Thursday, February 09, 2006

Bush Slashes Public Broadcast Funds

President George W. Bush took a swipe at Kermit, Miss Piggy, Big Bird and their friends Monday as he proposed slashing funds to public broadcasting by more than $157 million.

"Oscar the Grouch has been friendlier to the Sesame Street characters than President Bush, who has chosen to make huge cuts to children's television programming," said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. " In a world of fast-and-furious television with ratings-driven content, the public broadcasting system represents the last stronghold of quality child-oriented programming -- we owe this to America's children."

Instead, this administration seeks more money for the military and seeks to make Bush's first-term tax cuts permanent.

In his $2.77 billion budget, Bush asks Congress to sharply cut or eliminate 141 government programs. Almost one-third of the targeted programs are in education, including ones that provide money to support the arts, vocational education, parent resource centers and drug-free schools.

"My administration has focused the nation's resources on our highest priority -- protecting our citizens and our homeland," Bush said in his budget message.

Invading Iraq transformed that country into the leading training camp for terrorism, invoked higher levels of hatred from the Muslim world and inspired free elections that placed known terrorists in power. The only thing George Bush has accomplished is to make his friends at Haliburton rich with no-bid contracts. His Leave No Child Behind program is a massive failure and now he wants to wipe out children's educational programming because Karl Rove told him that CPB has a liberal bias.

This man is accelerating his plan to totally destroy everything that's good in this country. November 2008 may be too late to rid ourselves of this cancer.


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