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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by Badmutha View Post
    TARP--supported by Senator Obama--passed by a majority of Democrats
    Supported by both Presidential candidates and President Bush and just enough Republicans that the rest of the party and some of the Democrats could cast a vote against it.

    In other words, the brand names supported it, and the rank-and-file split the baby for the sake of political expediency.

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    Iraq and Afghanastan Wars---backed by a majority of Democrats.....Funded by a majority of Democrats ever since

    Bush Tax Cuts--extended by HusSame and a majority of Democrats
    Political expediency, not unique to the Democrats.

    Quote Originally Posted by Badmutha View Post
    .......and above all else.....approaching a $4,000,000,000,000.00 budget.....to fund government programs.....the majority of which were started by Democrats.
    Republicans have done their fair share of deficit spending.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Lots of stations provide valuable programming - they shouldn't get funding either.
    The NPR and PBS we have today come from a series of efforts to create educational television programming, and they continue to provide this valuable service. Public television was a game-changer in the efforts to use television to provide educational programming, and it still does.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    I hear top-of-the-hour news updates on my local NPR affiliate, and when I checked the schedule for my local PBS affiliate I saw all of 3 hours of news programming schedule for today. Across 4 digital channels. Most of the content offered is children's programming (12 hours a day), DIY programming, documentaries and classical stuff.


    I have no idea where you're getting your information, but as someone who actually consumes what is being discussed I question it.
    Three hours a day isn't significant? I am well aware of NPR's other programming.

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    You can find bias in each and every human endeavor. That doesn't mean we shouldn't fund them.
    So you wouldn't mind giving Fox News some of your tax dollars? Yes, bias is inevitable in any action, but we rely on the media to get as balanced a picture of the world as possible.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    The NPR and PBS we have today come from a series of efforts to create educational television programming, and they continue to provide this valuable service. Public television was a game-changer in the efforts to use television to provide educational programming, and it still does.
    If that was all they did, I'd have no problem continuing to fund them. However, they are using some, if not much of their time promoting partisan political views. That should not be funded by taxpayer dollars. Go back to being 100% educational, fine. Otherwise, screw 'em. I'll fund their educational activities only.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    If that was all they did, I'd have no problem continuing to fund them. However, they are using some, if not much of their time promoting partisan political views. That should not be funded by taxpayer dollars. Go back to being 100% educational, fine. Otherwise, screw 'em. I'll fund their educational activities only.
    Three things. First, define "partisan political views" because for all I know, you mean everything that isn't conservative is "partisan." Second, clear-cut example? Third, NPR is a hell of a lot better than anything else we've got, except maybe foreign news services commenting on our politics.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Three hours a day isn't significant? I am well aware of NPR's other programming.
    Compared to what my local affiliate does with the other hours of the day on its four digital channels, and especially compared to the volume of genuinely educational programming -- no, it's not significant.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    So you wouldn't mind giving Fox News some of your tax dollars? Yes, bias is inevitable in any action, but we rely on the media to get as balanced a picture of the world as possible.
    If Fox broadcasted a similar volume of educational material, I'd seriously consider it -- I'm not into public broadcasting for the politics.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    If that was all they did, I'd have no problem continuing to fund them. However, they are using some, if not much of their time promoting partisan political views.
    I've already demonstrated that "much" isn't a word that accurately describes what you're talking about.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    That should not be funded by taxpayer dollars. Go back to being 100% educational, fine. Otherwise, screw 'em. I'll fund their educational activities only.
    Paying only for what we explicitly like isn't how government works. Just saying.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Meowenstein View Post
    First, NPR is gov't propaganda and it's not socialist media. What a ridiculous assertion. Do you even know what socialist means? Second, lots of things aren't authorized by the Constitution - like the DOD, Dept of Ed, FDA, EPA. Should they be abolished because they're not in the Constitution?

    Let's see....it's funded by the government. It's propaganda. So, yeah, actually it is government propaganda.

    Yes, socialist means stealing property from the people capable of creating it and throwing it at the people who couldn't earn it.

    Actually, the Department of War, now known as the DoD, IS authorized by the Constitution. The Departments of Mr. Ed, Cheech and Chong, and Smokey Bear, are not, as you pointed out, Constitutional.

    So you're arguing that because the Constitution was violated create those departments that the Constituton was not violated? But yes, they should be abolished and those few functions they perform that may be authorized by the Constitution should be transferred to the Constitutionally authorized departments already existing.

    The federal government is forbidden to fund education, hence there's no overlapping with the Dept of Mr. Ed. Eliminate it, return to the states those taxes presently collected for those purposes and cease the federal collection of taxes allocated to education funding. Welcome to the principles of federalism upon which this nation was founded.

    Try telling that to the majority of Americans who support having a public option or the majority who support the DREAM Act.
    What, you in a coma in 2010? The majority of Americans handed the people who forced that abomination health care act down our throats their asses and told them to hit the road.

    The majority of Americans oppose the Pipe Dream Act. The majority of Americans want the criminal alien invaders to get the **** out and go back where they came from. In case you noticed, the United States is suffering something like 15% unemployment, and every single one of those unemployed is aware that criminal aliens in this nation are taking jobs an American needs while simultaneously consuming services an American is paying for to provide to Americans.

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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    It struck me that maybe the Cons just don't want people to be able to read.

    Critical thinking does prevent one from becoming a tea partier.

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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    By all means, try that argument the next time you get stopped for speeding.
    Your comparing apples to oranges.

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