more than $1 million a day:
Protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City more than $1 million a day, according to three city officials.
And those costs won’t necessarily drop significantly once he moves to the White House. That’s because Melania Trump and their 10-year old son Barron expect to stay at their home at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, at least until the end of the school year. And Donald Trump has indicated he plans to return home regularly, especially while they’re still here.
Adding to the expense is the cost of police assigned to Trump’s adult children and his grandchildren, who are also receiving Secret Service protection, John Miller, NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence & counterterrorism
When asked about that figure on 7 December 2016, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “premature,” adding that the city had asked the federal government for $35 million in reimbursement for protecting Melania Trump between 8 November 2016 and her husband’s inauguration on 20 January 2017. As the Times reported, the request was based on a daily security cost of $500,000.