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LSUGrrrl
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This isn't a business approach; it's a political one.


Actually, it is a commonly used business approach. In the past few years, businesses have been cutting. In the beginning, you saw cuts that started in paper/office supplies, memos stating to turn off computers, lights, etc when not in use, asking for contributions for coffee funds, fewer supplied lunches for worker, decreased daily meal allotments for meals, no reimbursements for alcohol purchases with meals... Then you saw reduction in OT, business travel, employee seminars & education eliminations, college tuition reimbursements, 401k match, moratoriums on hiring - even in much needed positions, salary cuts, etc. Then you got to the more painful things like layoffs.


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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
As said in the previous post it is cleverly disguised. If you haven't watch an episode of Sesame St. since you were a child I think you would be very surprised at what they have on their now.

It's sad really, I wanted my children to have similar memories as I have from my childhood but the propagandists have taken over the writing of that show.


JOHNN
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I think this is a big part of the problem with cutting spending. Many programs like PBS are ingrained in our culture and very loved bc they are remembered fondly. In the days before cable (Dora, Nick Jr, Sprout, etc), PBS offered the only educational children's programs on tv and many Americans grew up watching these programs. They are tied to our childhood and are remembered fondly.


Exactly. My daughter loves the shows on PBS and I enjoy watching them with her because they ate actually educational. Its pretty sad that PBS has better shows for kids than Disney, Nick, and the cartoon network. Disney Jr is ok but that only about 3 hours in the really early morning those shows are on.

If the station was in fact cut from government funding, youd have investors lining up in droves to get the rights for the shows. The money made from side items related to those shows is so big that they would gladly broadcast the station for free to viewers. I guarantee that people started salivating (in a good way) when they heard it would be cut because the saw dollar signs in their head.


RTR America
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If the station was in fact cut from government funding, youd have investors lining up in droves to get the rights for the shows. The money made from side items related to those shows is so big that they would gladly broadcast the station for free to viewers. I guarantee that people started salivating (in a good way) when they heard it would be cut because the saw dollar signs in their head.


This is exactly what Mark Lavin said last night. These shows are absolute cash cows.


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Homesick Tiger
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?


It's not imo. If the government can run a "business" that is successful, viewership wise, then a private company should be able to do the same thing, only better, without costing taxpayers money for a non-necessity entity.


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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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If the station was in fact cut from government funding, youd have investors lining up in droves to get the rights for the shows.


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Its pretty sad that PBS has better shows for kids than Disney, Nick, and the cartoon network.


Exactly what do you think would happen to those great PBS shows?


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glaucon
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?


Because that is what polling shows us. People like Big Bird.


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DCRebel
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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Actually, it is a commonly used business approach. In the past few years, businesses have been cutting.


You missed my point.

I'm not saying that it in itself isn't a business approach. It is. I'm saying that, in this context, it's a political move.


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DCRebel
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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As said in the previous post it is cleverly disguised. If you haven't watch an episode of Sesame St. since you were a child I think you would be very surprised at what they have on their now.



Okay, so do you have some examples? I'm not denying you, I'm just asking to see what you see.


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LSU80 USF08
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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NPR is great.
But it is outside the size and scope of government.

You are completely missing its purpose. The government and donation funding is to keep it independent of commercial interests. It's hard to do an unbiased revealing documentary if you are afraid of pissing off the people that advertise with you.


RTR America
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You are completely missing its purpose. The government and donation funding is to keep it independent of commercial interests. It's hard to do an unbiased revealing documentary if you are afraid of pissing off the people that advertise with you.


You are also missing the point. We are broke. We don't need it. The free market can handle it just fine.

ETA: And if you saw any of their coverage of the RNC you will see that they a very bias (PBS that is)
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SilverSpurs13
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You are also missing the point. We are broke.


It is 1/100th of 1% of the budget


RTR America
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It is 1/100th of 1% of the budget


I know but for reasons of trying to get elected it is one thing he can get away with saying he is going to cut without pissing off a bunch of people. Do you think Americans should 450 million dollars in taxes a year for PBS?


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Taxing Authority
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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You are completely missing its purpose. The government and donation funding is to keep it independent of commercial interests.

You're ignorant. Or lying. I'll not guess.

Both PBS and NPR take HUGE amounts of "donations" from corporations. More than they get from the taxpayers, in fact. What do you think those "This show provided in part by...." messages before and after every program are?

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It's hard to do an unbiased revealing documentary if you are afraid of pissing off the people that advertise with you.
So what's magic about government money? By your logic... wouldn't it be hard to do an unbiased revealing documentary if you're afraid of pissing off the government?

There is NOTHING magic about government money.
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LSU80 USF08
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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And if you saw any of their coverage of the RNC you will see that they a very bias (PBS that is)

From your point of view I'm sure most of the rational world appears biased.


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mmcgrath
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?


Because people like the idea of a public station. And they like the programming it offers. It is just that simple.

If you proposed a tax to cover PBS that would be safe from cuts a great majority of people would vote for it.


JWS3
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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Because people like the idea of a public station. And they like the programming it offers. It is just that simple.


Then let them pay for it, and leave the other taxpayers out of it, it is just that simple


mmcgrath
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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Then let them pay for it, and leave the other taxpayers out of it, it is just that simple


Sorry, but majority rules. Especially when that majority is above 70% of the voting public.


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JWS3
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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It is 1/100th of 1% of the budget


The are tens of thousands of federal programs that are "only" 1/100th of 1% of the budget, add them all up and you have a real budget issue.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Why is defunding PBS an unpopular idea?
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Cut 100 small, unnecessary things and you have done something significant.


Probably, but increasing military spending seems pretty ridiculous on the surface. I think people have just been programmed into believing more military spending (regardless of where it goes) keeps them more secure and there is no such thing as wasteful military spending.


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