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DeMint, Coburn Introduce Bill to Defund National Public Radio, PBS
CNSNews ^ | March 4, 2011 | Susan Jones

Posted on 03/04/2011 10:43:23 AM PST by jazusamo

(CNSNews.com) - Two Republican senators on Friday introduced a bill to stop taxpayer subsidies to public radio and television.

Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money for National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said with the nation on the brink of bankruptcy, some decisions to cut spending are difficult -- but not this one:

"Americans struggling to make ends meet shouldn’t be forced to fund public broadcasting when there are already thousands of choices for educational and entertainment programming on the television, radio and Web," DeMint said. "President Obama’s own bipartisan debt commission proposed ending these unnecessary subsidies to public broadcasting. NPR boasts that it only gets 2 percent of its funding from taxpayers and PBS gets about 15 percent, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own.”

Coburn called subsidies for public broadcasting "indefensible." "The federal government has no business picking winners and losers in today’s highly competitive media environment. NPR and CPB will do just fine without largesse from Washington," Coburn added.

CPB was incorporated as a private, nonprofit corporation under the authority of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, and its first taxpayer subsidy in 1969 was $5 million. In the current fiscal year, CPB is slated to receive $430 million from taxpayers, and President Obama recently asked for an increase to $451 million, the senators said.

PBS President Paula Kerger received $632,233 in compensation in 2009, according to the tax forms that nonprofits must file, while NPR President Emeritus Kevin Klose received more than $1.2 million in compensation.

DeMint and Coburn also noted that in 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundation, backed by liberal financier George Soros, to hire 100 reporters. Additionally, NPR has an endowment of over $200 million, they said in a news release.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coburn; defund; demint; jimdemint; npr; pbs; senatebill; tomcoburn
Good for DeMInt and Coburn.
1 posted on 03/04/2011 10:43:29 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Hear, hear!


2 posted on 03/04/2011 10:44:31 AM PST by RexBeach (There is no such thing as a good tax.- Winston Churchill)
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To: jazusamo
Good.
Do it.
3 posted on 03/04/2011 10:44:42 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: jazusamo

Hurray!


4 posted on 03/04/2011 10:45:04 AM PST by American Quilter (Fire the striking Wisconsin teachers--and their Democrat congressional traitors.)
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To: jazusamo

DeMint Ping!


5 posted on 03/04/2011 10:47:05 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: upchuck

DeMint Ping!


6 posted on 03/04/2011 10:47:45 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Amen! Even a pro-NPR person ought to see that whatever reason might have justified some gov’t funding over 40 years ago no longer exists. If public radio thinks it can do better as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party, that’s fine too, let the market decide.


7 posted on 03/04/2011 10:48:37 AM PST by bigbob
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To: jazusamo

Yes! Step one. Step 2=defund EPA; Step3=defund Dept of Interior; Step 4=Defund Dept. of Education; Step 5= Audit the Fed; Step 6=..........


8 posted on 03/04/2011 10:49:29 AM PST by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: jazusamo

GOOD. A long time coming.

Now disband ATF.


9 posted on 03/04/2011 10:50:05 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: jazusamo
Why do they introduce a bill like this that Obama can veto? Wouldn't it be better just to zero out any funding in the budget bill?
10 posted on 03/04/2011 10:51:04 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: jazusamo

Big Bird, 007 James Bond super-villain George Soros, Tickle me Elmo, and the MoveOn.Org thugs are all screaming bloody, bloody murder.


11 posted on 03/04/2011 10:51:04 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: jazusamo

it’s about time! but i beet it’ll never happen..we’ll see within minutes big protests to save big bird and elmo, etc..
if they’re so valuable, people would line up to fund them, let them.


12 posted on 03/04/2011 10:52:25 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: jazusamo
I listen to NPR just to see what the other side is up to.
They now have an “ad” that states that the “congress is enacting law to defund public radio. Please let your Representative know that you oppose this legislation.
Remember it only costs $1.35 a day per person to listen to all the great programing on you local station etc.etc.etc.

Now is this $1.35 for everyone in the United States or just those who listen to public radio?

13 posted on 03/04/2011 10:52:56 AM PST by lucky american (If you think the Libs care about your health.....LOLOLOL)
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To: jazusamo





14 posted on 03/04/2011 10:53:05 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: jazusamo

IT’S ABOUT TIME!!


15 posted on 03/04/2011 10:54:42 AM PST by Spok
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To: jazusamo
DeMint and Coburn. Legislative superstars!
16 posted on 03/04/2011 10:55:08 AM PST by marktwain
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To: jazusamo; 506Lake; alrea; Amanda King; americanophile; Artemis Webb; Babsig; be-baw; ...

Jim DeMint Ping!

Want on or off this ping list? Just FReepmail me.

Follow Sen. DeMint on Twitter.

17 posted on 03/04/2011 10:56:05 AM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: jazusamo

“To compel a man to furnish moneys for the propagation of ideas he abhors is tyranny.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

I hope they drive this one home.


18 posted on 03/04/2011 10:56:10 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: jazusamo

BRAVO!


19 posted on 03/04/2011 10:57:19 AM PST by 353FMG (Liberalism = Communism under the guise of compassion.)
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To: jazusamo

20 posted on 03/04/2011 10:57:58 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: lucky american

> They now have an “ad” that states that the “congress is
> enacting law to defund public radio. Please let your
> Representative know that you oppose this legislation.

If this kind of thing is not illegal, then it bloody well should be!


21 posted on 03/04/2011 10:59:11 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: lucky american

Well they get $430 million from taxpayers so it’s from every one of us. The Libs sound like con artists with the “only” $1.35 a day thing.


22 posted on 03/04/2011 11:00:39 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Good...they can include that in the next $4 bil slice


23 posted on 03/04/2011 11:02:31 AM PST by Scanian
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To: jazusamo
About damn time.

I support NPR every year, but that is my choice.

Time to cut the cord.

24 posted on 03/04/2011 11:02:41 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President. He's shovel ready!)
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To: jazusamo

“F Elmo too!!!”


25 posted on 03/04/2011 11:03:07 AM PST by Doob ("My mass x my velocity = your A**" - Early Cuyler)
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To: jazusamo
GOOD!

Defund Now!
Just Do It!

26 posted on 03/04/2011 11:03:07 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Cicero

heh, heh, heh,

Oscar will never go away, he’s too mean.


27 posted on 03/04/2011 11:03:16 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Gee Whiz! I thought the creeps at PBS said they got a mere pittance from the government to run their propaganda! That's a whole lot of change that they can believe in!

Stop the funding! This is insane! Makes you wonder what their paychecks are..

28 posted on 03/04/2011 11:04:56 AM PST by Debi911
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To: jazusamo

Now, do the right thing and defund payments to the U.N.!!


29 posted on 03/04/2011 11:05:58 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: lucky american
Now is this $1.35 for everyone in the United States or just those who listen to public radio?

$1.35 per person for public radio -and- public television. (whether they listen, or not) (approximately 25% - 75% split)

Like a library, public school, national park, or a road, you have to pay in your taxes whether you use it or not.

30 posted on 03/04/2011 11:07:14 AM PST by garyb
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To: jazusamo

GOOD!

Next let’s cut the $700 million Hitlary! and her state department are spending on building and restoring mosques throughout the mideast.


31 posted on 03/04/2011 11:47:08 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Iron Munro

Absolutely! It’s outrageous that we’re funding construction and repair of muzzie mosques.


32 posted on 03/04/2011 11:55:09 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

;)


33 posted on 03/04/2011 12:08:04 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: jazusamo

Defund, defund and defund....Keep going.


34 posted on 03/04/2011 1:12:28 PM PST by kactus
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To: jazusamo

Defund, defund and defund....Keep going.


35 posted on 03/04/2011 1:12:33 PM PST by kactus
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To: upchuck; jazusamo

This should be interesting.

I believe Mark Levin is prepared to organize an investment group for the privatization of Sesame Street.


36 posted on 03/04/2011 6:58:01 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks jazusamo.


37 posted on 03/09/2011 5:58:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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