I just wrote my congressman about the vote today to defund PBS in the House. You should too — http://robbishop.house.gov. While I was at it, I branched out just a bit:
A friend asked me to convey my sincere wishes that you not vote to cut funding for PBS. I know you probably disagree with me, and he, on this, but consider yourself asked anyway.
I do have to take issue with the general nonsense going on in the House of Representatives as the representatives try to, so we are told, cut the budget. I note that they don’t seem to be cutting anything from the defense department, up to and including $7 million to sponsor a car at NASCAR.
Really, Rob, I don’t know how you voted on that one, but how can anyone justify a race car sponsorship in these trying times? Those things get terrible mileage, and what do we get out of it besides pollution? A sticker.
Speaking of pollution, tell them to quit defunding the EPA too — that nonsense about carbon dioxide not being a pollutant? Get real, Rob. The planet is in danger and they’re playing semantics.
Tell you what, I’ll spot you $7 million for the car if you’ll vote for Planned Parenthood — reproductive health of poor women is a really critical issue, more critical than PBS, and considering that Planned Parenthood prevents hospitals from having to pay huge amounts for medical care because of problems it prevents or finds early, I think that’s a wise expense.
I would have a lot more respect for the process — and Congress — in general if Speaker Boehner’s statements that “everything is on the table” included the military, or grazing subsidies, or crop supports. Can you honestly tell me every one of our 700-plus military installations overseas are necessary? Some of those – OK, most of them — are single buildings or small offices, but those things add up.
As for the bigger bases, Germany spends more on Defense than Russia these days. Let Europe defend itself.
I have to tell you, too, that your little poll at the bottom of your web page is a bit misleading — asking if the federal government owns too much, or not enough, or just enough (three bears!) of federal land is beside the point.
The residents of Utah gave up all claim to those lands not owned by the residents of the state when the state constitution was adopted. I refer you to Article III, section 2: “The people inhabiting this State do affirm and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries hereof.”
Is there a move to amend that? I had not heard.
Anyway, Rob, thanks — I honestly think, in general, you do a good job, but if you want me to take the rest of your pals in the House seriously they need to quit playing games and do some serious, honest, budget work, which means cutting stuff they like, not just stuff the Democrats like.