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I love NPR.
I think it’s a pre-requisite or possibly a side effect for living in the DC area.
They’re doing their fundraiser. I’m going to donate whatever my budget will allow for, and I’m not even kidding.
The reason? I want Federal funding cut to NPR and PBS.
Yes. I am a monster. But I have come to the conclusion that if I want the government to reign in the DOD spending, porkbelly projects, and every other thing I don’t agree with, then I need to become at the very least, philosophically consistent. In this case, NPR can get their money from me rather than from just “somebody”.
No sacred cows. Ever. Let us put every damn thing on the table and cut everything. But no. We can’t because of XYZ. Everything. Did anybody listen to the HR1 debates today? We have to keep the V22 rotor coptors! Otherwise ppl might die. But no we have to get rid of the rotocoptors! or ppl won’t go to college!
Stop with the bullshit, and let’s start cutting everything. I like 20% cuts from EVERYTHING to start and go from there. I am to the point where I’m becoming jaded on the prospect that we’ll be able to emerge from this crisis. I know we will, but I’d like to see sustainable solutions.
The only thing on the DOD budget I liked was the 100 million dollars in research in alternative fuels. It was argued that it didn’t need to be there because of Obama’s pledge for funds for this same thing in other budgets, but the counter argument was that this is a military issue as the US military is one of (if not THE) largest consumers of energy on the planet and that this is an innovation that should be militarily driven and that the benefits to this (paltry IMHO) sum would be reaped by the public after the success of said research. And since they’ve also wikileaked that peak oil was in 2006 the need for those funds is probably justified.
But my treehugger happiness aside, let’s spend some time evaluating what we really want. And if we really want it? We should be willing to pay more for it.
God knows, I was excited by the prospect of Diane Rehm or Kojo Nnamdi Show getting just a wee less airtime…but I’m donating to NPR anyway.
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