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Mitt Romney Will Eliminate National Endowment For The Arts

220px-Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_6In an interview for the forthcoming issue of Fortune Magazine, Mitt Romney explained (finally!) some specific things he'd do as president of the United States. Some of his plans were excellent, though outside the actual bounds of presidential power. (Presidents cannot, say, single-handedly will an American return to industrial dominance.) Presidents really do have extraordinary control over the United States' federal budget, however, so it's worth taking Mitt seriously when he says:

... there are programs I would eliminate. Obamacare being one of them but also various subsidy programs -- the Amtrak subsidy, the PBS subsidy, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some of these things, like those endowment efforts and PBS I very much appreciate and like what they do in many cases, but I just think they have to strand on their own rather than receiving money borrowed from other countries, as our government does on their behalf.

At WashPo, Ezra Klein why this won't actually save very much money, though it'll certainly delight math-impaired deficit hawks.

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  1. What a vile little man is Mittens! I only get one vote, but it will never be for someone so disgusting and ignorant. C'mon November!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Aug 18, 2012 3:56:26 PM

  2. If you want to save the country money, you need to cut down defense to a justifiable level. That must be the first action.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 18, 2012 3:58:31 PM

  3. What an ass!

    Posted by: modern meet | Aug 18, 2012 3:59:13 PM

  4. Batman 4 got a villan ....

    Posted by: MArk | Aug 18, 2012 3:59:29 PM

  5. More Willard lies! Should read: "I'll kill PBS and National Endowment for the Arts so I can cut MY taxes from 13% down to 0.89%."

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Aug 18, 2012 4:09:15 PM

  6. Guess that he's not getting Big Bird's vote. It's not like PBS has any useful or educational children's programming that has been proven to help children learn in their early years.

    Posted by: NOMComments | Aug 18, 2012 4:15:33 PM

  7. Every Republican candidate comes up with this old chestnut. The fact is most of the boards of Symphonies, Opera companies and museums are fat cat Republicans. It is just a bone for the Teabaggers to gnaw on and basically nothing will change

    Posted by: OldGuy | Aug 18, 2012 4:28:06 PM

  8. What subsidies WONT he cut though ?

    This list is a list to appeal to the Tea Party freaks, who need to be motivated by the ideologies of vengeance, fear, hate, and anger.

    You can bet the midwest bible thumping soil destroying corn and soy monoculture subsidies would remain intact.

    Posted by: BeckieSays | Aug 18, 2012 4:33:03 PM

  9. boo hoo

    Posted by: ? | Aug 18, 2012 4:40:10 PM

  10. Now that is an evil man like his VP.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 18, 2012 5:16:09 PM

  11. He's delusional. Were he to try to cripple Amtrak and PBS, the response would be vicious. He and Ryan's economic "plans" make no sense. Ryan wants to cut non-defense federal spending by 91% over the next 40 years. No sane economist of any inclination would support such an absurd notion.

    Jesse Helms tried for years to eliminate the NEA (because of Mapplethorpe), with no success. Lynne Cheney was head of the NEH with the stated goal of gutting it. She failed too. Public programs are popular because the public likes them. This is akin to privatizing the postal service and social security. It's just talk.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 18, 2012 5:25:29 PM

  12. Or eliminate all the money we give to foreign countries. They should stand on their own

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 18, 2012 5:31:11 PM

  13. Mitt, hope you think that businesses should stand on their own too. No more bailouts for your banking friends. Or your farmer friends. Or your manufacturing friends.

    Posted by: Guy | Aug 18, 2012 5:42:00 PM

  14. Eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities? And he has the nerve to call us "small-minded" because we insist on seeing his tax returns? If the American electorate are stupid enough to elect this cretin and his greedy cohorts to the highest offices in the land, we will deserve what we get.

    Posted by: RWG | Aug 18, 2012 5:45:12 PM

  15. While we're at it, let's cut out the grants for upgrading and new airports, boost the road tax in fuel to a level that actually covers the cost of building and maintaining our highways, privatize the air traffic control, boost landing fees to a level that actually covers the cost of airport operations, eliminate TSA, privatize or eliminate the Postal Service...
    I could keep going, but the list would be too massive. Or... we could simply cut the military budget in half and we wouldn't have to do any of the things that MR has suggested, and we'd still be 'safe'.

    Posted by: cbhermey | Aug 18, 2012 5:56:57 PM

  16. "Penny wise and pound foolish" comes to mind. He doesn't seem to have such detailed plans when it comes to tax loopholes.

    Enough people voted to put Obama in, let's hope they can keep him in and give him a Congress that isn't stalled by minority rule.

    Posted by: it isn't just me, is it? | Aug 18, 2012 6:02:13 PM

  17. what about cutting oil subsidy payments or to corporate farms? cutting amtrak subsidies will us the only industrialized country without major passenger rail service and would increase dependency on oil. of course that would aid the cock brothers.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 18, 2012 6:21:11 PM

  18. He can't be serious. What is wrong with the half of America leaning towards voting for this doofus?

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 18, 2012 6:26:06 PM

  19. I always love hearing the crap the republicans like to pull concerning the debt. The facts are too easy to check.

    On the linked Romney page there is an interesting graphic. It says that the first 43 Presidents created a National Debt of 6.3 Trillion, and that Obama has created a 6.5 Trillion debt in his first 3 years. There are some problems with that claim.

    The first two years of Obama's administration approximately 4.5 Trillion was added to the debt. The source of that debt however is where the problem lies. Bush Left an unfunded war, undocumented expenses and unaccounted for expenditures from both the wars he started.

    Bush left TARP undone

    Bush left a tanked economy, manufacturing segment in the toiled and the banks about to collapse.

    and he left 10 Trillion in unpaid debt, money borrowed from China to pay for his wars and tax cuts.

    During the Bush years the national debt grew 89%, during his presidency the National Debt per captia was 75.20

    Obama, so far has a national Debt per captia of 37.6 %.

    The icon of Republicans, Tea Partiers and Dominionists --Ronald Reagan, drove the National Debt up 188.60%

    His National Debt per capita grew to 168.2 %

    That is the era of political "expedience" that Romney, Ryan and the rest want us to return to.

    if you would like to see the a table of National Debt by president you can go to


    Posted by: mikenola | Aug 18, 2012 6:34:36 PM

  20. Are we borrowing money from other countries to pay for DEFENSE too? Or, is it only programs republicans don't like that are funded with borrowed money?

    Posted by: ncman | Aug 18, 2012 6:50:11 PM

  21. Since recent surveys show that more Republicans than Democrats watch PBS, I can only assume Mitt will be making a huge donation?

    Silly me...never mind...that would require following up what you say with action.

    Posted by: Tony | Aug 18, 2012 6:54:42 PM

  22. @MikeNoLa: I abhor Romney and Ryan, but it's not debt per capita, which would have to be expressed in dollars. It's as a percentage of GDP. Sorry if I sound like a jerk.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 18, 2012 7:03:27 PM

  23. Paul Ryan's proposed budget includes elimination of corporate welfare and crop subsidies. Therefore the accusations of crony capitalism made by many of the commenters here are invalid.

    Posted by: Jesus Christ | Aug 18, 2012 7:21:25 PM

  24. I am a liberal democrat and intend to vote for Obama/Biden. However, I agree with Romney that the government should stop funding the Arts, Humanities and Public TV. They should stand on there own or fail if not enough private citizens are willing to fund them.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 18, 2012 7:47:35 PM

  25. Can we continue to live on borrowed money? No!
    I don't know about you my dear gay brothers and sisters, but what I read just now makes sense.

    Posted by: Gast | Aug 18, 2012 7:50:34 PM

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