Skip to comments.Sarah Palin is smiling somewhere, the House votes to cut off funding to NPR
Posted on 03/17/2011 6:45:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
When Sarah Palin talks, people listen. They might not always agree, but they certainly hear the former Alaska governor loud and clear.
Recently the hockey mom was a guest on the Sean Hannity show and like many conservatives, Palin took aim at National Public Radio and several other federally funded arts and educational agencies.
"NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn't be in the business of funding with tax dollars -- those should all be on the chopping block as we talk about the $14-trillion debt that we're going to hand to our kids and our grandkids," Palin told Hannity on the Fox News Channel. "Yes, those are the type of things that for more than one reason need to be cut."
Wednesday more than 200 readers of the Culture Monster blog left comments debating the issue. Many suggested Palin didn't know what she was talking about. "I curse John McCain for giving this woman a voice in the national media," said one. "I don't know why someone who quit their only important elected office for monetary gain even gets a say," wrote another.
Thursday the House of Representatives voted to cut federal funding from NPR in an attempt to trim the bloated federal budget. It would also prohibit its local affiliates from using federal dollars to purchase programming from NPR or any other source.
Some readers are trying to find a silver lining in what others consider a troubling move by Republicans. Their comments after the jump.
"This may actually be good for NPR. They will no longer have to self-censor for fear of offending the flat-earthers who oppose any form of public discussion that doesn't revolve around all the urban myths they promote.....
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The NPR vote was as meaningless as their claim that they CR offered “meaningful cuts”. This was a “stand alone” bill. meaning the Senate will kill it, and the NPR funding will go on and on. The House Leader-lessship of Bonehead, Can’t-or, et.al. think they are successfully fooling us into thinking they’re doing The Lord’s Work. Meh.
But the readers of the Culture Monster blog don’t approve.
Excellent now we won’t be paying for the enemy’s ammunition.
Now, it's all her fault that NPR lost its federal $$$$$.
I luv it!
Where is Pissa...! never mind! LOL!
We can relax, he won’t be around at least for awhile.
By making it a standalone vote, it assures that Reid will kill it and NPR will rock on. Part of the smoke ‘n mirrors John Boehner plan, unfortunately.
Just like the standalone repeal of Obamacare. The real vote on Obamacare was the CR, and it passed. People like Mark Levin are on to Boehner, though. We’ll see what happens from here.
Question for the assembled: Wasn’t Reagan the last pol with Presidential aspirations who openly called for the end of actual programs?
Palin strikes me as more Reagan-like with every passing day. The similarities between them are striking and the conditions on the ground now and(omg)32 years ago eerily reminiscent. Maybe we can finally start the necessary work of deconstructing the federal beast if she is elected.
The Senate cannot fund anything the House does not initiate.
Not only was it not “meaningless” but whacking at the CR at 2 Billion a week does not hurt either.
Some fools, of course, think they can turn the Queen Mary on a dime. They naturally know nothing but how to squawk.
Do we know if it’s a temporary suspension or a zot?
Reid killing it won’t help him nor fund NPR. Intelligent people understand that.
Bad. It marks the failure of the conservatives to win the culture war. Why not take over NPR? It’s a good outlet to promote culture and education.
Cutting 10% of 100% increases isn’t turning, it’s fiddling while America burns.
We don’t know yet....hopefully its the later, but he won’t be trolling about the India, Israel trip!
Finally Netanyahu gets to talk to someone with a brain.
That piece has no bias whatsoever. Nope. Not in the picture selection or the text. None.
Cutting anything is a start in a process which must begin somewhere. It is all done while the Treason Media screams. Some people are deluded into believing that the Tea Party took power in Nov. It did not. Electing a few endorsed candidates is NOT the same as convincing the rest of the country. I had hoped smarter folks would understand this simple fact.
Thanks for posting. Defund all collectives.
If I’d called Reps. Duncan Hunter, Michele Bachmann or some other potential candidate a homosexual, I’d expect to be banned as well.
You really don't understand the concept of constitutional government, do you? The goal is not to do unto liberals as they have done unto us, no matter how tempting. The goal is to return to limited government and to give people their freedom back (a large part of which involves letting them keep their own money, rather than having it taken through excessive taxes and government spending to be used on agendas contrary to their own will).
Don't give in to the ends justify the means mentality. You'll become just another sort of liberal.
The government doesn’t have any business running a radio station, liberal or conservative. I see no mention of it in the Constitution.
Great - now let's work with these progressive idealist and cut off funding to PBS too.
Next step is to make public radio and TV pay for their broadcast licenses like everyone else. Licenses are sold by auction, I believe, and NPR is sitting on prime FM real estate.
Sure, and how has this project been going? I've been hearing it for 30-40 years, and it's the Right's equivalent of the Left's Utopia. We've been defunding NPR for 40 years. The best we on this side can do is accuse each other "You really don't understand the concept of constitutional government, do you?"
IT’s a start. Please don’t stop !!!!
Why, pray tell?
oh.....which thread was it that got him Zotted? happy days are here again......
I don’t think he’’s been banned. I just sent him a response to one of his vile posts and it came up.
I think his profile page is faux... just a game. I’ve seen this before, by others just looking for a laugh.
I personally think he was suspended....but he wrote a vile comment that was flagged, but we will know soon enough.
Where is Pissa...! never mind! LOL!
I was going to ask the same thing. LOL is right
If you go to post 121 and 122 on the thread of concern.... you will see confirmation.... the boil has been lanced! ;>)
He is gone! Just like the witch is dead? LOL!
Thank the Lord! his comment was too vile!
“The Senate cannot fund anything the House does not initiate.
Not only was it not meaningless but whacking at the CR at 2 Billion a week does not hurt either.
Some fools, of course, think they can turn the Queen Mary on a dime. They naturally know nothing but how to squawk.”
Right, right. Those grand statesmen named Bonehead and Can’t-or are real Profiles In Courage to bring to the floor a stripped down gas-can of a bill that has no chance of going anywhere, and they know it. And right again: the $2 billion (which of course was wiped out by the mere interest on the debt on the very day they passed this joke of a CR), was yet another Profile In Courage, right? I mean, $2 billion in the face of a multi-TRILLION dollar deficit must mean those two geniuses have everyone right where they want them. Yeah, that’s it. Not.
So you tell us then. When this current joke of a CR expires in three weeks, what is it those two outstanding Repubican Leaders in the House will do then?
“Wasnt Reagan the last pol with Presidential aspirations who openly called for the end of actual programs?”
Nope. NPR survived Reagan. But we almost killed it in 1995.
And Sarah is Palin-like. One vast difference between Reagan and Palin is that nobody wasted time comparing Reagan to another dead conservative.
The House leaders have 1/2 of 1 of 2 elected branches of Govt, or about a quarter of the cards. Holding a quarter of the cards means we cant get our way, but have to maximize our leverage with what we got.
How to maximize? Have some votes that show where we stand and use them to push for best compromise and get the most of what we can. We wont get all of what we want but if we get 50%, we are doing OK. The boehner/Cantor strategy is doing OK so far, and you can tell by the fact that complainers complain but rarely have a better idea/plan.
So ... You tell US:
- You want them to defund NPR/PBS or not? They held the vote, they won the vote. Bully for Boehner and Cantor for that. That is ALL they can do in the House.
- You want them to actually PASS things into law, then all they can get past Obama’s desk is watered down stuff. You want that or not?
If you want the watered down stuff, you get $4 billion in cuts in a 3 week CR. You want it or do you want nothing?
If not, what’s YOUR brilliant plan to actually get Obama to sign something better?
Exactly,they could have Defunded and Killed it,instead they created a Bumper sticker that means Nothing and will be Killed By the Senate. Boner and Cantor are Frauds
Excellent and spot on. They share conservatism, but the comparisons end there.
“If not, whats YOUR brilliant plan to actually get Obama to sign something better?”
To make the suggestion that what Boner and Can’t-or ought to be doing is to agree to get Obama’s signature is such a farcical notion it could only be uttered by a RINO, and you’re probably someone working with this leadership. Or at least you support their efforts. Obama couldn’t care less about the Republicans, or what they want or what they think they can get him to sign. If he did he would’t have proposed a monstrous, onerous, almost laughably stupid $3.7 TRILLION Budget for them to pass. A budget his own Treasury Secretary said to the Senate will bankrupt the nation. To think Obama can do that with anything other than contempt for his opposition is to be someone who thinks he really has “Economic Growth” as a policy agenda. Obama, if anything, has shown he’s to be stopped, not appeased or negotiated with. And it’s clear Boner and Can’t-or (who’s the real culprit behind the attacks on House Conservatives) have no stomach, spine or fortitude for such a fight. They want to appease - that much is clear. And just so you know, this piecemeal crap of weeks-old CR’s in the Senate is about to come to an end. A Cadre of Republicans there have already said “enough already”, and will not support another one. The House Leadership can shut down the government to their benefit: most people think it’s going in the wrong direction anyway. Obama doesn’t have the glow of uniting people to him anymore. Boner and Can’t-or have fears that are equivalent to the bogeyman in the closet: they’re WAY overblown.
You institute the defunding of ObamaCare into the CR and make the Senate Democrats vote it down to save it, so the government shuts down. At this point the government shutting down is THE best option we have. But Speaker Bonehead has already declared he’s not doing that, even though the vast majority of those who made his Speakership possible - the voters - are fine with doing it. ObamaCare was such a huge disaster for Democrats in November it’s time to make them accountable for it again. Make them preserve a program that’s been declared unconstitutional en toto; has been fraudulently funded by a stealth appropriation of money; and is so unpopular that “Friends of Barack” are piling up waivers daily (over 1,000 and counting) to remain solvent as organizations. Make the Democrats in the Senate - 21 of whom are up for reelection in 18 months - defend ObamaCare by shutting the government down. Make them defend the very program that cost them “1/2” of the legislature. Then watch Republicans win the other half in a walkover.
Unless of course, Boner and Can’t-or - the same Can’t-or who flaunts his Gucci shoes - really see themselves as CEO and COO of House of Rep Inc,. and part of their “corporate perks” is to get their hands on that ObamaCare appropriated “stash” and redirect it. You know, in keeping with that Rove-Bush philosophy pf Progressive Republicanism. It’s the Rove Doctrine that says the issue really isn’t whether government spends too much, the REAL issue is to make sure anyone with an (R) next to their name on a ballot gets elected so we can have a lot of (R)’s sitting on Committee Chairs, doling out that taxpayer funded largesse to THEIR Republican Blue Blood folks.
Best of luck to Boner and Can’t-or with that.
Therefore...? Astonishing. Reagan had no contemporary such as Goldwater? Let’s assume you are right and have thought out your response, does it follow that Reagan would have no legacy, because he had no legacy? Now, let’s assume that you are wrong and have merely offered reactionary drivel... ding! ding! ding! We have a winner.
While his PDS was over the top and had become obsessive and that comment that got him banned was reprehensible, I hope pissant eventually gets restored to FR.
I liked him before his PDS took on demonic-possession-like characteristics.
I would think they would be blaming the kid with the sting video (and caused the firings at the top of NPR), more than Sarah. I guess they hate Sarah so much that they would glaze over real reasons for the demise of government teat for NPR.
“Reagan had no contemporary such as Goldwater?”
Reagan went far beyond what Goldwater. Comparing to Goldwater only diminishes Reagan. The point is, Reagan WAS Reagan, a unique and capable conservative leader, so that you didnt HAVE to compare him to anyone else. Reagan earned his greatness through what he said and did, not via comparisons with the glow of prior greats.
“Lets assume you are right and have thought out your response”
I have, for years. For years we have heard this twaddle of ‘the next Reagan’... its a pipe dream. We keep looking for the next Reagan, but miss the brilliance of conservatives among us, .. as if the newt 1994 Congress wasnt already a reaganite Congress. As if conservatives arent already using Reagan as the touchstone in debate after debate, as if folks like Mike Pence arent already exemplars of such policies. As if sites like Redstate or this one dont already keep the flame of conservative values embodied by him.
There will not be another Reagan, that wont be possible, but that’s okay, because WE the conservative base of the GOP are ALL “Reagan Republicans” THAT IS THE LEGACY OF REAGAN.
“Reagan does it follow that Reagan would have no legacy, because he had no legacy?”
Reagan’s legacy does not require another politician to come along and be the ‘next’ one of him. His legacy is already an enduring one and a strong economy for a generation is a good enough testament.
That’s the way he would want it to be, and if you read Michael Reagan on the topic you’ll get that as well.
“reactionary drivel” - that’s what liberals called Reagan’s speeches... yes, I think my perspective here is ... Reaganesque.
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