It's as if Rep. Blackburn had no idea that the CPB's operations provide work and income for families and individuals all across the country, including Tennessee. Thousands more work to provide material for broadcast, and online as well. Tens of thousands And this is far more than Rep. Blackburn voting to cut funding - she's a sponsor of this proposed new law.
Bad move - it's also not just pointless, but mean.
"Currently, the government spends approximately $420 million dollars on the CPB. That $1.43 per person covers about 13% of the CPB’s total funding.
Cutting funding to the CPB would reduce the 2010 $1.5 trillion dollar federal deficit by 0.028%, and the $13 trillion national debt by .0032%. “That is a grain of sand on the federal budget beach, and you are not going to solve deficit reduction problems by cutting public broadcasting funding,” said Wick Rowland, president of Colorado Public Television.
Still, Lamborn was adamant that public media be put on the chopping block. “Federal spending cuts need to start somewhere,” he said in a statement. “CPB may produce worthwhile content. That is not the issue.”
Twelve Republican congressmembers have joined Lambon’s bill. Among the supporters are Rep. Michelle Bauchman (R.-Minn.), fresh off her assertion that BP “shouldn't have to be fleeced and made chumps to have to pay for [the consequences of the oil spill],” and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R.- TN.)."