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Desperate Dems Hide Behind Big Bird

ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:58 AM
Jim, The COTUS doesn't tell us which roads to build and where. It doesn't tell us what Pentagon programs are worth spending billions on. It doesn't tell us which wars to fight. It simply gives us the framework within which to make those decisions. The Constitution gives Congress the power to collect taxes and provide for the "general welfare". That language is so broad that Congress essentially has free rein. It could certainly be argued that PBS provides for the general welfare by providing education and appreciation of our nation to its citizens.
CVN65 Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 1:02 PM
Eric I have to correct you on one major point. The purpose of the "Welfare Clause" was understood to mean that the Federal govt. could undertake those items that were unforeseen at the time of the writing. They were also known to be circumscribed by the specifically enumerated powers given to the Feds by the COTUS. James Madison commented on this specifically stating that that wording did not give the Federal govt. a blank check, that it would have been incomprehensible that they would take the time in the entire document to delineate the exact powers given to the Feds and reserving the rest to the States and include a phrasing to void the rest of the document. He's a bit of an expert on the COTUS.
far2right Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 12:25 PM
Not any longer.

Not now that there are much better private sector program choices.

I am glad my grandchildren cannot stand to watch Sesame Street for more than 5 minutes.

It has zero value.

Jim Leher is a liberal.

NPR is all things liberally considered.

There is no conservative view point from PBS or NPR.

Hell, Juan Williams was too much for NPR.

It is all a one-sided liberal world view.

Instead of being representative of our total society, they instead attempt to shape the culture of our society as they see fit.

It is time to relegate PBS and NPR to the dinosaur dung heap of history.
Ken6226 Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 12:21 PM
So how does PBS "promote the general welfare"?
Mitt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV. As soon as the GOP presidential candidate singled out PBS for cuts during the presidential debate in Denver, the hysterical squawking commenced.

Left-leaning celebrities immediately erupted on Twitter. "WOW!!! No PBS!! WTF how about cutting congress's stuff leave big bird alone," Whoopi Goldberg fumed. "Mitt is smirky, sweaty, indignant and smug with an unsettling hint of hysteria. And he wants to kill BIG BIRD," actress Olivia Wilde despaired. "Who picks on Big Bird!!! #bulliesthatswho," actress Taraji Henson chimed in.

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