Friday, June 25, 2010

Rep. Marsha Blackburn Wants To Kill PBS

West TN Rep. Marsha Blackburn joins the looney circle - again - linking hands with the deeply strange Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota to co-sponsor legislation to kill all funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - an idea which might save about 2 one-hundredths of one percent in federal spending.

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.)."


  1. Anonymous12:31 PM

    yeah, "zero out the CPB."

    Remember the last bright spot that planned to do that?

    the Newt.

  2. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Ah, where in the US Constitution is the Federal Government authorized to own tv networks (or the 18th century equivalent)?

    Seems to me to be a good spot to start to return an outlaw government to its legal bounds. We don't need no government propaganda organs.

    Strange? Okay, if you think so.