Monday, August 4, 2008

Bosse Targets Latte Welfare

“50 Days, 50 Ways” Heads Down Sesame Street

(Hillsboro) Republican Grant Bosse today called for the elimination of taxpayer funding for upscale entertainment. Taxpayers spend over $420 million a year to underwrite the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which includes both PBS and National Public Radio. Bosse says consumers have more news and entertainment choices than ever, and shouldn’t be forced to pay for someone else’s TV and radio.

“I grew up on Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, but it’s ridiculous to think that PBS can’t turn a profit,” Bosse said. “Ken Burns’ documentaries, Masterpiece Theatre, and Car Talk will do just fine if they compete with the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the countless news, arts, and entertainment options available today.”

Bosse will also call for the end of taxpayer subsides for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program, which provides federal funding to cultural institutions exclusively in the District of Columbia. Eliminating these four programs would save taxpayers nearly $700 million annually.

“Balancing the federal budget means setting real priorities,” Bosse added. “We can continue to subsidize latte welfare, or we can leave more money in taxpayers’ pockets.”

To date, Bosse has proposed nearly $8.9 billion in taxpayer savings by eliminating unnecessary federal programs. To learn more about Bosse’s superior grassroots campaign, go to

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