Doug Powers asks us to imagine “the outrageous outrage if Republicans were fighting for public funding for a radio network supported in part by Roger Ailes.”
Democrats, however, are digging in their heels and ma’am, those are some pretty high heels to protect funding for a radio network whose political bent is to the left and whose executives take home salaries well into six figures. Now two Senate Republicans have introduced legislation to cut off the gravy train, a bill which should be a no-brainer to any legislator concerned about our burgeoning budget deficit:
Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill Friday to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which doles out federal funds to radio and television stations.
DeMint said it “should be an easy decision” to halt taxpayer money for public broadcasting while the nation is “on the edge of bankruptcy.”
He pointed out that the bipartisan debt commission convened by President Obama suggested ending the subsidies.
The pair focused on NPR and PBS, two major recipients of public media dollars — particularly on the salaries of media execs at both outlets, including the nearly $1 million a “Sesame Street” president takes home each year.
No, Ma’am, Republicans don’t have a vendetta against Elmo. To even make such a comment betrays an ignorance of our nation’s precarious fiscal situation and Republican support for free market ideals. Or it just shows an individual so blinded by her partisan instincts that she could only see animus in Republican actions.
I love Disney. I don’t think the federal government should subsidize the theme parks nor to keep Disney programming on the air. By the same token, I don’t think the federal government should pay to keep Sesame Street on the air. Even so, on numerous occasions, I bought Elmo toys, towels, blankets, books and videos for kids who love the furry red creature with the squeaky voice.
And there are many other such individuals in this country. We are delighted that our nieces, nephews, sons, daughters and adoptive niblings (and other children of friends) can play with Elmo. We don’t have a vendetta against this lovable muppet. We have an aversion to a bankrupt federal government subsidizing media.
Let’s hope that, at a time of record deficits, more Senators have the sense of Tom Coburn and end the unnecessary subsidies for certain media. It’s not only that such subsidies are not appropriate for the federal government, it’s also that the federal government just doesn’t have the money.
(H/t: Doug Powers.)