During his campaign, president-elect, Donald Trump stated emphatically that he would make slashing federal spending one of his major goals in the trek towards making America great again.
Cutting out wasteful or unnecessary government programs would be a good start in achieving that end but deciding which ones to cut and which ones to eliminate altogether could be a daunting task.
One program which some republicans have attempted to cut, in the past, is public broadcasting which has an estimated cost to tax payers of almost $500 million.
Despite repeated efforts to kill federal funding of public broadcasting since Republicans won the House in 2010 and Presidential-nominee Mitt Romney made it a campaign promise in 2012, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education are spending $470.7 million in U.S. taxpayer cash to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) this year, which provides 15 percent of PBS television and 10 percent of NPR radio broadcasting funding.
Although their charter requires non-partisan programming, the public broadcasters are always being accused of liberal bias as [a]n NPR article described the 2016 election results as “nostalgia for a whiter America.”
The CPB was supposedly founded as a non-partisan not-for-profit corporation in 1967 as part of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “Great Society.” The President trumpeted that by signing the bill, “It announces to the world that our nation wants more than just material wealth; our nation wants more than a ‘chicken in every pot.’ We in America have an appetite for excellence, too.”
Breitbart also stated that a huge amount of the budget for public broadcasting goes to paying it’s executives their exorbitant salaries:
[p]ublic broadcasting not-for-profits are known for paying egregiously high executive compensation. According to the latest data available for the 2013 fiscal year, PBS’s Paula Kerger pocketed $779,954 in salary, NPR’s Gary Knell banked $756,575, and CPB’s Patricia de Stacy Harrison received $434,364.
Working class Americans have witnessed the decline of their wages and salaries as businesses, factories, and mines have closed up from over regulation while federal spending for programs like public broadcasting has increased dramatically over the last 4 decades.
The Trump presidency is a repudiation of the wasteful spendocracy pouring tax dollars into federal programs that serve only to promote Progressivism in America and we will be much better off without them.