A chilling headline from The New York Times: “What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts?” Well, what if he does? True enough, as we write the Trump administration is considering budget cuts that would eliminate, among many other things, the National Endowments for the arts and humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which funds pbs, npr, and other initiatives).

We’ll see if that happens. Many previous Republican administrations have talked about eliminating those programs. But when push came to shove and there was patronage to be handed out, nothing came of the promises, promises. Perhaps it will be different this time. The Times tells us that “Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cut ...