GOP looking to cut more funding to PBS

From The Globe:

House Republicans yesterday revived their efforts to slash funding for public broadcasting, as a key committee approved a $115 million reduction in the budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that could force the elimination of some popular PBS and NPR programs.

On a party-line vote, the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees health and education funding approved the cut to the budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which distributes money to the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio. It would reduce the corporation’s budget by 23 percent next year, to $380 million, in a cut that Republicans said was necessary to rein in government spending.

The reduction, which would come in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, must be approved by the full Appropriations Committee, and then the full House and Senate, before it could take effect. Democrats and public broadcasting advocates began planning efforts to reverse the cut.

A similar move last year by Republican leaders was turned back in a fierce lobbying campaign launched by Public Broadcasting Service stations and Democratic members of Congress, in a debate that was colored by some Republicans’ frustration with what they see as a liberal slant in public programming.

Still, Republicans say they remain adamant that public broadcasting cannot receive funding at the expense of healthcare and education programs.

Republicans are looking for ways to save taxpayers’ dollars, amid fiscal conservatives’ concerns over the budget deficit. more


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Rangel proposes a draft


Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way.

New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars. He believes a draft would bolster U.S. troop levels that are currently insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.

“There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft, and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way,” Rangel said. more


Is anyone surprised?  This really is the right thing to do.  Currently too much of the burden for this war as been carried by the lower socioeconomic Americans. 

Cowboys 21, Colts 14




The Cowboys played like they should have.  This is the Cowboy team that I expected to see all year.  The defense played strong.  They only gave up one long play.  A perfect pass from Peyton Manning to all-world receiver Marvin Harrison.  The coverage was perfect.  Harrison just made the catch. 

The Cowboys have been the best in the league at creating a penalty at just the wrong time.  The Cowboys had 5 penalties in the first half but only had 2 penalties in the second half. 

Tony Romo who was played like an all-pro for 3 games had a fumble and an interception in the first half.  But he was able to settle down and play another very solid game. 19 – 23 for 226 yards and 1 pick. 

In the second half the Cowboys were able to run the ball.  They had one awesome drive that was 15 plays and took up over 8 minutes.  The best part was that the drive ended with a touchdown. 

The game wasn’t perfect.  Both teams made mistakes.  The Colts turned the ball over twice inside their 10 (once on downs).  The Cowboys drove into Colts terroritory 4 or 5 times in the first half and came away with no points.  Vanderjagt missed 2 fields (43 and 46 yds) in the first half.  The first one clanned off right upright.  Look for the Cowboys to bring in a couple of kickers this week and see if anyone is better than Vander(head-case).

Now, the Cowboys need to get down to business and put this win behind them, so that they can take care of the Bucs on Thursday. 

Hopefully, we are finally seeing the real Cowboys.