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Romney Wants to End Federal Funding of Public TV
Accuracy in Media - aim.org ^ | 08-30-2012 | Cliff Kincaid

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: I’d 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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http://www.aim.org/aim-column/romney-wants-to-end-federal-funding-of-public-tv/

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: federalspending; fundingtheleft; liberalmedia; pbcfunding
..."Romney said, “I’m going to take all the programs. And look at how much money is associated with each one, and ask this question: Is this program so critical to America that it makes sense to borrow money from China to pay for it?”"

Another excellent article by Cliff Kincaid.

1 posted on 08/30/2012 10:26:42 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: bronxville

Great line from Romney to answer to the “heartless cuts”.


2 posted on 08/30/2012 10:28:11 PM PDT by jb729
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To: bronxville

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..


3 posted on 08/30/2012 10:28:38 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: bronxville
Too bad the republican held House of Representatives has the power of the purse strings and keeps on funding NPR, even with a majority of GOP guys.

President doesn't get any say on funding, except for veto.

/johnny

4 posted on 08/30/2012 10:31:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bronxville
..."Romney said, “I’m going to take all the programs. And look at how much money is associated with each one, and ask this question: Is this program so critical to America that it makes sense to borrow money from China to pay for it?”"

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.

5 posted on 08/30/2012 10:32:16 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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To: Tamzee
Problem is that he won't have any authority over the budget except to veto the entire budget bill.

If you want NPR shut down, talk to the House of Representatives. They are the ones funding NPR.

/johnny

6 posted on 08/30/2012 10:40:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’m hopeful we are also going to take the Senate :-)


7 posted on 08/30/2012 10:44:47 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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To: Tamzee
The House could shut down NPR by itself, should it find some testicular fortitude.

I'm not holding my breath.

/johnny

8 posted on 08/30/2012 10:48:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bronxville

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??


9 posted on 08/30/2012 10:54:41 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bronxville

how about Planned Parenthood, something he has loved since about age 11??


10 posted on 08/30/2012 10:56:01 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bronxville

NOthing wrong with that idea....


11 posted on 08/30/2012 11:01:52 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.


12 posted on 08/30/2012 11:11:41 PM PDT by Fee
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To: Fee
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.

/johnny

13 posted on 08/30/2012 11:15:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bronxville

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!


14 posted on 08/30/2012 11:17:26 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: JRandomFreeper
If you want NPR shut down, talk to the House of Representatives. They are the ones funding NPR.<

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.

15 posted on 08/30/2012 11:23:29 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: bronxville

The convention was ignored by my local PBS radio. I was stunned.


16 posted on 08/30/2012 11:40:34 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 67 days away.)
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To: bronxville

Yes! A most excellent article!
“Get her done!”

Now is the time to: “Get the job done!”


17 posted on 08/30/2012 11:54:09 PM PDT by Letmarch75 ( If a man knows the right way to live and does not live it, there is no greater coward).)
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To: bronxville
Cut all the subsidies to liberalism, NPR and PBS both are a good start.
Make liberals pay their own way.
18 posted on 08/31/2012 12:01:37 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: bronxville

Public money should never have been allowed to fund that trash!!!


19 posted on 08/31/2012 12:01:51 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: JRandomFreeper

“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!!!!


20 posted on 08/31/2012 12:05:11 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: bronxville

Get back to me when the depts of education and energy are abut to be shuttered.


21 posted on 08/31/2012 12:25:49 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: bronxville

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.


22 posted on 08/31/2012 2:38:51 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: JRandomFreeper
Problem is that he won't have any authority over the budget except to veto the entire budget bill.

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.

23 posted on 08/31/2012 3:43:47 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: GeronL

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.


24 posted on 08/31/2012 3:49:55 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: bronxville

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.


25 posted on 08/31/2012 4:13:17 AM PDT by prairie dog
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To: cableguymn

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.


26 posted on 08/31/2012 4:42:49 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: bronxville

Unimpressed by this lazy bloody shirt waving. Talk is cheap:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1067204/posts


27 posted on 08/31/2012 5:07:51 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: jb729

“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.


28 posted on 08/31/2012 5:24:04 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Cymbaline

“decades of declining test scores,”

Decades of causing declining test scores.


29 posted on 08/31/2012 5:25:12 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: bronxville

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.


30 posted on 08/31/2012 5:30:43 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bronxville

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.


31 posted on 08/31/2012 5:40:33 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: bronxville
Homer Simpson on Public Television:

"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."

32 posted on 08/31/2012 6:23:50 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: bronxville
“I’m going to take all the programs. And look at how much money is associated with each one, and ask this question: Is this program so critical to America that it makes sense to borrow money from China to pay for it?”"

Perfect!

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.

33 posted on 08/31/2012 10:35:02 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: bronxville
And, you can see from the responses here what the tack of the purity pack is going to be.

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.

34 posted on 08/31/2012 11:06:30 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Government's solution to everything: Less freedom.)
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