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March 03, 2011

Solving budget woes

Congress seems to be acting on the theory of scarcity instead of abundance.

Cutting funds to public broadcasting is not the elephant in the room. The elephant is the refusal to raise taxes on the wealthy while cutting social programs that affect the poorest of the population.

In my opinion, refusing funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will result in the dumbing down of the populace. If that must be done, the return to fair broadcasting where each side gets equal time should be restored. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and similar commentators give only the right-wing viewpoint.

I have written my senators. I urge others to do the same.

I hope our lawmakers are not beholden to those who want to do away with the higher tax on higher incomes. The budget “problem” can be solved by those who have the most pay the most.

Margaret Heckendorn
Kansas City



Whispering: What do I do with the rest of my time you ask? Most recently I've been tutoring a KCMO elementary school teacher on how to solve elementary school math problems. I now know why the KCMO School District is a fiasko and is in need of a complete overhaul, and I understand why some people believe teachers union need to be busted (at least that one).


A 50 or 60 hour workweek is awfully light. What do you do with the rest of your time?



Raising taxes to the level where they were 10 years ago is a "raise".

No daddies trust fund here. I was raised in a middle class neighborhood by parents who had an average income. I was one of the few students in high school that took advantage of my public education. I worked my way through college (seven years) and paid off student loans for another ten years. I've worked 50-60 hours per week for the past 25 years (no overtime pay), "earned" roughly $260,000 last year, and paid roughly $100,000 in federal, state, and local taxes. Because of my income, I have to pay the alternative minimum tax (no deductions for me).

I wouldn't mind paying a little more in taxes if I knew it would be spent wiseley. As the saying goes, time is money, and I hate to see my time wasted. It's a fact that billions of dollars are wasted by the government... just look at the GAO's report this week on what the federal government wastes. Much of that waste goes in the way of mismanagement and political payback (by republicans and democrats). Just look at Obama's stimulus spending... only union contractors could bid the work and contractors had to pay the prevailing wage, which meant that our hard earnd dollars purchased less. Where did those union dues go?... back to the democrats. Republicans have been just as bad with the bailout of Wall Street.

Enough with my rant... I'll get off my soap box now.

John S

Raising taxes on the wealthy is un-American. The rich already pay the largest share of taxes. Ending programs that keep the poor on the welfare "plantation" is the answer.

People should be allowed to keep more of the money that they work hard to earn.

Smarter Than You

Wow, Tu. That’s some biased reporting you’ve got going there. It is even false and misleading.

Two problems; First, FOX NEWS, as well as MSNBC, are carried on Canadian cable so they are televised in Canada (Rogers Cable 181 and 185 respectively). Second, the issue with FOX Canada is not being “false or misleading” as your liberal spin machine indicates, but the requirement that it must give equal time if originating in Canada. Allow me to correct your false and misleading information:

NATIONAL POST, June 11, 2010
“when the decidedly left-wing Al Jazeera English (AJE) got regulatory approval last month for broadcast in Canada, nary a peep was heard from Parliament Hill, and its arrival was welcomed by media organizations such as Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. (Ironically, their news release contained no mention of the lack of freedom of expression in Qatar, where AJE’s openly anti-Semitic parent network Al Jazeera Arabic is based). But this reaction should not be too surprising. Fairness seems to be a relative concept in Canadian broadcasting – what’s left is fair, and what’s right is fair game for suspicion.
This bias is even entrenched in Canadian broadcasting law. Back in 2005, journalist and now lawyer Adam Daifallah and I wrote about the feasibility of a Fox News North in Canada, in our book Rescuing Canada’s Right. But unlike the United States, where a similar “fairness doctrine” was repealed in 1987, Canada’s Broadcasting Act still presents a serious impediment to the existence of such a channel.
Why? Section (i) (iv) of the Act mandates that broadcasters must,
“provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to be exposed to the expression of differing views on matters of public concern.”
Meanwhile, section 3(i)(d) requires the Canadian broadcasting system to,
“serve the needs and aspirations of Canadian men, women and children, including equal rights, the linguistic duality and multicultural and multiracial nature of Canadian society and the special place of aboriginal peoples within that society…”
In other words, networks must provide “balance” and cannot challenge many Trudeauvian sacred cows of Canadian identity, as defined by the Act.”

Smarter Than You

PBS Television could be provided to 85% of all Americans without a single broadcast tower via cable and satellite. Netcasting could up that penetration number. What is the cry for hundreds of millions of dollars in government hand-outs really about then?

“Let’s raise taxes” seems to have replaced “change” as the liberal mantra. “Control spending” is anathema to their cause.

Brandon Lyons

D what....rich got rich by hard work or daddies trust fund....it
Wasnt going to be a tax increase it was taking them back to wear the was ten years ago...there.expected to oay taxes funny thing is that most rich werent fughting this its the middle and lower income right wingers who arent even effected by this the filthy rich keep getting richer cause they pay even less in taxes...when will most wake up and realize you pay more in local taxes then federal....if they dont tax the rich they going to tax you fool

Tu Quoque

On March 1, 2011, Robert F. Kennedy wrote:

Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/5123-fox-news-lies-keep-them-out-of-canada


Margaret, I see no reason to support public broadcasting any longer. People have hundreds of cable channels to choose from, many of which are focused on just news, history, do-it-yourself projects, and education. People choose to "dumb down" on their own.

With respect to your tax-the-rich mentality, why have you come to expect the "rich" to pay for everyone's wants and needs (tax incentives for purchase of cars, homes, appliances, etc.)?

Most "rich" people got that way by going to school and working hard. And for your information, they do pay more than their "fair share" in taxes. They pay at a much higher percentage of their income, their total amount of taxes being greater than 95% of what most people earn in a year. How is that not fair when they receive the same government services and benefits? Be aware that most "rich" people give heavily to charities, as well.

Note that the "rich" don't have a problem with helping those who can't help themselves. They are tired of helping those who make no effort to help themselves and those who feel entitled to what they have worked for.


I fully support PBS because you won't get true local television programming anywhere else. How else can I find out about restaurants around town, besides this retarded internet I'm on which can be easily modified to make any establishment look good or bad? However, this lady comes on here and plays the blame game like every other lib and conservative. Quit. Just quit. Take some damn responsibility and let's work this out like adults instead of like children. I hate both repubs and dems equally and we will never get anything solved as long as we're fighting amongst ourselves. I guess civil discourse has been eradicated from our vocabulary.


Margaret: Cuts are being made everywhere!!
...EVERYTHING is on the table...What would YOU choose to cut? Public Broadcasting will be fine (Do you make donations to PBS?)

... I do not think it will as you say "dumb down the populace"...and your point about "the return to fair broadcasting where each side gets equal time should be restored"... I noticed that you just mentioned FOX commentators...there are plenty on MSNBC & CNN that only the give the left-wing viewpoint...(you know...that rule would have to go both ways) GASP!!!

...until then...just don't watch FOX...
............it'll be fine...............


Margaret calls "refusal to raise taxes on the wealthy while cutting social programs" an example of "the elephant in the room." However, I understand that phrase to mean a truth that is obvious but never referred to. Her tax the rich sentiment, on the other hand, is a frequently used, oft repeated, hardly original leftist talking point. So it's not an "elephant in the room," but it may be analogized to a roomful of annoying gnats

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