Skip to comments.Romney Wants to End Federal Funding of Public TV
Posted on 08/30/2012 10:26:40 PM PDT by bronxville
In remarks certain not to endear him to the liberal media, Mitt Romney has told CBS News that federal subsidies for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) have to end. AIM has argued for years that the taxpayers should not be forced to underwrite the liberal programming on public television.
The headline, Romney: Id cut PBS, Obamacare, arts subsidies, is running over a Romney interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley. Asked for specific budget cuts, Romney listed the subsidy for PBS, the subsidy for Amtrak, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts and the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Another excellent article by Cliff Kincaid.
Great line from Romney to answer to the “heartless cuts”.
It’s a start.. Might I suggest..
EPA, Dept of ed, kick fanny and freddy out of the house, cut off GM and many many other departments ripe for cuts/elimination..
President doesn't get any say on funding, except for veto.
Brilliantly on point. Those programs are questionable even IF we had the money to pay for it... but it is truly hideous that we are incurring such debt to keep paying for them.
If you want NPR shut down, talk to the House of Representatives. They are the ones funding NPR.
I’m hopeful we are also going to take the Senate :-)
I'm not holding my breath.
Our best chance was after the 1994 elections and it didn’t happen then. Romney ain’t gonna do it.
How about defud NRP and Pacifica??
how about Planned Parenthood, something he has loved since about age 11??
NOthing wrong with that idea....
They tried in 1994 and the economy was prosperous and the soccer moms whose yuppy husbands were making a mint were very generous if they paid taxes for the children accused the GOP of killing Sesame Street and Barney. Today those yuppy husbands are making 1/3 less due to age and saber tooth career path, some cannot get jobs because they are too old and no longer fit the image the corporation wants, their soccer mom wives are no longer generous with their money after their 401k became 201k plans. This time the GOP has a better chance to get rid of programs that are considered nonessential and luxuries.
The GOP has held the House for how long? Call me when they do something to shut down Big Bird.
Problem is that both parties are big government extremists that ignore the Constitution.
How about stop funding the middle east? They hate us, they want us dead. We give them billions of dollars and they still charge us for their oil.
Get rid of subsidizing other countries. I want that money given to our troops to protect us from those countries.
Take Air force One away from the President for his wife’s travel excursions. She should not be flying on our dime. We did not put her in the White House and she is not on our payroll.
I have more, but I’m tired!
Well, actually...they're not.
With the Senate having refused to sign off on a budget for three years now, the funding of each and every federal program has gone on auto-pilot -- becoming a function of the baseline plus 6-10% for inflation.
Porkulus is now built into the numbers. Instead of a one-time "stimulus", the bill actually assigned the appropriations to departmental budgets -- making them part of the baseline.
As a result, the only control the House has is over total spending -- as defined by the debt limit. They cannot exert any influence on departmental spending except within the negotiations over the debt limit. Which, of course, also requires administration and Senate approval.
The House simply can't de-fund PBS by itself. They can write a budget that does so but, as we have seen, it never sees the light of day in the Senate.
Which brings us back to the baseline...
It's now apparent that the 'Rats knew all along that Obamacare was going to cost them the House. But Harry Reid, the nefarious bastard, figured out a way to keep the spending going forward on all their pet programs without the House. All it took was continued Democrat control of the Senate...and inaction.
The convention was ignored by my local PBS radio. I was stunned.
Yes! A most excellent article!
“Get her done!”
Now is the time to: “Get the job done!”
Public money should never have been allowed to fund that trash!!!
“Problem is that he won’t have any authority over the budget except to veto the entire budget bill.”
That should be his first order of business!!
Until Congress sends him a bill that has been cut by at least 75%, just keep vetoing them!!!!
Get back to me when the depts of education and energy are abut to be shuttered.
An excellent idea - and long, long overdue.
America’s toffs have been amusing themselves at the public teat for far too long.
Let them endure commercials like everyone else.
Perhaps, but he might also have his press guy point out those who stand in the way of sanity and get their constituents to apply some pressure to the right nerves. I believe this carap about not using the bully pulpit to cut down the trash that needs to be taken out is "tact" taken too far. Point fingers and use facts so the People know who is holding up progress and tell us what their apparent motivation is - that would be transparency We the People could work with.
Why doesn’t he suggest we cut the salaries of Congressmen, Senators, reduce their free parking, make them pay for their own health insurance. Take away from Farmers, Sugar Growers, Tobacco, Car Manufacturers, Crazy classes that are stupid at Universities and all of these grants to study farting cows.
While he’s at it, how about eliminating all government funding for the Ad Council? The radio PSAs that have inundated and rotted our eardrums since Obama took office are just inane.
The Dept of Ed is an excellent start.
With decades of increasing expenditures coinciding exactly with decades of declining test scores, its existence cannot be justified.
Unimpressed by this lazy bloody shirt waving. Talk is cheap:
“Great line from Romney to answer to the heartless cuts.”
I’d like to see some heartland cuts like farm subsidies for corn to ethanol. Actually any farm subsidy would do. I’ve never met a poor farmer, named Archer Daniels Midland.
“decades of declining test scores,”
Decades of causing declining test scores.
Has he already checked his huevos at the D.C. city limits? There are way bigger cuts that need to be made. He could start with the UN, the ME, every stimulus mooching company starting with the greenie eco and GM and fed departmental waste beginning with kicking out the hussein czars.
The Executive has more power to cut than he has to spend.
Congress can pass all the budgets they want, but allocating money for the executive branch isn’t the same as the executive branch spending it.
I don’t know that any president has had the guts to do it, but Romney/Ryan could just sit on the money and let it pile up in government accounts, which would be a great way to illustrate that it isn’t needed and put the spotlight/blame back onto Congress.
"It's honor to give 10 thousand dollars, especially now, when the rich mosaic of cable programming has made public television so very, very unnecessary."
There are myriad foundations that can help to pay for PBS. They need to adjust the contracts with the creators of Sesame Street, Clifford, Dora the Explorer, to retain a percentage of the millions of dollars of sales of toys, etc, from those programs. I think that alone would go a long way toward paying for the network!
As for the arts; many years ago, the arts were funded by people who appreciated them. The folks who appreciate them today can help fund them again. In so doing, we may not have to be subjected to the crap that has been posing as art for the past 30 years.
Romney could cut the deficit in half the first year and the belly-achers and whiners will be "He's running a half a trillion dollar deficit. Stupid lefty."
Unemployment could return to Bush-era numbers and their reponse would be, "Yeah, but he hasn't done anything about Social Security reform. RINO."
Liberals could be jumping out of windows and they would say, "It's a make-work project for the union sidewalk cleaners. See, I told you he was a liberal."
Pout, whine, complain. They should have listened to Ryan's dad. They certainly aren't part of the solution.
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