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Demint And Coburn Propose Bill To Defund NPR And PBS.

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.

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