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GOP Lawmakers Target NPR Funds

January 18, 2011 by  

GOP lawmakers target NPR funds
Republican lawmakers are making a push to cut Federal funding for National Public Radio (NPR), which would prevent local stations from using government money to purchase the network's programming.

According to media reports, Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) first introduced the bill last June to defund NPR in an effort to reduce Federal spending and enhance competition on the airwaves. The legislation gained little steam in Congress until NPR made national headlines last October after firing Juan Williams, the commentator who made controversial comments on FOX News' The O'Reilly Factor.

House Democrats rejected the bill in December, but Lamborn put it back on the table last week, with hopes that a GOP-led chamber would push it through. The amount of money that NPR receives from the government is unknown, according to The Washington Examiner. Last November, NPR President Vivian Schiller claimed that about 2 percent of the network's budget is Federally funded, while Lamborn said it's a lot more than that, according to the news provider.

While NPR would likely survive without government support, Lamborn said that the new bill would prevent public radio stations from purchasing the network's programming with Federal funds.

NPR said that the congressman's mission, if successful, would violate the freedom of the press granted by the 1st Amendment.

"Congressman Lamborn's legislation is an intrusion into the programming decision-making of America's public radio stations," the network said in a statement, quoted by FOXNews.com. "His legislation will disrupt and weaken the free and universal public media system that serves 170 million Americans each month." 

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  • Dennis

    I can not understand why the tax payer is on the hook for money to run this station? If it can not stand on its own then it needs to be gone. The liberals only use it to beat the conservatives down and to insure the dems get their liberal message out to the people that want the “guvment” to do all for them.

    • Robert Smith

      Dennis says: “The liberals only use it to beat the conservatives down…”

      Can you give us an example rather than a claim?

      Rob

      • concerned grandma

        May 28, 2010 Tavis Smiley – “Far more Christian terrorists than Muslim ones and the Tea Party is comparable to Jihad”.

        what a joke that man is.

        • Robert Smith

          And where is he wrong? Over the years doctors have been killed in America by christians, there was the Atlanta bomber…

          And the Tea Party nuts are on the right fringe too. Do they want anything less than the total analiation of the Obama administration?

          Rob

          • John B

            Hmmm Since you are emphasizing notorious killers maybe the LEFT should include late term abortionists..Nothing quite like ignoring the record of Dr Tiller the baby killer….but why let facts get in the way of the left….jihad against (fill in the blank) I’ll use the term “innocents”

          • Dan Burke

            @John B

            I know people like you and me are so tempted to respond to people like this. Remember, he only sees one side of the issue and loves his progressive issued blinders. Accepting that his own might be responsible for horrors or defending horrors is unfathomable. Just like us Christians are quick to neglect that indeed history does show that there have been and will be radical Christians who commit atrocities.

            Ever heard of the Inquisition? And there is debate on how “holy” the Crusades were–as in more political in nature. I can learn from those things. I can learn that I should not wear blinders through life without be willing to accept the consequences. How many followed their leaders blindly because their religion taught them to? So when I look to the past and consider those blindly following their progressive leaders in today’s environment, I wonder if they realize that they are following exactly the same path that history shows repeats so easily? Only because they believe that they are not blindly following religious leaders they seem to not be able to see that from our point of view that they are still blindly following someone else’s philosophy, especially when history shows that this alternative governance has been tried again, again, and again and it has never turned out well.

            As for myself, I believe in God, and that Christ is the Son of God. Just because I know of the Inquisition and the doubts about the Crusades does not mean that the truth changes. It just changes my perspective on those events. Why would God allow men to do such atrocities claiming it to be in His name? Are you saying that God should take away our freedoms? I thought the devil wanted to take away our freedoms and drag us down to hell, while God was sort of the opposite of the devil. Sometimes I think mankind is allergic to freedom.

            Here’s a little test for our friends:

            If you only had two choices, which would you choose?

            1. Freedom, but you have no guaranteed medical care, no guaranteed job, no guaranteed food, no guaranteed clothing, and no guaranteed shelter.

            2. Slavery, but have have unlimited medical care, guaranteed money and job, guaranteed banquets, guaranteed fine attire, and guaranteed mansions.

            Which would you choose? See, I put freedom and slavery first, so the easy answer is freedom, but if you read all the price tags with each perhaps you might say you want option #3 which is somewhere in the middle. But if you have sold some of your freedoms, how would you know it and where would you draw the line? And if you’ve had a little medical care and some food, wouldn’t you want more? Maybe a small house would be nice at first but over time you might something a little nicer? Little by little you sell your freedoms for the guarantees of slavery. The only catch, slavery once you are fully under its grasp no longer has any need to grant you the bare minimum of your wants and needs to keep you bound. In the end, you end up with none of the supposed guarantees used to entice you in. This is why so many of us oppose what has been called “Obamacare.” We saw the promises. We saw the entrapment. We saw that it was hollow, as history proves again and again that these promises cannot and will not be kept. It is why I thought it was so clever that we pay for this program first for several years, because we would be invested in the program and as slaves to our investment would keep “Obamacare” no matter what freedoms we lost or how it destroyed our healthcare system. The flaxen cords of slavery….

          • Dan az

            Dan Burke
            Very well put.I always enjoy reading your post here.Thanks

          • Robert Smith

            Awwwwww Dan…

            Are the people of Europe slaves? Are the Canadians slaves? Are they slaves in Japan?

            ALL of the industrialized countries have universal health care. Why do you lie about slavery?

            BTW, how can anyone be “pro-life” and coutinue to support the current pay or die health care system?

            Rob

    • Christin

      Agreed Dennis.

      NO FUNDING FOR “NPR” .

      Television, Newspapers, private schools, radio, organizations (ACORN)… all should solicit private funding or EARN their money / profits through a GOOD product that American citizens want to watch, read, attend, listen to, and utilize and pay for.

      I see NO reason taxpayers are funding someone else’s business especially if it is part of an unAmerican Progressive Agenda that is out to kill our great nation and its people.

      Congress STOP funding NPR for starters!!

      Go through ALL the lists of organizations that feed at the TAX PAYER’s expense. Defund them all!!!

      • Robert Smith

        “Go through ALL the lists of organizations that feed at the TAX PAYER’s expense. Defund them all!!!”

        Including Bush’s “Thousand points of light?”

        What about feeding kids in schools? Are you going to let them go hungry?

        Rob

  • David

    That’s a start GOP but in the realm of cost cutting; they need to be looking at eliminating whole departments.

    • Lomax

      This is what I have been saying for a long time now. The government needs to get rid of whole bureaucracies, such as NPR, NEA, IRS Department of Indoctrination (Education), and many others. They also need to reduce government employee salaries by about 33% to bring them in line with the private sector. They should also should simply get rid of many employees because there are to many of them. I could go on and on but I think I have made my point now.

  • AnhydrousBob

    “His legislation will disrupt and weaken the free and universal public media system that serves 170 million Americans each month.”

    NO, his legislation would force NPR to prove that it was a value to Americans. If it survives, it is because economically it is of value to enough people to support it.

    “Free and Universal” is not Free because someone is paying for it. If it is paid voluntarily, then no problem. But what right does anyone have to someone else’s money via taxes? Why should anyone pay for something he doesn’t want?

    • Robert Smith

      Bob says: ” Why should anyone pay for something he doesn’t want?”

      Because it’s good for society. I’m sure you don’t want to pay for someone else’s fire protection, but if his house burns there is a chance it can get you too.

      Besides, in our representative democracy Americans have said they WANT NPR. I listen to it every day. It really is very much in the center. Although they do sometimes have guests on one side or the other it is even.

      Can you demonstrate ANY case where they haven’t worked towards being in the middle on issues? I spend a lot of time listening and I can’t pin down anything “extreme left” as claimed.

      Rob

      • Richard, rural west Texas

        Well Bob look no further than the firing of Juan Williams, he is far from a conservative but because he is no liberal progressive, commie radio (NPR)had to fir him for speaking his mind on Fox. He just spoke his mind and because it did not fall into PC thought he was bad.

        • Robert Smith

          How many “liberal” commentators are on Fox?

          How many are in the middle on Fox?

          So, the show’s he is a racist on Fox and that is unacceptable after other incidents putting him way out of center.

          He should have been fired.

          Rob

          • Richard Pawley

            Which proves how ultra-Marxist NPR really is. Don’t worry in a few years we will all be lamenting the money we have wasted in this country that could have gone to saving the nation. Hopefully the Tea Party can stop the bleeding of borrowed money before the dollar really bottoms. You think we are going to stiff China for the nearly trillion we owe them? Not likely, we are going to them with a rice bowl begging for more money to squander. Most of the informed financial people are of the opinion that the economic power of the world is moving east, to India and China where it was for many centuries before Spain became a world power. Sad to say but many in this country are going to deserve the ‘shellacking’ (to quote Obama) that the economy is going to take. When you see NYC burning out of control and the unions refusing to put out the fires until they can’t be put out may you remember the foolish arguments about wasting money on things like NPR when there is not enough food to eat. Sad, really sad, but all I’m going to say here. The blind leading the blind!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            robert,
            If you enjoy listening to NPR then you and your like opined friends fund it. I think it takes on the main aspect of a vaccume cleaner! I don’t care to fund it by one red cent!!

      • Bruce D.

        Seriously Robert considering most of your replies you would not have a clue as to what center is. Center is not bankrupting the country or high taxation in order to redistribute.

        • Robert Smith

          Really… Defisits went wayyyyyyy up under Bush. I didn’t get much from the Bush tax cuts, but what was that car? A Lexus is what it meant to the rich.

          Tax cuts under Bush were the final part of what put the economy in the tank.

          Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Actually it was the libs, Fannie, and Freddie. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • crystal

        Center is also not comparing liberal media with a life and death situation such as a fire.

        • Robert Smith

          We all know where the right is on “life or death” issues. Look at what they are trying to do to health care.

          Those double speak right wingers will just let ‘em die when it comes to health care.

          I guess “pro-life” means conception until birth (enslaving the woman for 9 months) and then forget about them.

          Rob

      • kenny

        I also listen to NPR, who by the way make it a daily infusion of Progressive (socialist/liberal) propaganda.. it never ceases to amaze me that the left tries to say the Conservatives yell and scream and are unreasonable yet they themselves go into a fit of fury when you refute their ideas.. NPR is one sided, never in the middle, pro-gay, pro-abortion and anti American.

        • Robert Smith

          “they themselves go into a fit of fury when you refute their ideas.”

          Got some examples?

          Rob

      • Bob G

        Smith: You listen to NPR everyday? Have you been examined for Mad Cow Syndrome? You know, the disease where your brain turns into a mushy sponge.

        • Robert Smith

          ROFL… No facts, no ideas, just another slam from the reich.

          Thanks for yet another example of just how bankrupt it when someone asks for specific information.

          Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Looking in the mirror again, moron? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Robert Smith

            Ah, and there is the most bankrupt of all…

            Thanks for making my point samurai.

            BTW, still into enslaving women to gestate what is important to you, until it’s born that is… Then no health care for it.

            Rob

      • AnhydrousBob

        Robert Smith Said: “Because it’s good for society.”

        Actually it is NOT good for society for the government to take money from someone and give it to another based on some lofty idea. In the years since the Great Society programs were instituted, poverty has increased, not decreased. When will we have the common sense to realize the Law of Unintended Consequences is real and rules human actions.

        If you care to learn about economics, I recommend anything by Thomas Sowell. He gives examples of unintended consequences – recorded history is rife with them.

        The example of Fire Protection is ridiculous. I have had non state sponsored Fire Protection in my lifetime. Our area had insurance ratings as good as some paid departments.

        If you think someone needs to go help the widow down the street, then go do it with your money (perhaps I’ll join in and help, too). That is an honorable thing to do. If, on the other hand, you get together with some of your neighbors and go from door to door with guns demanding help for the widow, it is no longer an honorable thing.

        I find that most folks spouting Statist ideas are those that have never had the gumption to question what was poured into their heads as children. Or had the courage to admit an idea they once held dear is flawed and be willing to give it up. By the way, another reason to read some Thomas Sowell is that he once was a Marxist, but who is now very Free Market oriented – because he was brave enough to question himself and the world.

        • Robert Smith

          ” In the years since the Great Society programs were instituted, poverty has increased, not decreased.”

          How’s ’bout a couple of wars that we got into because we were lied to?

          Do you think they had anything to do with wrecking our economy?

          How many schools could have been built?

          How many lives could have been saved with health care?

          Rob

          • AnhydrousBob

            Even though this thread has gotten stale, I’ll respond:

            Where did I say I supported any wars? I do not support them. Yes, they helped destroy the economy as much as the “welfare” systems have.

            So, we are left with the original issue of whether the gov’t should take money from some and give to others. And to building schools – again, before government control, the US had a very high literacy rate, after schools and their coercive methods to fund and run schools – a constantly falling educational condition.

            Health Care – you either believe in the free market, or you dont. Apparently, you think we have a free market in health care, we dont. No system will be a utopia, not any system completely controlled by government or any system without any government encumberences – but the latter will support Liberty and Freedom and the former will be HELL.

  • Milissa Benson

    Please explain how not funding something violates the 1st amendment? NPR is free to get its own sponsorship. After all, Air America did so well, right?

    • Robert Smith

      Big business controls the media. It’s that simple.

      So, when Milissa asks: “Please explain how not funding something violates the 1st amendment?”

      The right doesn’t want to pay for balanced media. They pay for what benefits itself.

      The middle is left wanting. NPR fills that desire for neutral news.

      Rob

      • Jery Winters

        NPR – ‘neutral news’? Not hardly! I stopped listening to it years ago because of its lack of neutrality.

        John Stossel aired a TV program possibly 25 years ago that should be required viewing: it showed a host of ‘businesses’ the government should NOT be in, and one of them was the broadcast business (NPR/CPB). It was an eye opener for this uneducated young man (ok, it WAS 25 years ago!) and made me regard him as more than a Kenny G lookalike tool of the system.

        Stossel plug aside, NPR (and a host of other organizations) doesn’t deserve to be government funded. If people like ‘Click n Clack’ let them send a check: otherwise, no public funding of any sort for broadcasting!

        • Robert Smith

          And let the stations pay for the unfunded MANDITORY EAS that Bushdidn’t use in the two biggest ememrgencies America has had in a very long time, (911 & Katrena).

          What a waste of money that is. Just stick it to the broadcasters.

          Rob

      • Ted Crawford

        The facts do not support you Robert. The country, therefore the middle, leans right. If you progressives believe that NPR has value then fund it! It’s called personal responsibility. Progressives might try it sometime it can be very rewarding!

        • Average Joe

          The left needs for the Feds to pay for NPR…you can’t support NPR with food stamps…they (NPR) can’t accept them as a donation…..Remember, we are dealing with folks that live off the system…not contribute to it….just a thought……

      • crystal

        NPR is far from neutral.

      • http://naver samurai

        Rob, rob, rob, have we been drinking the kool aid again? The MSM and NPR are very left of center. If you don’t know this by now, then you haven’t really been listening closely to the rhetoric they spew on a daily basis. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • TIME

    And rightly so as our Government should not be funding NPR, nor funding any and all states schooling systems, nor states roadways, nor states rights, nor taking away personal rights of persons within the confines of said states, nor any grants to anyone for anything.
    Nor selling off States water rights, nor mineral rights, Nor creating jobs that inpinging states rights under the alleged guise of safety the list is endless.

    The Government has “no business in public business,” period end of story.

    Just as many of you “quasi liberals” state that Religion has no business in Government thus conversely the issue’s I noted above are all in the same basket.

    • independant thinker

      “nor states roadways”

      So long as the states are given back the moneys taken from them by the feds in fuel taxes. The state I live in has been a “doner state” as far as fuel taxes vs hwy repair/construction moneys are concerned since the start of the interstate construction if not longer.

  • Disgusted

    What do you mean: “The amount of money that NPR receives from the government is unknown, according to The Washington Examiner.” This statement is a prime example of why our country is in trouble. No accountability!! Who is responsible for tracking this information and why aren’t they doing their job? If they are sending my tax dollars to this public radio station then by golly I or anyone should be able to find out how much at any point in time without issue.

    This government has gotten so big it is out of control.

    • Robert Smith

      It isn’t hidden. Sheesh, go to: http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/publicradiofinances.html

      Rob

      • John B

        With that list of sponsors why on earth do they need to be sucking on the Governments teat? Another question though How does GM manage to donate $1,000,000 PLUS and we had to bail them out??????

        • Ted Crawford

          The same way as they “payed us back” using even more of our own money! obama motors is as healthy as the fiat money in the treasury!

      • crystal

        NPR website.

        • http://naver samurai

          Of course. Rob is bereft of sources and wouldn’t know the truth if it came up and smacked him across his head. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Bruce D.

    The less money government doles out the more able people will become doing for themselves. Redistribution has pretty much already ruined America. Obama would like to finnish us off with his 1.2 trillion deficit redistribution plan.

    • http://MSN.com Alice

      Obama is doing everything to bring all Americans into poverty. I believe in socialism everyone has to work a lot and often for free and plus have a special idea to agree work for free, otherwise socialism would never work. In U.S some Americans on welfare, some never worked. Therefore socialism will never work in U.S. Obama would bring America into a dictatorship.

      • Bruce D.

        Obama’s aunt who has been in the country illegally living in Massachusetts would be one of those who feel she is owed something despite having never earned anything or contributed to anything. Obama does not feel any personal responsibility for her and prefers the taxpayers pick up the bill.

        • http://MSN.com Alice

          As, Bruce D said about Obama‘s aunt here is illegally. I believe it is Obama’s responsibility to support his aunt financially otherwise she should deport back to Kenya. I red online, U.S. immigration court granted asylum to Barack Obama’s African aunt, allowing her to stay in the country, her attorneys said on 5/2010. His aunt required to stay in U.S. Because in Kenya where she lived before was high crimes, but U.S. in many areas have also high crimes and illegal drugs; especially in black neighborhoods.

    • http://MSN.com Mila

      I agree with Bruce D, Obama his team and growing Government already ruined America by redistribution wealth. What if all U.S includes every state will become similar to broken Detroit?

  • Fredrick

    It is about time taxpayer money stops funding NPR. I don’t care what your political slant is, and don’t hide behind the lie as to how educational the programming is. It is a business, and should sink or swim on it’s own merits.

    F.W.

    • Robert Smith

      Fredrick says about NPR: “It is a business, and should sink or swim on it’s own merits.”

      So is religion, but what about Bush’s 1,000 points of light where he worked to send tax money to the god squads?

      Rob

      • John B

        Lmao “and what about Bush’s 1000 points of light?” Robert you make it seem as though ONLY the right is involved in religion…We know that ONLY the left is involved in NPR.
        As you stated Big business controls the media…and Soros is BIG Business. Oh he controls NPR….. point taken.

        • Robert Smith

          In a “business” world where reporters are being laid off it’s nice to see NPR expanding.

          It’s far better for repoters to go out and get the story rather than relying on press releases from corporations.

          Rob

      • Ted Crawford

        Robert, When are you progressives going to understand?? BUSH IS NOT IN OFFICE!!! The time to argue that was when it occurred, it’s far too late now!

        • Bruce D.

          Thy will never confront Bush not being in office Ted as they cannot confront Obama’s incompetence and destructive ideology so they must divert attention.

        • Robert Smith

          Hey Ted, did the funding stop for the Bush 1,000 points of light going to the churches he liked?

          He doesn’t have to still be in office for his legislation to continue to pound America.

          BTW, Bill Clinton (who left a budget surplus) isn’t in office either, yet he is regularly slamed around here.

          Rob

          • AnhydrousBob

            Hey Robert Smith, I agree with you, cut off all the funding, no matter who is in office. 1000 points of light, NPR, they all need to go.

          • http://naver samurai

            Rob you show us where Clinton had a surplus. It was just made up out of thin air, moron! The “locked box” stuff was just another lie by the left wing extremists for the aquiring of votes. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Robert Smith

            Your claim is false samurai.

            For Goddess and Country.

            Rob

      • crystal

        The topic isn’t Bush, the topic is NPR. Why is it that liberals always have to run to what Bush did in order to justify what they’re doing.

        • independant thinker

          Because that is the only thing they have (Bush bashing that is).

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Don’t forget Palin bashing!!! If it wasn’t for Bush n Palin, the left would be silent!!

          • Christin

            The LEFT bashes EVERYONE and everything that is NOT on their freedomless side:
            Bush (who has done wrong things I believe), Palin, Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Partiers, Constitutionalists, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Talk radio, FOX, American citizens, Christians, God, the cross, Capitalists, Free Markets & Entreprenurialship, debt free, personal responsibility, real American history, truth…

          • http://naver samurai

            Christin, let’s not forget about veterans that fought for this country and gave him these freedoms that they enjoy so much, but haven’t earned. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Woody

    Wait a minute. . .

    Funding NPR is ‘free speech’? Then by that toekn we should be using tax dollars to fund the conservative talk radio as well. After all, tax dollars = free speech.

    But the left wants to impose the ‘fairness’ doctrine’ on conservative talk radio. . . so where is free speech in that concept? Conservative talk radio makes its way without taxpayyer dollars. Logically NPR should be more subject to the ‘fairness doctrine’ than conservative radio. . .

    • Ted Crawford

      Come now Woody, you are aware, aren’t you that “progressive logic” is one of our ultimate oxymorons!

    • Robert Smith

      ” Conservative talk radio makes its way without taxpayyer dollars. ”

      That’s because the right spends money to screw Americans with Rush and his ilk whipping up a small minority.

      Rob

      • Jeep

        What Was that an answer, a statement, or just plain confusion?

      • http://naver samurai

        We weren’t a small minority in November now, were we? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • azwayne

    Nobody with a straight face can watch ifill and mclaughlin, elanor the idiot, and say pbs,npr is central, ifill campaigned for ODUMBO at the same time trying to sell her racist book. About the lack of accountability of federal clear as the nose on your face.

  • castaway

    WHy is it always the citizens of this country that are forced to tighten their belts when we ask the government to balance the books? I would like to see them do some things that would cut their wages, and benifits. They also need to stop the horrific spending overseas,that is mostly a waste. I am tired of buying freinds and allies.I am also tired of supporting their wars and militaries. If you government idiots want to balance the budget take away some of your own perks and leave us alone. Stop spending billions of dollars overseas. Spend it here, at home.THen make it easy for manufacturers to make a profit here on our soil, and eliminate the Unions.

    • Robert Smith

      “They also need to stop the horrific spending overseas,that is mostly a waste.”

      I know a couple of wars that we should stop. Pick everyting out of that sand box and bring it all home. Our guys can’t even have a legal beer if they want one. We aren’t even fighting for their freedom, just one faction over another.

      Rob

      • Jeep

        “I know a couple of wars that we should stop.” What wars are you talking about? The wars against our enemies overseas? Or, the wars being fought against our enemies here at home?

  • http://None Bob Nichols

    If the programming provided by NPR, and PBS, is not sufficient to provide funds for operation then, in my opinion, they do not deserve to be operating…Federal funds should be withdrawn from both organizations because they become, when paid for by federal money, just a propaganda agency for the government which is now totally Socialist.
    Our school system is in the same boat. Because of federal money our public schools have become a Socialist brain washing facility to provide socialist voters when they grow up.

    • eddie47d

      PBS and NPR are not funded by commercials like all the other stations are. Both these stations do a great service to Americans and few of their programs are left or right. Some of you are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Few who work for these 2 stations get rich off of anybody and they do bring “old” history to life. Something that is sorely needed in our dumbed down society.

      • Bruce D.

        You may not call them commercials but they are always pitching a contributers business.

      • crystal

        Sorry Eddie47d, but both stations are extremely far to the left. That’s really sad because PBS use to be neutral.

      • independant thinker

        While PBS does not run commercials for money many of the programs do receive most if not all their funding from private companies.

      • Jeep

        No commercials, eddie? Really? When was the last time you heard about the “fund” drives or all the sponsor plugs. I guess it’s better to beg than work though.

    • independant thinker

      I would not defund PBS just yet. While cdertainly not concervative my local station is not a propaganda tool for the left at this time. It does provide much useful programing.

      • Jeep

        Sorry, it, but the govt is broke…you’ll just have to do without like everybody else. If we want to fix the budget, there can be no exceptions. Military, police, fire – I think we can agree that those are necessary expenditures, but radio? Really?

        • independant thinker

          PBS isn’t radio.

    • Robert Smith

      “Our school system is in the same boat.”

      Yup, all that wasted money for “No Kid Left Behind”.

      Too bad the unions won’t let ‘em kill that one.

      Rob

      • Bruce D.

        It would be more accurate Robert to say all the money wasted that went to teaches and their unions.

        • http://naver samurai

          Here! Here! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • bob wire

    Money? ~` how much money?

    “CPB funds NPR via three revenue streams. First, CPB gives “occasional grants” to NPR, which totaled $8,015,374 since the beginning of 2009 to date ($4 million a year).

    Second, Congress appropriated a special three-year, $78 million funds specifically for NPR. This funding stream gave NPR $26 million per year in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

    Third, NPR member stations receive funds from a $90 million per year congressionally mandated effort to support public radio stations in the U.S. The specific percent of the $90 million that goes to NPR member stations is unclear?

    I enjoy NPR ~~ and for a black man serving as a professional mouth piece and carve out a good living to broadcast to the nation that he gets nervous on a plane loaded with towel heads ( well he didn’t uses those exact words) ~ he compromised himself. ~ That he was a black man just adds irony to the story.

    As a professional ~ there is a image to maintain, an application of the crafting words. There was a better way to convey these thoughts and he failed to apply them.

    So he got a spanking. People get “cut” from the team all the time for failing to rise to standards.

    I will continue to support NPR as long as I feel it serve a greater good.

    Private funding would reduce it restrictions and could be a good or bad thing.

    To remove public funding we could create a monster. But “who’s” monster?

    • Ted Crawford

      Juan was fired for failing to adhere to the alinsky principle that one should never tell the truth when a lie serves the progressive cause better!

      • bob wire

        Humor is fun! When people start asking about lies, the best answer is always which one?

      • eddie47d

        Come on Ted, Juan only misspoke and we all do that on occasion.NPR dropped the ball in firing him but I’m sure all stations have “people problems”. Unless a pattern was set then it’s not really a major issue. Maybe the person who fired Juan should be fired (not really)but if he does it again then I would be suspect.

    • Bruce D.

      I say if NPR promotes George Soros ideology let George Soros foot the whole bill. He would not be giving them money if he did not think they were doing his bidding.

  • Pete0097

    Each and every civilian job in the government should be analyized and compared to the private world. THe salaries should be brought into line with them, keeping in mind the retirement benefits that government workers have.

  • Dave Read

    A couple of comments:

    Socialism will inevitable transform into totalarism

    Democracy is the incubator for tyranny

    I reference anyone who doubts the above statements to F.A. Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom” and the new update edited by Thomas Sowell, “Back on the Road to Serfdom”.

    • bob wire

      “Dave Read says:
      January 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

      A couple of comments:

      Socialism will inevitable transform into totalitarianism

      Democracy is the incubator for tyranny”

      Well Dave, it’s up men and women to see that doesn’t happen.

      That it “can” does not mean that it “will” and void of choice.

      I’ve lived long enough to see a beautiful girl child turn into an evil witch. But that does not mean it was inevitable.

      It’s not a tadpole to frog thAng.

      Early Russia worked with all these ideas and forces you imply and all their many variables. It’s a deeply enriching history study and quite an eye opener. I trust you’ve ~ dabbled? ~ It’s a heavy read.

      There were times in Russia’s history that the government was attempting to change and be more “common friendly” but the seeds of decent had already taken root and killed off the very forces that was attempting to offer the changes they were wanting.

      More along the lines of ~ “How dare you! that you attempt to give me what I want” “You will die for doing so!”

      • Bruce D.

        Russia as the prototype of the future??? Cuba believed that also. Socialism in any form, whether it is communism, fascism, or democracy, breads dysfunction.

  • Munday/TX

    personally-the government should do what it was designed to do and that is protect us and make sure we get along-now the rest of the stuff is for us to decide. the government needs to get out of places it does not belong and those that govern should not make it a career!!
    remember when GWH Bush went to a store and saw a scanner for the first time when he bought groceries, well if he wasn’t alife time politician he would have known. People the government is not your supplier. Don’t give them this honor. Get up off your butts and get to work making this country what it is supposed to be-One Nation.

    • Bruce D.

      George Bush was not a life time politicians.

      • Robert Smith

        Yup, he had several business failures before he went into politics.

        Rob

        • Jeep

          Yep, and at least Bush had a business or two, unlike your hero in office now. Never had a job…never owned a business…hmmmm.

        • Bruce D.

          Rob isn’t it about time you stop lying. I do not care what you say about Bush if true. However I believe you purposely lie to make your points.
          Bush was born in Massachusetts to Senator and New York Banker Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, at the age of 18, Bush postponed going to college and became the youngest aviator in the US Navy at the time.[1] He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas and entered the oil business, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.

        • http://naver samurai

          Like you rob? Like you said you went into the navy in 1946, but then you said during Vietnem. Which one is true and which one is the lie? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://charter howe

    This legislation makes sense for many reasons the least of which is that every expenditure of taxpayer dollars must be looked at for necessity and NPR is not going to be affected by a 2% cut after losing taxpayer money and secondly, it is the liberals who want to bash the conservatives with the fairness doctrine, which is a socialist effort to quiet the airwaves from the conservatives and Tea Party base, but the playing field always seems unfair to the progressive democrats. The fairness doctrine if implemented by Obama by executive order would shut down most of the conservative talk shows and TV networks like FOX news where the only news that is fair and balanced would be silenced. Of course the President can issue an executive order to have his FCC CZAR to implement the fairness doctrine and give him authority to shut down the internet by circumventing Congress, but it would be unconstitutional and trying to stop the executive branch from another power grab would be very difficult. I hope everyone understands how important it is to have three equal components of govt, otherwise the Constitution and everyone’s freedom is at risk.

  • Henry Ledbetter

    Cutting NPR funding should be a no brainer for those that really want to cut our national budget. It should never have been funded to begin with, as it does not meet a constitutional test.

    • independant thinker

      Eliminating support for NPR would be a very small drop in a huge bucket and so will make little difference in balancing the budget. I have heard this said about other proposed budget cutting measures as well.

      That said, if you take enough of the tiny steps they become large steps and then the large steps become giant ones. So to sum up “ya gotta start somewhere so why not here”.

  • dhellew2

    NPR is a tool that only benefits the jack–s party and both NPR and the Jack–s party should be banned forever. Taxpayers should never be forced to pay for anything, especially since government workers don’t pay taxes or contribute to their retirement. All government spending is an overhead expense taken directly from the economy which is created entirely by the private sector businesses and workers.

    • bob wire

      “Taxpayers should never be forced to pay for anything, especially since government workers don’t pay taxes or contribute to their retirement. ”

      What? We were forced to bail out banker millionaire as recent as Nov of 08. ~ what’s a little radio?

      and government workers pays taxes.

      • http://naver samurai

        We paid former exec’s of Freddie, Fannie, and Wall Street in 2009 and 2010. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • eddie47d

      Maybe it’s the conservatives who are the ones who want to knock off free speech. I guess it’s easy to beat up on the little guy as compared to the other stations. Take on the weakest first then move on up the line. Since PBS and NPR are fairly neutral stations I wonder what their real motives are?

      • Bruce D.

        It is not free speech if one sided and others are forced to pay for it against their will. Most do not want NPR shut down. Why should conservatives pay for your propaganda Eddie. I do not think NPR will disappear without government funding. Although left, it is better programing than Air America and the favorite of the left.

      • Jeep

        eddie, come on…it’s not “free speech”. It’s being funded (you know, with money) in part by your tax dollars. Period. It’s not free.

        • eddie47d

          …and Fox is bought and paid for by Murdoch. Yes it takes money but money shouldn’t be the only reason an entity exists.

  • Raggs

    I sure hope that all funding to that communist regime stop… :)

    • eddie47d

      That would be the United States of America Mr Raggs …and get rid of that silly smile…it doesn’t suit you.

      • Jeep

        Geeeze eddie, I thought only Conservatives were nasty…

  • http://Persoanllibertydigest Jim

    NPR is one of the first things to Go — then comes the congressional pay and perks and staffing cuts, then comes the down sizing of all of the government. We need to stop being the police men of the world, pay the CIA to do covertly what we are doing overtly. Send all the illegals home and then give the opportunity for these jobs to those unemployed, regardless of the pay. If they don’t take a job — then gravy train stops immediately. We need to cut the corporate tax to 5% and rein in every government agency, EPA, OSHA, etc. We need to raise tariff for any country that doesn’t follow the minimum standards that effect the world. We need term limits NOW– Lets get back to a constitution government, and off the socialist agenda

  • crystal

    I don’t care if NPR receives only $1.50 from the Feds. They shouldn’t be funded at all. Stand on your own and prove your worth if you have any.

  • Schnitzlefritz

    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.They want to dump Fox, we want to dump NPR and PBS.I say we dump all the left wing trolls in congress,scale the union perks back and stop the socialistic brain washing of our school children.Dump the ACLU,the Federal Reserve,cut the tax’es to a flat 10% rate.Kick the UN out of our country,and on the second day,we can start on protecting our borders.Where is Mitch Rapp when we need him?

    • kenny

      YEA!! You need to run for president!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      That’s a good start but what’s next????

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      you got my vote. can I be your Sec. of Defense or Sec. of the Navy ? We’ll clean up this rag head mess in about 2 weeks.

  • Gary

    Left, right, or middle of the road makes no difference.
    I occasionally listen to NPR but there is no reason that tax dollars should be spent to keep it running. NPR and PBS shoud be able to support themselves or shut down. If the huge piles of tax dollars that are collected by the corporation known as “the federal government” were used only as the constitution says they should be, the country would not be in the mess its in now. The US Government has been acting outside of the Constitution in so many ways and for so long now, that we the people just accept it. We literally need to take the country back…legally and peacefully.

  • RHSchumann

    Come on now, people, let’s get real. NPR is the only station that presents unbiased news in a manner that does not sound like a pitch man in a circus. Used to be that commercial staions had news casters that justify the name. These times are long gone and people like Beck, Limbaugh and yes, Olberman on the Left sound as if they are trying to sell a product.
    And of course that’s exactly what they are doing – trying to sell us a bill of goods.
    None come even near the level of Lerner.
    I live in Germany where news casters act and sound like they did in the USA all too long ago. It is a shock to hear the shouting and screaming and the innuendos and outright lies on most American news programs – be it TV or radio. The problem is commercial news casting. News casters have to pitch to the lowest common denominator and most people apparently want to be entertained, not informed. Why not charge for radio and TV? Is it the American way to demand to get anything for free?

    • Sheila

      Say what? We certainly pay for cable airwaves. Leftists are not popular in America because we know that “liberalism no longer curbs discrimination, it invites it”-D.H. Again, we pay for our services, what we are against is not the right for NPR to exist, we are against our tax dollars funding it.

      • RHSchumann

        You pay for cable, but not for the programs.

        • independant thinker

          The programs are not furnished to cable for free swo you do pay to support the programs if you pay for cable.

  • chuckb

    rhshuman

    are you one of those still pouting about the russians pulling out of east germany.you liberals are always spouting out about limbaugh spewing nothing but lies. please show us some of these so called lies! are you so naive to think he could stay on the air spouting all those so called lies?

    i would suggest you listen to barry soetoro, you might find some untruth in some of his dialogue.

    • Robert Smith

      There are too many to post. Just google “Rush Limbaugh Lies”.

      Bunches of hits.

      Books have been written.

      Rob

      • http://naver samurai

        Same about Obama Bin Laden. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • http://gunner689 gunner689

        Lies to a liberal are just truths they don’t want to hear.

  • chuckb

    robert smith

    “rush limbaugh lies” what a crock! “books have been written” never published.

    rush limbaugh must laugh himself to sleep at night with this garbage.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      chuckb,
      They do the same thing with Beck. Ask them for specifics and they always fold!!! They can’t give you three lies that Beck told, yet most conservatives can give many lies that Barry told!!

  • http://com i41

    robert smith, is a definitely a lying liberal one sided idoit. PBS and NPR are far loony left smucks stations. Even the damn cartoons are full of green weiny lies and non stop b–l s–t theories on global warming crap. I would like to know what lies Rush has told, we all know Onumnutts can not tell the truth, and a Soros Socialist Democraps will not tell the truth, and facts causes them to wig out, since truth is foreign to them. Every law and program passed by Dumbocraps is alway turned out to cost 5 times more and never has any savings. Three full blown complete failure lies, Social Security and the Onumnutt Nocare Program and the 70 years of the Farm Program.

  • Sam

    Tav payer dollars should not be used to support a liberal, nor a conservative, radio network that uses the public airways. There are plenty of wealth democrats who are capable of supporting NPR. FOX NEWS ia privte company that broadcasts via satellite, not the public airways.

  • JimH

    All things being fair and equal NPR, PBS, The National Endowment for the Arts should get as much tax money support as the NRA.

  • mickey

    Well, government employees pay taxes, sort of. They simply return parts of their salary to the government who paid the salary to begin with. As far as overpaid, maybe the lower end is a little uncomparable to private industry, but not if compared to a large corporation. The higher end hardly receives salaries comparable to large corporations either. A master’s degree in the government starts under $30,000, sometimes less whereas a large corporation may start at $40k or more. The benefits aren’t that great but the lower salary sorta equals for many. Remember the government is the biggest employer of the US.

    The lower end scale is under union (weak) but does not equate to other large industries.

    NPR should be defunded. Even NPR flagrantly said they could do without federal funding (and it still have more reserves that fed requires).

    Although, I am in the center conservative, I really liked Juan Williams and listening to his viewpoints. He just spoke aloud the thoughts of many of us, especially because everything has to be PC–like groping a nun and little children or getting radiated or hauled off to jail. I still do like Juan Williams but if NPR wanted to fire him, so be it. We got the better deal and NPR supporters are crying foul play. lol, I guess they didn’t think conservatives liked him.

  • Stan Smith

    Yes Stop funding that NPR CRAP! I don’t want my tax dollars to fund the Leftist No news bullcrap! Let them get their own money! The Libtards already just about cornered the media market! The Libtards got CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CNN, NPR and most of major Newspaper and magazine media! and The Right/independents got Only FOX, talk radio, and very few newspaper media! So no more money to NPR crap radio and use it for building roads, to fund police and fire dept.

  • Joe

    Our government funding public radio? I give what I can for listening and watching the various news and public address systems provided to the American public. The GOP wants to cut funding? How bout cutting tax breaks for the GOP’s rich constituents? That would be against everything the GOP stands for.

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