Typical of these trolls was Ezra Klein's piece, "Defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting won’t kill PBS. It will hurt Trump voters."
Dude: We Do Not Want PBS.
We're the "slobs" who watch "Duck Dynasty," NASCAR, and "The Andy Griffith Show," remember?
(That's the stereotype. I watch none of those shows.)
Nevertheless, he insisted:
It’s true that just over 23 percent of the CPB’s budget (nearly entirely derived from the federal government) goes toward the development and acquisition of television and radio programming. And, yes, losing that stipend will hurt PBS and NPR on some level — though the difference will probably be covered by private funding, whether thanks to corporations, grant foundations, or the famous “viewers like you.”
But most of the federal government’s dollars to CPB (just over 65 percent) go toward one thing: keeping rural PBS and NPR stations alive. These stations only continue to operate due to funding from the federal government. If Trump’s proposed budget becomes law, PBS and NPR themselves will continue to exist, on TV, on the radio, and on digital platforms. So will local affiliates in major urban areas. But many of those rural stations will be shuttered.
The rural areas served by those stations backed Trump heavily. He received 62 percent of the vote in rural counties. Thus, his budget’s proposed defunding of CPB is yet another way that a policy proposed by Trump seems as if it will have the most adverse effect on those who voted for him.Now why do you think the rural stations need the most welfare money from Washington?
Because rural viewers do not want it. We don't donate as much as the urban people do during these fund-raising drives.
The most popular PBS shows are, in order, "Great Performances," "Masterpiece Theater," "Frontline," "PBS Newshour," and "A Chef's Life," according to PBS.
It's spinach and we do not want it.
Only fascists would force upon people entertainment they do not want.
And surely the elitists in this country oppose that.
But the big glop of elitist snobbery is the argument that repealing and replacing Obamacare "hurts" Trump voters most.
In February, Martha Wallace of NBC reported:
Donald Trump's most ardent supporters are likely to be hit the hardest if he makes good on his promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and embark on trade wars with China and Mexico.
"I think you're going to get a disproportionate impact on people who supported Donald Trump but maybe don't realize that his policies may end up hurting them instead of helping them," said Michael O. Moore, a professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University.
According to Gallup data, the number of Americans without health insurance was just under 11 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, down from roughly 17 percent three years earlier.
Odds are, a large number of those newly insured were Trump voters: An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 6.3 million of the 11.5 million Americans who used the ACA marketplace to buy their insurance last year live in Republican Congressional districts.Left out of her piece was:
- The reason the uninsured number fell is that Obamacare required people to buy health insurance whether they wanted it or not. Even at that, one in nine Americans managed to not get the mandated insurance.
- 54.5% of the country lives in a Republican district, which is how Kaiser derived that 6.3 million figure.
Her opinion is Trump supporters hurt themselves by electing him.
She is wrong.
But her opinion is as common in the media today as the idea that Trump had no way in hell of winning was six months ago.
Trump voters knew what they were doing.
They want to Make America Great Again. Mike Tobin of Fox News visited Hazard, Kentucky -- long a liberal poster child for "Evil Coal" -- and found the town is starting to recover from Obama's eight-year War on Coal.
From Mike Tobin:
“I love mining coal,” Carlos Sturdill said 250 feet underground in the E4-1 mine in Hazard. That mine shut down in the Obama years. There are many factors that allowed the mine to re-open and people like Sturdill to get back to work.
For starters, the entire economy has seen a bump. That has created a demand for steel. The high-quality coal that comes out of Appalachia is well suited for making steel.
“I’m glad to be working. I’m thankful I’ve got a job again,” Sturdill said.Coal miners like to mine coal. They are highly skilled and trained workers who are well-compensated. They do not want to be re-trained as computer programs.
And Trump voters do not want Obamacare because it raised deductibles, raised premiums, and reduced health care. You could not keep your doctor (I am on my third).
Obamacare also raised distrust of both the government and the media because Obama and the media lied, lied, lied, and lied some more in order to pass it.
The Marxist members of the media may believe they know best for Trump voters, but this is a free country -- or at least we are trying to free it again -- where Trump voters decide what is best for Trump voters.
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