a message from MoveOn.org

George W. Bush is trying—yet again—to slash funding for NPR and PBS. This week, Bush proposed a new budget with devastating cuts to public broadcasting.1 “Sesame Street” and other ad-free kids’ shows are under the knife. So is the independent journalism our country needs.

Enough is enough. We’ve fought this fight before and won—but we can’t afford the risk anymore. With the new Congress, we can make sure this never happens again. We need Congress to insulate NPR and PBS from the political winds.

We can make it happen if enough of us sign this petition: “Congress must save NPR and PBS once and for all. Congress should guarantee permanent funding and independence from partisan meddling.” Clicking here will add your name to the petition:


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After you sign, please forward this message to your friends, family, and co-workers to keep this campaign going. We’ll deliver the petition to members of Congress as they consider Bush’s budget—offering a public counterpoint to this dangerous attack.

Congress can protect NPR and PBS from future cuts. The long-term solution to save public radio and TV is to:

fully restore this year’s funding
guarantee a permanent funding stream free from political pressure
reform how the money is spent and keep partisan appointees from pushing a political bias

Bush’s budget would cut federal funds for public broadcasting by nearly 25%.1 According to PBS, the cuts “could mean the end of our ability to support some of the most treasured educational children’s series” like “Sesame Street,” “Reading Rainbow,” and "Arthur."2

As telecommunications chair Rep. Ed Markey said, "In a 24-7 television world with content often inappropriate for young children, the public broadcasting system represents an oasis of quality, child-oriented educational programming. We owe America’s children and their parents this free, over-the-air resource."1

The cuts could also decimate one of the last remaining sources of watchdog reporting on TV—continuing the partisan war on journalism led by the ex-chair of public broadcasting, Ken Tomlinson.3 More people trust public broadcasting than any corporate news media.4 President Bush would rather undermine our free press than face reporters who are asking tough questions.

Let’s put an end to the constant threats to NPR and PBS. Let’s ask Congress to guarantee funding and stop partisan meddling. Clicking here will add your name to the petition:

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Thank you for all you do.

–Noah, Marika, Eli, Adam G. and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team
Thursday, February 8th, 2007

P.S. Our friends at Free Press have more on how to save NPR and PBS once and for all:

freepress.net/publicbroadcasting/=policy

Sources:

  1. “Bush Proposes Steep Cut to PBS Funding,” TV Week, February 5, 2007
    tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=11508

  2. PBS’ Ready to Learn program (funds “Sesame Street” and other children’s shows)
    pbs.org/readytolearn/

  3. “Tomlinson Slinks Away,” MediaCitizen, November 3, 2005
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  4. “2005 ‘Open to the Public’ Objectivity and Balance Report,” Corporation for Public Broadcasting, January 31, 2006
    cpb.org/aboutcpb/goals/objectivity/

Too many voters are still stuck with paperless electronic voting machines—machines that are vulnerable to tampering and malfunction.

A new bill in Congress would ban paperless voting. It’s got enough support to pass, but time is short. This week, the Democratic leadership is deciding what Congress will take up next. If they don’t put voting reform on the agenda, there simply won’t be time to make the change by the 2008 presidential election.

Sign this petition to ask the Democratic leaders in Congress to ban paperless voting before it’s too late: “Congress must ban paperless voting in time for the 2008 election. As voters, we support Rep. Rush Holt’s paper ballots bill.”

Clicking here will add your name to the petition:

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After you sign, please share this message with your friends, family, and co-workers to spread the word.

This November, a Democrat in Florida lost a close House race when 18,000 votes went missing from paperless voting machines.1 Never again.

This bill is the strongest paper ballot legislation ever introduced in Congress. It’s supported by Common Cause, People For the American Way, the Brennan Center for Justice, VerifiedVoting.org, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, VoteTrust USA, and local election integrity groups across the country.2 Newspapers like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Roll Call have all editorialized in support of the bill.3

Long-time voting reform advocate Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) is the sponsor of the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007, and it’s co-sponsored by close to 200 other representatives from both parties.4

The Holt bill requires a voter-verified paper ballot for every vote in the country as well as these key reforms:

Make the paper ballot the ballot of record in the event of any recount or audit
Guarantee the vote count is accurate by auditing electronic tallies with a hand count of paper ballots in a random sampling of precincts
Eliminate flimsy thermal paper tape rolls and replace them with durable paper ballots
Require every voting place to offer voters emergency paper ballots immediately if voting machines break down

Make elections more transparent by requiring public disclosure of voting system software
Prohibit wireless communication devices in voting systems
Require documentation of a secure chain of custody for voting systems and software

Prohibit conflicts of interest involving vendors and testing labs
Enhance the accessibility of elections for voters with disabilities2

Our nation can’t afford another election with unreliable paperless voting. And now’s our chance to secure our vote.
Sign this petition to ask the Democratic leaders in Congress to ban paperless voting before it’s too late. The full text of the petition is: “Congress must ban paperless voting in time for the 2008 election. As voters, we support Rep. Rush Holt’s paper ballots bill.” Clicking here will add your name to the petition:

pol.moveon.org/paperlessvoting/o … NGk3lg&t=4
Thank you for all you do.

–Noah, Karin, Ilyse, Tanya and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

P.S. For several years, MoveOn members have been lobbying Congress and the states for legislation like Rep. Holt’s. Along with our friends in the election integrity movement, we’ve helped require paper voting in 27 states. Last year, we helped an earlier version of Rep. Holt’s bill gain support from a majority of Congress—only a few Republican leaders prevented the bill from passing.
When the media ignored Florida’s voting machine meltdown this November, MoveOn members raised money to run a full-page New York Times ad. The ad pictured a road sign reading “Welcome to Florida: Where only some votes count.” Now, Florida’s governor is replacing the state’s paperless machines with paper ballots. Let’s get Congress to do the same nationwide.

Sources:

  1. “Senator wants District 13 answers,” Sarasota Herald-Tribune, February 8, 2007
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  2. “Holt Reintroduces Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act,” VoteTrust USA, February 6, 2007
    moveon.org/r?r=2370&id=&id=9 … NGk3lg&t=6

  3. “An Important Election Safeguard,” New York Times, June 10, 2005
    verifiedvotingfoundation.org … hp?id=5879

“A Vote We Can Believe In,” Washington Post, October 10, 2006
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“A Warning in Florida,” Roll Call, December 6, 2006
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  1. “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007,” Library of Congress, February 5, 2007
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News Flash! News Flash! We live in a Capitalist Society, not Socialist. :sunglasses:

Supposedly this is a democratic republic. Capitalism doesn’t rule.

And many are owned by a Venezuelan company controlled by Chavez.

However, how many corpses have previously voted? Many in borderline districts, think JFK.

Paperless is not the way to prevent fraud. Electronic may work with a fingerprint scan matching DMV records.

With regards,

aspacia :sunglasses:

Chuckle, so the taxpayers must pay for Public Radio. Do not misunderstand, I often watch PBS News, and specials. The point is, that what you advocate is taxpayers supporting a news source without consent, via the tax dollar. Perhaps, many do not enjoy this source?

With regards,

aspacia :sunglasses:

No, America is a polyarchy. And I encourage people not to use the word “capitalism”, nothing remotely close even exists (which does prove your point). However, corporations are powerful, and play more of a role in the political arena than any of us do.

Capitalism is not the point here. Felix is of course right on that one, but it doesn’t follow that this petition is a good idea.

Felix, I have a problem with locking in public broadcasting as an entitlement immune to Congressional oversight. Actually, I have a problem doing that with any government activity except maybe the courts. I understand and approve your motivations here, but this is not the right action to take.

“The point is, that what you advocate is taxpayers supporting a news source without consent, via the tax dollar. Perhaps, many do not enjoy this source?”

The thing is that aspacia is probably getting taxpayer’s dollars without my consent for things he does which I don’t agree with. He probably is driving on taxpayer supported roads that I don’t get to use because I don’t drive. He also is probably getting tax credits that a majority of the population don’ t get.

I think people like aspacia get their fair share of unconsented taxpayer dollars for programs they like and are tailored just for them. So they should not be too resentful of others who are getting their share. Anyway, it generally all balances itself out in the end.

The U.S.A. is capitalistic, but it is regulated. Please explain you comment.

With regards,

aspacia :sunglasses:

Nope, many dislike this news source, some, like me, enjoy it. The point is that it is a media source, and should government support a media source.

BTW, you benefit from the the taxes as well: mandatory heath care if ill, mandatory education for all until 18, mandatory economic welfare for those living below the poverty line, not to mention the roads.

It appears that your missed the point.

If those other things are worthy, then why wouldn’t a government media outlet be worthy?

What country do you live in? There’s no mandatory health care for the ill or mandatory welfare for those living below the poverty line in the U.S.A.

Why wouldn’t a North Korean government media outlet be worthy??

:sunglasses:

The U.S.A. Yes, people living below the poverty level are allowed tax paid heath care. Didn’t you know this? :sunglasses:

Do you honestly believe that people are eligible to receive health care in this country solely because they are below the poverty level?

Given how horribly the N. Koreans run their system . . . why should I expect it to be anything other than everything else they do?

Overall, nice dodge, but you grossly missed the point. What have been suggesting in this thread is that what is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander.

She’s right, Felix. The program is called Medicaid.

Navigator,

It is a gross misconception to think that any government program provides health care for all people below the “poverty line.” Medicaid does not cover any adults who are not parents, pregnant, elderly or disabled no matter how poor they are.

Not only to I know this as a fact, this care is provided to illegals as well. Many living below the poverty level are eligible for welfare, food stamps and medicare. Additionally, this is true regarding many college and university students.

For many years I worked in the Southern California K-12 system. The billions spent on education, also provided for free immunization shots for the poor, and often illegal students. How do I know they were illegal, they openly claimed so. Sure, their parents worked, but the business provided zero health benefits.

By law, hospitals must treat emergency room patients, and the AMA claims that the numerous hospitals (70) that have closed in Los Angeles is due to illegal immigrants being unable to pay for their medical care.