Romney Promises to Eliminate Subsidies for PBS, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities

Aug 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Deadline.com picked this up from a new interview presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave to Fortune magazine‘s Andy Serwer and David Whitford. The interview was conducted Monday, Aug, 6, 2012, and published yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.

FORTUNE: You’ve promised to cap government spending at 20% of GDP. Specifically where will you cut?

MITT ROMNEY: There are three major areas I have focused on for reduction in spending. These are in many cases reductions which become larger and larger over time. So first there are programs I would eliminate. Obamacare being one of them but also various subsidy programs — the Amtrak subsidy, the PBS subsidy, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some of these things, like those endowment efforts and PBS, I very much appreciate and like what they do in many cases, but I just think they have to stand on their own rather than receiving money borrowed from other countries, as our government does on their behalf.


  1. No surprise. The Government is $17 trillion in debt, most of it since Bush left office, so cuts need to be made.

  2. Here you go again Doug with your lack of knowledge or amnesia. Remember the only tax cut during a war in US history and the fact that the war was “off the books”. Unfunded prescription mandate for Medicaid. For God’s sake man, even Paul Ryan admitted the Republicans spent most of the money before 2008.
    Drop 1 unused B2 bomber from the fleet would pay for ALL of those items.

  3. Romney thought the National Endowment for the Arts was a fund to support Art Carney, Art Linkletter and Art Rooney. Since they have all passed away he figured the endowment was no longer needed.

  4. The government should not be providing for television to promote education, or for the Arts which promote growth of the mind and spirit. That is why we have Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.

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