McConnell has it about half right

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell jumped on the bandwagon and joined the chorus calling for the federal defunding of NPR in the wake of the summary firing of news analyst Juan Williams for making a controversial statement about Muslims.

“I’ve voted to cut their funding in the past, and will again,” McConnell said in a statement. “With trillion-dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see, I think the federal government ought to be re-examining all of its expenditures to make sure we are focused on creating an environment where the economy can return to health and can begin creating sustainable private-sector jobs.”

The Williams flap created a nice bur-ha-ha and the perfect opportunity for elected officials and wannabes to toss some political hay. But while throwing around high-minded platitudes about free speech, liberal bias and budget deficits, most politicians, McConnell included,  completely miss the real principled reason why NPR should not receive federal funding.

Quite simply, the Constitution grants no authority for Congress to fund radio stations.


Another Tenth Amendment Task Force Critique

Connor Boyack, of the  Utah Tenth Amendment Center, recently submitted his article, Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing? This article supplements his based on a recent experience and opportunity to meet with Congressman, John Culberson, of Houston.

The event was the Institute of Hispanic Culture’s annual gala, a formal, black tie event hosted in one of Houston’s premier hotel ballrooms.  It was a very nice event, with a number of influential people making appearances, such as Congressman, Pete Olson, Texas Supreme Court Justice, Eva Guzman, and some others.

Before the program began, the customary meet and greet at the bar outside of the ballroom was conducted for about an hour or so.  I had the pleasure to speak with the aforementioned leaders, all of whom are very decent and hard-working people.

John Culberson is a very well-liked Congressman in our area.  He fits the conservative persona seemingly well.   There is not much to dislike, and in fact, he always gets my vote.  Nevertheless, I thought I would share what I find to be the typical flawed approach to the Tenth Amendment Task Force, since Representative Culberson is one of the Force’s members.