Republicans: Stop funding PBS and Nat'l Endowment for the Arts

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    Cut all PBS funding, Republicans urge
    Last Updated Thu, 20 Oct 2005 17:26:46 EDT
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    There is a new call from Republican circles to pull all federal funding to PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    As the White House scrambles to find ways to pay for an expensive war in Iraq and the rebuilding of New Orleans, public broadcasting is once again being offered up as an expense the American public can possibly do without.

    PBS television and radio receives $400 million US annually in federal support.

    The Republican Study Committee, a conservative group within the caucus, recommended on Wednesday that it all be cut. The U.S. deficit for 2005 has been projected to hit $314 billion and another $200 billion might be necessary to rebuild New Orleans and other Katrina-hit areas.

    The Republican group is seeking ways to cut spending by $102 billion this year. The National Endowment for the Arts, which subsidizes ballet companies, opera and the visual arts also is being targeted.

    It hands out $125 million a year in government money and a growing number of Republicans are talking about killing it. One report says that the endowment often ends up funding artists who are doing work that is questionable in its value and appropriateness.

    The endowment amended its funding policies over the past nine years to promote more traditional arts, after an earlier attempt to cut all its funding.

    Congress overruled a proposal made by a House committee in June to cut all government funding to PBS over a four-year period. However, support for shows such as Sesame Street and Masterpiece Theatre has been reduced.

    PBS is currently 85 per cent supported by other sources, mainly subscribers.

    Republicans have criticized the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which operates PBS, for "liberal bias" in its programming. "Eliminating the federal share of CPB funding would free up $400 million this year," said Gov. Haley Barbour, a Mississippi Republican who needs to build schools in hurricane areas. "That is enough money to build 40 elementary schools."

    A spending bill currently before the Congress and Senate is proposing cuts to programs for middle- and low-income people, including Medicaid and a plan to cover heating costs this winter.

    Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for the Emergency Campaign for America's Priorities, a group that opposes budget cuts, said the effort has nothing to do with Katrina and everything to do with Republican efforts to salvage tax cuts enacted by President Bush

    http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2005/10/20/Arts/artscuts_051020.html?ref=rss
     
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    I'm fine with the idea. :)
     
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    Uh-oh! Expect little kids with signs about Republicans trying to kill Big Bird!
     
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    You know, for all the bitching liberals do about how "the government practically, like, owns the media and tells them what to say, man"; you would think that a Government-funded TV network wouldn't be high on their favorites list. God they are so damn confusing.
     
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    You guys can joke all you want, but I love PBS. It has a lot of quality news as well as educational and entertainment programming. A lot better than what aires on other privately owned stations. Who doesn't like this old house or frontline or nova? It sucks that a public good like PBS has to suffer to pay for a war.
     
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    Ha! Sorry that last part cracked me up.

    If its so damn good they you need not worry. IT will remain alive with "support from Viewers like You." :)
     
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    Ya see, this is what you get when you jump on the bandwagon of bashing the majority party into the ground. Biting the hand that feeds you, ya know?
     
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    Are you talking to me or someone else?
     
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    Why not change the voice of PBS instead of just obliterating it?
     
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    Why assume that it should be the federal government that should fund it? You could get your city government to help fund it in your area if you feel government owned media so important.
     

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