The president on Thursday unveiled his budget, which led not only to the predictable hand-wringing over the plight of the poor in America, but even inspired some dystopian short fiction for those who just finished “1984” and needed something to tide them over until the cable premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

But it’s the proposed defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts that (again) has reporters on the defensive. As Twitchy reported, the Los Angeles Times decided one way to get across to the masses the importance of the NEA was to have readers imagine Broadway without “Hamilton” … which they did, quickly easing any lingering guilt over pulling the plug on taxpayer money.

Give writer Libby Hill a break, though; regardless of who wrote the tweet, Hill provided readers a no-nonsense history of the NEA and the NEH and what distinguishes one from the other.

But really … “Hamilton”? Hill writes that we can thank the NEA for steering taxpayer money to what would eventually become the cultural and box office juggernaut “Hamilton.” But a lot of taxpayers likely don’t remember asking the cast to perform at the White House at the #Bam4Ham event, which was allegedly a performance for school children.

Our tickets must have been lost in the mail, then, ’cause we still can’t afford several hundred bucks for admission alone.

Thank the NEA, too, then, for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s freestyle rap with President Obama, who held up nonpartisan prompts like “Obamacare” and “immigration” for the rap-lite treatment.

And then there was the “Hamilton” performance added to the show’s already sold-out schedule so that Hillary Clinton could sell tickets as a campaign fundraiser.

Thank the NEA for that too, and for the “discussion” the cast had with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was singled out from the stage and booed roundly by the audience before being lectured.

Now, what was the Los Angeles Times saying about how we wouldn’t have “Hamilton” without the “generosity” of the NEA?

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