From Black Voices — Who could have predicted that when Juan Williams (above) revealed his prejudicial fear of Muslims he would become the “Joe the Plumber” of the First Amendment? Not I, but in the Republican Party, all things are possible.
Only the Good Ole Boys of the GOP, after abandoning Chairman Michael Steele’s urban-suburban hip-hop strategy, would attempt to solidify and expand their African-American support by embracing the one black man in the country who is bold enough to give voice to his Islamophobia. It says to independent voters. “Look! It’s not just white, radical, Tea Party activists who are racist! Black people are too!”
Or does it?
YouCut.com is a website that allows Conservatives to vote on which items should be cut from the congressional budget. The winning item is offered to the full House for an up-or-down vote, enabling constituents to see where their representative stands on various priorities. The platform is simple and allows a level of transparency previously absent from the Republican agenda.
“This week’s winning YouCut proposal is sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and would terminate all taxpayer funding of National Public Radio (NPR),saving taxpayers potentially tens of millions of — perhaps even over a hundred million — dollars,” read a release from Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) office. “Implementing this initiative would signal that the days of bailing out irresponsible decision-makers at taxpayers’ expense are over.
The primary purpose of this measure was to protest the firing for Williams for the controversial statements he made on The O’Reilly Factor, with Cantor making clear “it is not the government’s job to tell a news organization how to do its job. But what’s equally certain is it should not be the taxpayers’ responsibility to fund news organizations with a partisan point of view.”