Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Alt-Left Media: Psycho Trump Wants to Starve Old People and Kill Big Bird - Lionel
His constituency loves this. But to the unenlightened, he looks like a psychopathic Scrooge of the first order.
First, Trump kills Meals on Wheels. Reason had the following review.
But does Meals on Wheels rely on government grants to do its good work? There are hundreds of Meals on Wheels organizations around the country, so it's hard to generalize, but overwhelmingly, the groups get the majority of revenue from charitable giving, not government funds. In 2015, for instance, the national Meals on Wheels reported that government grants accounted for just 3 percent of its annual revenues of $7.5 million. Meals on Wheels for San Diego County in California says that government grants made up just 1.5 percent ($68,534) of its revenues of $4.4 million. Not all branches are so independent. Atlanta's group gets 48 percent of its revenue from government grants (none of the annual reports broke down exactly what level of government or specific program supplied the money). Many of the annual reports don't even break down revenues by source and others aren't even posted online.
Reason again provides this cogent review.
About 70 percent of federal funding for public broadcasting goes to subsidize the operations of about 1400 local radio and television stations that primarily just rebroadcast national programs to their surrounding communities. The money isn't primarily going to programming, which is why slogans like "Save Big Bird!" miss the point. If the Trump administration were to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting, shows like Frontline, Nature, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air would survive. These 1400 stations—a vast, taxpayer-supported distribution network—are becoming increasingly unnecessary now that viewers like you can access NPR and PBS programming through the internet. Federal funding is actually making it harder for PBS, NPR, and their affiliated content producers to fully embrace the Netflix-like approach to distribution that would best serve their audiences. Those who truly love Big Bird (and don't want to see PBS further cannibalized by media organizations with more robust revenue models) should favor eliminating federal funding.
And throw the following in for good measure.
Reason magazine, cited by Lionel, is a libertarian publication.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 21st, 2017.]