Friday, March 26, 2010

My Recent Road Trip

I was driving much of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.  Coming on the heels of the historic health care vote that lurched the United States further into socialism, I was interested at the analysis that would be expressed on Talk Radio.  Monday I started my day with Laura Ingraham, switched three hours later to Rush Limbaugh, then to Sean Hannity, and ultimately to Mark Levin.  You might say “Hey, that is only Conservative Talk Radio!” and you would be right.  Of course I’m not the only one that doesn’t like to listen to Liberal lies and whining, so there isn’t a commercially available Liberal alternative since Air America crashed and burned.  There is National Public Radio, our tax funded Liberal alternative – but they have too much really goofy crap on the air.  One minute you have lefty news and the next you have the folk music of some obscure tribal group who play gourds.  No wonder they can’t make it without our tax dollars, but I digress. 

As you drive across country attempting to listen to Talk Radio you by necessity have to hit the “select” button a great deal as to lose stations.  Advancing through the stations I was amazed by how many of them are devoted to sports and the number that habla espanol.  Hearing that Kansas didn’t make it to the sweet sixteen (Darn) or that Tiger Woods was going to play again (Oh Goody!) I couldn’t help but wonder if any one listening to that knew that Nancy Pelosi just blew up the country.  You know Ben Roethlisberger may or may not have sexually assaulted a young coed in Milledgeville, Georgia.  Whether Big Ben did or didn’t, Barack Obama surely just pushed us all into socialized medicine last weekend. 

The stuck-in-the-sixties nitwit next door told me that they had endured eight years of George Bush and that the country and I would be just fine after Barack Obama.  Really?  George Bush didn’t fundamentally change the Nation.  George Bush received it, removed the Clinton tarnish and handed it off clean to Barack Obama.  However, in fourteen short months, Obama has violated bankruptcy laws undermining the very financial system.  Obama nationalized two car companies and is working on the banking industry.  His takeover of the health care industry also included the socialist nugget of snatching the $70 Billion student loan industry from banks and financial institutions. 

My head is spinning – but then I’m sure that is the intent of the Obama administration.  We need to redouble our efforts to get rid of every Democrat that embraces Obama and his administration.  There might be a Sam Nunn democrat out there somewhere, but I don’t think so.  We also need to excise any Republican who just wants to get along with Democrats.  The battle lines are drawn and November elections are the solution. 

Conservative Resistance – Day 507
Days until we start taking back our country - 221


  1. Obviously this isn't really the intent of your post, I thought I would correct your understanding of NPR's funding model.

    While it is true that in the 70's and early 80's the majority of their funding came from the federal government, currently only 2% of their operating costs are covered by federal assistance, and even that is based on competitive grant awards rather than direct entitlements.

    In other words, they survive - and thrive in many markets - without any significant government assistance, in spite of (some would say because of) their "goofy crap."

  2. That is a bit deceptive. A quick check of Wikipedia resulted in this:

    "According to the 2005 financial statement, NPR makes just over half of its money from the fees and dues it charges member stations to receive programming. Some of that money originates at the CPB itself, in the form of federal pass-through grants to member stations.[12][13]. Some more of that money originates from local and state governments and government-funded universities subsidizing member stations' fees and dues to NPR.[14] About 2% of NPR's funding comes from bidding on government grants and programs, chiefly the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; the remainder comes from member station dues, foundation grants, and corporate underwriting. Typically, NPR member stations raise funds through on-air pledge drives, corporate underwriting, and grants from state governments, universities, and the CPB itself."

    "CPB" is the "Corporation for Public Broadcasting" one of the many quasi government train wrecks (like Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac) that funnel our money ($400 Million in 2009) to other quasi government train wrecks like NPR. NPR could not exist without government funding from a variety of sources - the government doesn't have any money that it doesn't take from us.