Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Mitt Romney Says He Wants to Kill Amtrak, PBS, NEA, and Food Stamps


Stick a fork in Mitt Romney. Maybe he had some good ideas about something. But his interview in Fortune says it all. He wants to cut Amtrak, PBS, the NEA, and food stamps. Under a Romney administration, no one will see “Downton Abbey,” enjoy a local arts program, or take the train anywhere. Also, poor people won’t be able to eat. I guess they’ll be so weakened from hunger that they won’t miss these other things. Joe Biden may say crazy things, but they’re not serious. This is very serious. Read it right here:


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

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 strand on their own rather than receiving money borrowed from other countries, as our government does on their behalf.

Second there are major federal programs which I believe should be returned to the states where they can be run more efficiently with less fraud and abuse. So for example Medicaid, which is the health care program for the poor. Housing vouchers, food stamps. I think these programs can be taken over by the states, grown at inflation or in the case of Medicaid, inflation plus 1%, and in doing so we will save approximately $100 billion a year within four years.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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