An Overdue Idea: Defunding NPR
In the wake of NPR's hypocrisy in firing Juan Williams while keeping Nina Totenberg on the payroll, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) have said they intend to introduce legislation to stop government funding of NPR. While I agree with the idea of defunding NPR, PBS, etc. it is a shame that it will correctly appear to just be done in response to the Williams firing. Is funding a radio station a proper government function? NO! Of course not. Whether Juan Williams is being paid by NPR or not should have no bearing on whether taxpayer monies should be used in that manner. Whenever conservatives attempt to put NPR, PBS, NEA, and other wasteful government spending on the chopping block some minimize it as just being a drop in the bucket compared to other spending such as defense or entitlement spending. That is a BS answer. All wasteful government spending needs to be eliminated regardless of its size. If you watch your pennies the dollars will take care of themselves.