I’m liking incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor more and more every day. Seems he’s serious about cutting funding for public broadcasting. Just look at what he posted yesterday on his web-site:
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) released the following statement to announce this week’s YouCut winner, a proposal that would eliminate taxpayer-funded support for National Public Radio (NPR) potentially saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
“On November 2nd, Americans sent an undeniable message to Washington to end wasteful spending. In the new Republican majority, the YouCut program will be an integral part of our effort to transform the culture of spending in Washington into one of savings. Americans have cast over 2.4 million YouCut votes, and the mandate to rein in spending has never been more clear.”
“This week’s winning spending cut is a proposal developed by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) that would eliminate taxpayer funding for National Public Radio. When NPR executives made the decision to unfairly terminate Juan Williams and to then disparage him afterwards, the bias of their organization was exposed. Make no mistake, it is not the role of government to tell news organizations how to operate. What is avoidable, however, is providing taxpayer funds to news organizations that promote a partisan point of view. Eliminating taxpayer funding for NPR is precisely the kind of common sense cut that we have to begin making if we want to fundamentally alter the way business is conducted in Washington.”
Emphasis added. (Love the fact that his web-site identifies him as Majority Leader-elect and not as Minority Whip, his current title.)
It seems there will be a vote on the House floor later today. Just like MSNBC and FoxNews, NPR should not have to rely upon government funding to support its operations.
It’s nice to see a Republican leader finally have the courage to press for eliminating government support for this network, particularly in an era of trillion-dollar deficits.