Regarding funding for PBS and NPR and other public broadcasting:
As Politico reported, “Most Americans think public broadcasting receives a much larger share of the federal budget than it actually does,” according to a poll conducted for CNN last year. The results of that survey, which asked respondents to estimate what share of the federal budget was spent on certain programs, found that just 27 percent of Americans knew that the money for PBS and NPR was less than 1 percent of government spending. Remarkably, 40 percent guessed that the share was between 1 and 5 percent and 30 percent said it was in excess of 5 percent — including 7 percent who said that more than half of the federal budget was spent on television and radio broadcasts.
From this article.
This just goes to show how little most Americans know about where their tax dollars go. 7% of the people in the poll actually thought half the US budget goes to things like PBS and NPR.
NASA, the organization that puts rovers on OTHER FREAKING PLANETS barely gets half a percent.
If you want to know where most of our money goes, it goes to things like social security, Medicaid, Medicare, interest on our growing debt, and to creating things to blow the other nations of the world to smithereens, not to Big Bird and This American Life. Public broadcasting actually gets about 0.014% of the budget.