Tuesday, March 29, 2011
But, here are a few thoughts that I had in the past few weeks.
NPR receives about 2% of it's funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and federal grants (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NPR#Funding). In 2010, NPR had $180m in revenue. So $3.6m came from the federal government.
Just in case you missed it, let me put that number again:
NPR gets $3.6 MILLION in federal funding.
Here's how that stacks up to other recent expenditures:
http://bit.ly/f6bzTL, we fired 159 so far into Libya, at a cost of $168.5 million. So, if we could have seen fit to fire just 3 fewer Tomahawks, we could have fully funded public radio for a year.
http://bit.ly/ewSO3d). So, if we could see fit to pause the work in Iraq for a mere 12 minutes, we could fund all of public radio for a year.
I have no doubt that there are dozens of examples like this. But, to me, it seems utterly crazy to focus on saving $3.6 million a year when we need to find ways to save billions.
To give one last piece of perspective, millions and billions are hard to imagine. The GOP wants to save $100 billion in spending. If you cut NPR, you will have accomplished 0.0036% of the goal. That's like me giving out $10,000 and complaining about 36 cents.
Honestly, I want to save money. I want the government to balance its checkbook. But cutting NPR funding ain't a good first step.