Why is PBS lobbying so hard for taxpayer funds? I know they raise money effectively. I gave during a fundraiser to get @alfieboe tickets.
[The answer to this is actually really simple. PBS while they could fund themselves through private means still wants "free" money from the government. It makes things that much more cushy.
Government throwing funds at the economy to "stimulate" it, actually has the opposite effect and I will explain what I watched first hand.
Back when they did they started talking about the massive bailout almost immediately utilities put a halt to current projects. Utilities plan projects years in advance and have the funds to do them. They froze the projects because they could smell money on the table and ultimately they could use it to improve their bottom line. When the stimulus was finally passed they then needed to file for the grants. The way this worked most simply was a dollar for dollar matching scheme to help with equipment retrofits.
So all of that moved at a snails pace through the cogs of government bureaucratic paper. Meanwhile here in reality, planned projects have now been on hold for over 6 months, all because they could smell money on the table. When funding finally did start rolling in, almost a year after it started to slow down, projects rates looked just like it did prior to the funding push. What happened was a projects that it merely subsiding what was already planned. This didn't have the effect of creating jobs since it's still the same crews doing the work. The most entertaining thing though is overall the decrease in output will never be really made up. Everything the utilities are doing was already planned, this didn't magically create extra work. All it did in the end was delay the inevitable.
How's that for the government "stimulating" the economy? Still think only the government is capable of solving problems?
This is why PBS is going off the deep end. They see free money and they want some of it. -B]