Americans spend over $27 billion each year on non-profit arts funding. Americans give $11.5 billion in charitable donations, buy $14 billion in tickets, and all levels of government kick in an additional $1.3 billion. That doesn't include arts programs in the private sector.
Art and music are good things. But not every good thing needs to come from the federal government.
The $126 million we spend each year on the National Endowment for the Arts isn't much compared to what we spend on arts programs overall, but it does politicize art. By using tax dollars to pick one artist over another, we are promoting one point over another. And when taxpayers protest that they should not be forced to pay for art that they find offensive, or simply bad, they are right.
The government should never be in the position to shut down unpopular artistic expression. Likewise, it should not be promoting it. Eliminating federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts would remove this unnecessary government intrusion, and save taxpayers $126 million a year.