The Republicas have started to take the axe to our monsterous federal government but have failed so far to cut anything really meaningful like shutting down the Federal Department of Re-Education or ending subsidizes for ethanol and other corporate easter eggs. Halting funding to NPR and PBS is a great start, why in hell should taxpayers give one dime to these propaganda arms of the Democratic Party. In the age of the internet and 500 channel cable and satellite what purpose do these boondoggles serve? The Federal Government has no business funding propaganda for any political party. If the shows on PBS and NPR are so wonderfull let the people who watch them pay for them. Or better yet let the billionaire hollywood morons pay to support “The Arts”, they have plenty of cash to give to political campaigns let them put up or shut up. Obama’s own debt commision chaired by a Democrat proposed ending this old dog.
In 2009 PBS President Paula Kerger received $632,233 in compensation, while NPR President Emeritus Kevin Klose received more than $1.2 million. If these “NON-PROFITS” can afford to payout those’s kind’s of salaries they certaintly do not need taxpayer subsidizes. The liberals moan and cry that ‘it’s not that much” but when you add thousands of these government together you start to see serious money adding up to tens of billions of dollars. A 2005 Treasury report found 24.5 billions dollars in unreconciled transactions, these are funds auditors cannot account for The government knows that $25 billion was spent by someone, somewhere, on something, but auditors do not know who spent it, where it was spent, or on what it was spent. A recent audit revealed that between 1997 and 2003, the Defense Department purchased and then left unused approximately 270,000 commercial airline tickets at a total cost of $100 million. Even worse, the Pentagon never bothered to get a refund for these fully refundable tickets. Another recent audit revealed that employees of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) diverted millions of dollars to personal purchases through their government-issued credit cards. Sampling 300 employees’ purchases over six months, investigators estimated that 15 percent abused their government credit cards at a cost of $5.8 million. Taxpayer-funded purchases included Ozzy Osbourne concert tickets, tattoos, lingerie, bartender school tuition, car payments, and cash advances. The USDA has pledged a thorough investigation, but it will have a huge task: 55,000 USDA credit cards are in circulation, including 1,549 that are still held by people who no longer work at the USDA. The Defense Department has uncovered its own credit card scandal. Over one recent 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at least $102,400 for admission to entertainment events, $48,250 for gambling, $69,300 for cruises, and $73,950 for exotic dance clubs and prostitutes.
How about getting rid of the hundreds of overlapping programs, if you start at the local level and work your way up through city, county, state and then federal you have so much overlap in programs that nothing get’s accomplished, yet alone getting done effeciently. The Dept of Re-Education is a poster child for that, how many bureacrats do we need meddling with our kids schooling, add to that the political agendas and you can see the mess. Education should be a local communities decision, to many folks in the education business are more concerned with teaching our kids what to think, not how to think. And I certaintly don’t want some political appointee in Washington having any say in how kids are educated. The countries with the healthiest economies also have the lowest government worker to civilian worker ratios. Smaller government frees people to innovate and prosper without unknown bureaucrats putting up roadblocks and bureacracy. Governmment is an evil necessary but it doesn’t need to be a boot on the throat of the citizen.
342 economic development programs;
130 programs serving the disabled;
130 programs serving at-risk youth;
90 early childhood development programs;
75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities;
72 federal programs dedicated to assuring safe water;
50 homeless assistance programs;
45 federal agencies conducting federal criminal investigations;
40 separate employment and training programs;
28 rural development programs;
27 teen pregnancy programs;
26 small, extraneous K-12 school grant programs;
23 agencies providing aid to the former Soviet republics;
19 programs fighting substance abuse;
17 rural water and waste-water programs in eight agencies;
17 trade agencies monitoring 400 international trade agreements;
12 food safety agencies;
11 principal statistics agencies; and
Four overlapping land management agencies.
By Susan Jones
(CNSNews.com) – Two Republican senators on Friday introduced a bill to stop taxpayer subsidies to public radio and television.
Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money for National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said with the nation on the brink of bankruptcy, some decisions to cut spending are difficult — but not this one:
“Americans struggling to make ends meet shouldn’t be forced to fund public broadcasting when there are already thousands of choices for educational and entertainment programming on the television, radio and Web,” DeMint said. “President Obama’s own bipartisan debt commission proposed ending these unnecessary subsidies to public broadcasting. NPR boasts that it only gets 2 percent of its funding from taxpayers and PBS gets about 15 percent, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own.”
Coburn called subsidies for public broadcasting “indefensible.” “The federal government has no business picking winners and losers in today’s highly competitive media environment. NPR and CPB will do just fine without largesse from Washington,” Coburn added.
CPB was incorporated as a private, nonprofit corporation under the authority of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, and its first taxpayer subsidy in 1969 was $5 million. In the current fiscal year, CPB is slated to receive $430 million from taxpayers, and President Obama recently asked for an increase to $451 million, the senators said.
PBS President Paula Kerger received $632,233 in compensation in 2009, according to the tax forms that nonprofits must file, while NPR President Emeritus Kevin Klose received more than $1.2 million in compensation.
DeMint and Coburn also noted that in 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundation, backed by liberal financier George Soros, to hire 100 reporters. Additionally, NPR has an endowment of over $200 million, they said in a news release.
Today’s report by the CBO reporting the Obama, Pelosi and Reid’s stimulus cost taxpayers $228.000 per job and added another $821 BILLION DOLLARS to the debt should outrage taxpayers. Americans need to wake up and realize that government cannot create job’s. When the government subsidizes one sector of the economy in effect they are penalizing other sectors by taking away capital that might have purchased there product or services. All that bailout cash could of been spent buying I-pads from Apple or plywood from Lowe’s, I bet they wouldn’t of cost $228.000 a pop. The politicians are choosing some workers over others, history has shown every time this happens everbody looses. By propping up failing companies like G.M. and others the federal government is rewarding failure. A perfect example is Chrysler they where bailed out once before in the 80’s and are back again asking for taxpayer money. These mega-corporations have no incentive to take the drastic measures to correct decades of bad business decisions. Bankruptcy would force the companies to innovate or die, and bankruptcy would also allow them to get out from under those insane union contracts. The big labor unions pay scale is not what inhibits these companies its all the bargained away flexibility companies need to survive in a global market. The non-union car manufactures in right-to-work states pay about the same but have more flexibility with there workforce. The obscene cost per job created is coming out of every taxpayers paycheck, taxpayers could surely spend there own money in more productive ways creating job’s in there own states and cities. The taxes gained locally would also be seen immediately and taxpayers would have more say so in how there spent. Why should taxpayers in one state be forced to subsidized other states like California who vote for morons that pander to special interest and are gutless to make hard decisions. After all they can count on the rest of the country to subsidize their poor decisions. The federal government has failed every time it has intervened in private sector business, more harm then good is the usual result. When politicians intervene in private sector business there decisions and actions are based on making there supporters and special interest happy. Obama’s stimulus is the perfect example, the majority of “job’s” where steered to special interests that financed his campaign. When private sector businessmen make there decisions there based on growing a profitable business. By the time politicians and bureaucrats get done regulating and strangling business you can see why it costs $228.000 to create a $60.000 a year job. These subsidized jobs in many cases disappear when the government subsidy dry’s up, by then the politicians are destroying the new “cause of the week. Can anybody name one instance where government meddling ever benefited the taxpayer?
A report released last week by the CBO called, “Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output from October Through December 2010” says the stimulus law cost a total of $821 billion, up from the CBO’s original estimate that it would cost $787 billion.
In the third quarter of 2010, the CBO estimates that somewhere between 1.4 million and 3.6 million jobs were created or saved by the stimulus. The $821 billion cost of the stimulus divided by the maximum of 3.6 million jobs the CBO says the stimulus may have saved or created equals an average of $228,055 per job.
After his appearance at the Energy Innovation Summit in Washington on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Schwarzenegger, a supporter of the stimulus law since its passage in 2009, about the CBO’s report.
They [CBO] released a report saying that the stimulus package created 3.6 million jobs – a maximum and cost the taxpayers $228,000 per job. Do you think it was still worth it given this assessment from the Congressional Budget Office?” asked CNSNews.com.