Posted on FB by a friend earlier today – gone viral?
Immediately after the election, Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller explained that Melania would be staying in New York because there was “obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year”.
We have since learned that the cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. (see my comments below and fact checking on snopes.com regarding this number). There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. In essence, the Federal government is giving the Trump family a huge “annual voucher” so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice.
Meanwhile, we learned last night that Trump’s budget would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country.
So, on the one hand you have a huge “school voucher” for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand, you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.