Obama Budget Would Kill Historic Preservation Programs

Ellis Island
Ellis Island

President Obama warned the nation that we would have to sacrifice like a family on a budget in order to get the economy moving. Still, he's shocked historic preservationists by recommending in his latest budget to flat out kill the Preserve America and Save America's Treasures programs. Both help local communities preserve historic gems through grants and other support.

The programs have restored and protected sites in every state (find one near you), including Ellis Island in Manhattan and Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Wisconsin home.

Has some Washington bean counter lost his damn mind? Or has someone forgotten how a restored public building or private home can contribute positively to a local economy?