Friday, July 20, 2012

Help save NPR, PBS and Planned Parenthood

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"Don't de-fund NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood and AmeriCorps! Reject the GOP's extreme labor, health and education spending bill."
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Dear Jim,
A bill to de-fund NPR. And PBS. And Planned Parenthood? And as if that's not enough, why not throw in AmeriCorps and Obama's healthcare law? Let's also slash funding for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while we're at it.
The nightmare labor, health and education bill introduced by Republicans in the House this week sounds like something out of the Tea Party's wildest dreams.1 But since Tea Party Republicans control the House, their wildest dreams could be about to come true.
Tea Party Republicans have tried to destroy these popular programs again and again. And we've stopped them every time. But never have they put so much vitriol all in one bill.
In the best case scenario, this bill is just another arrogant, time-wasting exercise by Tea Party extremists who are too obsessed with their radical partisan agenda to make any good faith effort to constructively address the many problems facing our country.
But in the worst case, Republicans will unify around this bill as their starting point in budget negotiations to exact painful compromises from Democrats, something we've seen too often in the past.
We need to make it clear. De-funding NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood and AmeriCorps isn't a starting point — it's a dead end.
As corporate media consolidation threatens our informed democracy, only the Tea Party would think it's a good idea to de-fund public interest media.
As the reign of private insurance companies continues to leave millions of Americans without the care they need, Tea Party logic says to de-fund Planned Parenthood, one of the most venerable and trusted providers of health care services to women.
As banks have ravaged our economy and evaporated retirees' life savings into thin air, only the Tea Party would want to slash Medicare and Social Security, leaving seniors and retirees out in the cold.
And as the obstructionist Republican Tea Party feeds from the trough of corporate money and turns their back on everyday Americans in pursuit of the most radical agenda in history, only Democrats in Congress would think there was any compromising with them.
We need to push back hard to protect funding for NPR, PBS and Planned Parenthood, and keep these vital institutions off the chopping block.
Thanks for fighting back.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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