don't blame the current deficit on public broadcasting.I haven't
and I don't know anyone who does. That's not the point of the defunding proposals.
The government needs to focus on those budget items that have grown disproportionate to the GDP. So hold the line on public broadcasting, and force those departments that are spending beyond their means to trim down to size.
That approach isn't working because every cause, like public media, has its constituency that throws every roadblock possible into the process. This is understandable, but it's also counterproductive. A more effective way to evaluate appropriate spending is to pare back, establish sustainable spending levels and then move forward from there. This treats all non-essential spending equally as a class. It gives each service the opportunity to make its case for taxpayer support in the context of the current budget.
Those who feel entitled to taxpayer support of certain services will have to examine that notion in the context of cost vs benefit. This won't be a pretty process, nor will it make anyone completely happy, but that isn't the point of the endeavor. Jobs will be lost and political careers will be ended whether or not the budget is brought to sustainability. But if the budget isn't moved toward sustainability, those jobs and careers aren't going to return for a long time, if ever. The support and the funds just won't be there.
Again, a public media tax would appear to be easily expendable, for the reasons we've discussed in several threads here, which is why it is one of the first in the spotlight.