I don’t often steal blog content wholesale from another, but my radio co-host Sandi Behrns posted a video on her blog that just can’t be beat. The House Republicans rode into power in November on the promise of getting serious about job creation and deficit reduction. So far, we’ve seen nothing from them on job creation. When we look at their attempt to take a chunk out of the deficit, we notice that they avoid the big three sources: social security, medicare and military spending. They choose instead to go after nickel and dime stuff that says more about their ideological priorities than it does their fiscal responsibility.
A great example is NPR, the only source of non-corporate radio news in some rural communities. Cutting federal funding to NPR is like pulling a hair out of a dog and saying you gave it a haircut. The cut has zero fiscal impact. But ideologically, the cut speaks volumes. Notice, no one is talking about stopping funding for “Voice of America” and other radio operations geared to our troops, the troops that are part of the military budget we won’t touch. The video tells the tale quite nicely.