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Friday, June 09, 2006

Not a Hoax...

Well, House Republicans are trying to do away with the nation's Public Broadcasting Service once again, only a year after a similar effort fell flat. The problem this time is getting people to believe it is happening. I posted the story to one email list and was directed to snopes.com to read the "truth" about this hoax.

The problem is it's not a hoax -it's real. The other problem is the perception that PBS and NPR don't need public funding at all, because "only 15% of their budget comes from the government". Well, that's true enough for the national org., but many small local stations, which, not coincidentally, serve largely rural areas where there is no other independent alternative for news, make up a much, much larger percentage of their budgets through government funding.

Supporters of the move, which will slash the PBS budget 25% next year and eliminate it entirely in two years, make the argument that money needs to be saved somewhere, and we cannot cut funding for education or health care in favor of PBS. That type of argument is called "mis-direction" -no PBS supporter wants to cut funding for education or health care; but what about billions for futile wars, or billions in rebates, in the form of tax cuts, for millionaires on their stock-market gains? A country that can subsidize millionaire's yacht purchases to the tune of billions, and then turn around and tell us that we have to chose between cutting education or information services to save several millions, is on the wrong track.

I believe the word is "bamboozle".

The other word is shameful.

4 comments:

Zebigleb said...

Very interresting !

Mike said...

Good point Colonel, but you missed one very important thing. Without those tax cuts for Thurston Howell III, how is he supposed to purchase that new yacht for Gilligan and the Skipper?

Besides, the government can't support a network that broadcasts programs about gay married couples like Bert & Ernie.

Christ, is it Friday yet?

CKW said...

I thought pbs was educational?

And see!!! Mike is pointing out how educational it is with gay couple programs. See I'm uneducated and didn't know that.

Oh back to downloading windows vista beta 2. 3.2GB left to download.

Colonel Colonel said...

zbigleb- welcome! yes, I thought it was...

mike- thurston howell married gilligan on that yacht in boston harbor. yet he still got a tax break. i guess that shows where the priorities really are...

ckw- you need to watch more pbs. bert & ernie are also a "thing" now. in one episode they get together with big bird...