One of My Sisters sent me (what she thought was) a “brilliant” post from a friend’s Facebook page:


Dishonest and Slanted, but, cute?


I responded that I thought the piece was a cute parody but hardly brilliant.  I have to note that she lives in Australia where “brilliant” means “cool” or “swell” or “groovy”.  I also suggested it would have been far better except for its one-sided commitment to deceive.  Examples:

Paula Kerger is President of PBS.  Last year her reported salary was over $600,000.  Kevin Klose is President Emeritus of NPR and in his last year (2009) he received over $1.2 million in pay.  The average individual PBS employee is paid $60k+ per year while the average American household (most with two workers) income is just over $50k annually.  So shouldn’t they (Klose, Kerger, and PBS employees) be demonized by the political left like most others who earn more than the average citizen in the current political class warfare?

PBS and NPR are both supported by hundreds of millions of U.S. Tax dollars plus donations (though today they are more like advertising dollars since public service announcements are routinely made favoring the big donors). In 2014, the budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will be $451 Million. CBS, for example, paid income taxes of about 35% of their Net Income Before Taxes last year or almost $500,000,000 (enough to fund the entire CPB budget).  Both PBS and NPR are non-profits and as such do not contribute any taxes to the U.S. Government.  So lots of US corporations got huge bailouts but NPR and PBS are funded totally, every year, by “mini-bailouts” from both government and private funds.

Public Employees and Enron Executives both contributed to worsening our national economy.  Both were greedy and played the game.  Public employees in many places used the power of their unions and the essential nature of their jobs to gain pay and benefits above their market value.  Many people invested in Enron because of its “too good to be true” profits.  The execs were greedy and cooked the books, but the investors, too, were greedy and it cost them.  Who’s to blame?  My guess is that most of us bear some responsibility for our weak economy, lack of faith in big corporations and institutions and government agencies spending beyond their means.

What I would like to see is a post going viral that says something like:

“Remember when Planned Parenthood, NPR, and PBS lived within their budgets, promoted values like self reliance and thrift, accepted no tax dollars and earned their way by providing public services that made them worthy of private support?  Remember when teachers and other public employees accepted lower than average salaries because they had better benefits, superior retirement plans and more secure jobs?  Remember when we all looked up to Politicians, Public Servants, and major Corporations and Institutions?  Those were good times, where it was harder to get welfare than it was to get a building permit. It was common for those, down on their luck, to turn to family or their church for help, not “the government.”  We can have those times again, but, unlike much of welfare or many unemployment checks, it will not be easy to come by.  We need to work to make it happen.  That work starts with each individual committing to living within his or her budget and living a life that positively affects others.  It will get better when fewer people look to government to solve their own (often self-made) problems.”

Your thoughts?