Federal funding for National Public Radio was cut last week. Our federal government is sustaining itself on temporary budgets because we spend more than we make. On the whole, I've been unimpressed with federal programs. They don't seem to impact me (besides the free medical care while a dependent of the military, free university tuition, and housing allowance. Thank you America!). It seems to me the federal government is in the business of impacting BIG things, and I am a small thing. A small thing I partake of is NPR. I know it has a liberal bias, but so do I, so I listen.
When I heard that the funding had been cut, I assumed that it was because our government is financially stretched beyond our means. I am still assuming while writing this post. I have only ever made a budget for my small family, and can only relate the scenario to my personal finances (which I can judge the government, because they are in order).
If we were living extravagantly on our credit cards because we were spending more than we earn, it would be moronic to cut toilet paper out of the monthly expenditures. Would we expect that to impact our finance enough to help? Would we expect that our kids wouldn't get angry, after using toilet paper their whole lives? My eight cars are too expensive, my house is too expensive, my insurance is too expensive, my trip to Antarctica was too expensive, my Whole Foods groceries are too expensive.......
People don't really NEED toilet paper, but isn't it super nice? It is a modern luxury, just like NPR. We might even think, 'how did we ever live without this white, soft paper product?'
I'm hoping that there is a silver lining. It is my observation that when funding gets cut, and it is something people care about, people get creative. Loads of money oftentimes make us turn down our creativity. I'm hoping, that institutions are like people, or actually made of people.
*all the facts in this post I learned from NPR, National Public Radio, are assumptions, exclusively my opinion, or I made them up.