We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My husband and I were talking about Trump's plan to pull funding from the NEA, NEH (didn't even know this existed!) and PBS. Why can't these lefties turn to their favorite social justice billionaires, like Zuckerberg, who has PLENTY of money and plenty of rich friends with money, who could sure pony up some of their wealth to support 'the arts' and 'the humanities.'
Surely a billionaire can convince other billionaires that 'Piss Christ' or the recent 'Vagina Mary' is worth a few million in order to 'promote the arts.'
Hey, liberals, put your money where your mouth is. Support the arts, if you think they are so important to support.
Meanwhile, I'd rather not tack on more and more debt to support things that are well outside the duties of the federal government. Thank you.
PBS has regular funding drives. The Spokane PBS station reaches into Canada via cable, as far north as Edmonton, Alberta. Canadians have always been supporters of PBS, probably because they found programming there which wasn't available elsewhere (British comedy, certain musical groups such as Celtic Thunder and Celtic Women, etc.). One year, while watching the fundraiser, I heard the people from Spokane pointing out that Canadians - with no tax break - were contributing way more than Americans and it was embarrassing. The embarrassment obviously eased in subsequent years, as the disparity is no longer mentioned.
re Shaken by Trump’s Criticism of NATO, Europe Mulls Building Own Military Force
Haven't they been "Mulling" improving their militaries for decades?
But when it comes time to write the check they would rather spend the money elsewhere.
I don't expect that to change.
Anyway, there are so many historical, ethnic, and cultural barriers involved in creating an EU military force that it is likely impossible to do so, even if they were very determined, which they are not.
You are aware that Russia and China are already militarized and that doesn't bother you, why? Oh! That's right. You are mired in the 30's and fear the rise of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. Did you speak up when Obama agreed to a nuclear Iran???
Z: A militarized Europe. What could possibly go wrong?
Actually, they weren't very effectively militarized or they would have been able to defeat Nazi Germany much quicker. But you seem to be making a much broader point that militarization in and of itself is the problem. In that case, it would have been so much better if the rest of Europe had just given up without a fight. Then all those buildings would still be standing.
The GOP has figured out that the Congressional Review Act allows them to deep-six any regulation going back to 1996 if the agency in question didn't bother to send a report to Congress, as they often didn't. If Congress votes by a majority to cancel the regulation, the agency is prohibited from proposing anything similar unless Congress enacts new legislation specifically permitting that approach.