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Watch: Rep. Anthony Weiner Rips House Bill to Defund NPR



Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) spent two and a half minutes on the House floor yesterday sarcastically ripping House Republicans for their crusade to defund NPR, using Car Talk hosts Click and Clack, to mock them.

Ranted Weiner: "The American people are not concerned about the economy around the world. They're staring at their radio station saying, get rid of Click And Clack. Finally my Republican friends are getting rid of them. Kudos to you."


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  1. What will he do when bond market interest rates return to historical norms and suddenly 50% of the federal budget is going to interest on the national debt and 40-50% cuts will have to be made across the board to all federal spending? This charade will look like a walk in the park.

    Oh, well, no one ever accused politicians of foresight. When politicians and exponential math collide, math always wins.

    Posted by: jeo | Mar 18, 2011 8:38:08 AM

  2. ;~)

    Posted by: North Alabama | Mar 18, 2011 8:38:19 AM

  3. Bastards!

    Posted by: Fred | Mar 18, 2011 8:44:33 AM

  4. Question -- Do Towleroad comments generate randomly from a machine, or do you think people just don't have reading comprehension skills anymore?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Mar 18, 2011 8:45:51 AM

  5. @JEO: Are you under the impression that funding NPR is the root of our deficit problem? Have you looked at a pie graph that shows how our money is spent? I'm pretty sure NPR isn't the problem. This move by the Republicans was purely political, not fiscal.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 18, 2011 9:41:39 AM

  6. GOP finally addresses the most serious problem in America in "Emergency Cession" waiving the 72 hour rule of the House to save our nation. I am so proud. The fact is we are not broke, we just don't tax billionaires like we used to. We have literally turned our economy on it's head over the last 60 years. In 1957 (the dark days...) when we were a prosperous nation the highest tax rate was 91%, today it's 35% and billionaires pay 15% for their capital gains. But NPR, PBS and teachers are the real problem...

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 18, 2011 9:42:42 AM

  7. Well said, Dave. You too, Ryan.

    Posted by: Patric | Mar 18, 2011 9:58:23 AM

  8. I'm so glad we cut these guys so that we can keep our Military Industry Complex at the size it's currently at- just imagine if we had to cut back there a smidgen; China, Osama, North Kore and Iran would certainly jump, attack, and take us over in the blink of an eye!

    Posted by: Baby Jane | Mar 18, 2011 10:33:10 AM

  9. How about ending all corporate welfare by ensuring that *every* corporation pays taxes on its earnings. No exceptions. How about a flat corporate tax rate with NO exemptions or loopholes. You know shared sacrifice and all.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 18, 2011 10:51:09 AM

  10. I'm with Chris - why don't we tax corporations to balance the budget? That would make a helluva bigger impact on our budget that killing the funding for poor little NPR.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 18, 2011 11:22:49 AM

  11. Wait, so people should pay 91% of their income to the government? Why? So we punish the people who make more? Think about that...91 cents on every dollar made goes to government. That is absolutely insane.

    And no, NPR is not the cause of any budget problem. There is no ONE thing that is the cause of budget problem. However, you add them all up and there we have the problem. NPR said they don't need governent money. So take it away. If you give me $20 a day, and then I tell you I don't need it, why would you keep giving it to me??

    Posted by: BC | Mar 18, 2011 12:17:34 PM

  12. Defending Car Talk? I love this man so much! Wiener for president. Oh my God I'm so immature but that will make for some great bumper stickers.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 18, 2011 12:47:50 PM

  13. "NPR said they don't need governent money."

    @BC: They said no such thing. One guy on the financial side of things, who'd already quit NPR, said that. People are making that up, just like they're making up that NPR is left-biased based on no evidence in their programming. (The right considers anything other than FOX news left-biased.)

    Defunding NPR has nothing to do with money. NPR is not a budget problem. It's less than a drop of water in the overall budget and an idiot distraction from true budget problems like wasteful defense spending. This has purely to do with politics and the right-wing obsession with demolishing anything that doesn't square with their narrow-minded vision of the world, including our civil rights.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 18, 2011 1:00:58 PM

  14. jeo

    discretionary spending is only 12% of the Us budget

    88% is all Military to the tune of around 1.22 trillion a year

    yeah lets start cutting the pentagon's budget if ur serious

    sad but repubs are never serious

    (lets also never mention the 2 multi trillion $ wars Bush got us into with full repub support and cheney saying "deficits don't matter" that every single repub repeated at the time)

    Posted by: | Mar 18, 2011 3:24:24 PM

  15. The republicons aren't just defunding NPR. They are taking away funding that would allow local public radio stations to purchase air time to broadcast NPR programming. See, the republicons think that NPR is a hot-bed of Liberal politics and propaganda. It's part of their nationwide plan in the next two years to defund or cripple any group or organization that might contribute or support Democrats and/or Liberal politics. @ssholes all.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 18, 2011 3:43:24 PM

  16. haha ! Rep. Anthony Weiner, my favorite politician ♥

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 18, 2011 4:01:33 PM

  17. @strozfckslv

    I never said we shouldn't cut the military. Yes, we should. In fact, we would need about 33% cuts across the board of EVERYTHING just to balance the budget. Bring troops home, end all the foreign occupation, and cut "defense" dramatically.... along with everything else.

    Posted by: jeo | Mar 18, 2011 5:40:39 PM

  18. @JEO: But start with NPR first, right? That's definitely where we should start if we are serious about cutting the deficit? Right??

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 18, 2011 7:46:23 PM

  19. I heart Weiner...And the Rep from NY as well!

    Posted by: Secret Identity | Mar 18, 2011 9:14:07 PM

  20. @JEO If you're so concerned, write your members of Congress to rescind the Bush tax cuts, which are responsible for 4/5 of the budget deficit. That's right. If we hadn't invaded Iraq and wrecklessly cut taxes, we would've had a surplus rather than record-breaking debt and deficits during every one of the eight Bush years.

    Good for Congressman Weiner. NPR and the New York Times are America's only thoughtful, balanced sources for real news and perspective. Thankfully NPR will easily survive defunding, if it occurs. I'm sure they'll work to minimize the effect on their programming. Hope everyone is glad they're saving the 50 cents per taxpayer per year on NPR. Now you can sleep easy.

    Posted by: Mort | Mar 18, 2011 11:55:02 PM

  21. Why is there any reason at all that the government (meaning we the people) should fund a radio station?

    Posted by: bruce | Mar 19, 2011 3:24:31 AM

  22. @Bruce: "We the people" are not funding radio stations, we're funding the free flow of impartial information so that we can be informed citizens. Some of us are more than happy to have a couple of our tax pennies go towards that. (And, in the scheme of things, we are talking pennies.)

    An argument can be made that public funding shouldn't be used for such purposes, but the right-wing is relying instead on irrelevant, politically-driven sting operations and false cries about budgeting concerns. The truth is the right-wing doesn't like information that doesn't correspond to their narrow world-view so they attempt dishonestly to squash it.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 19, 2011 10:42:49 AM

  23. What many don't know, and I read this on Mother Jones or some other site, is that cutting funding to NPR will mainly hurt conservative rural/small towns/communities. Also if memory serves me correctly this will not only affect to flow of information and the amount of quality content/programming, but also it will cost jobs/ hurt the economy in these conservative rural areas.

    Posted by: Lazlo | Mar 19, 2011 11:40:26 PM

  24. @JEO:

    excuse me for being rude, but you are a jack ass. in 2010, NPR received a paltry 5 million dollars from the federal coffers. for repuGlicans to focus on eliminating funding for a valuable source of information and education is a sad reflection on the state of politics today.

    poll after poll show that people who listen to NPR and PBS are much more informed than those who watch FAUX news.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 20, 2011 3:04:26 PM

  25. @Jeo, etc. When airwaves are "sold" by the government at prices that only millionaires and corporations can afford, setting aside some space on the dial for other viewpoints is good for democracy. Oligarchic control of the media is a major problem in this country. The small niche occupied by NPR is a welcome, if tiny, counter to this.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Mar 31, 2011 10:58:44 AM

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