File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 174


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Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 14:16:09 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] "Defence, Law & Justice" & Govt/and PBS


Joe raises a question I have heard a million times before. Basically it could be rephrased: "what is the purpose of Government?" And hopefully the answer is "to make a great country for its citizens and to benefit the world" not to hog most for the fewest". For those in "The Faith Community" (A current buzz phrase) if they REALLY think about it, creating a country to bless its citizens and the rest of the world has parallel idealism in the Bible, in the Age of Enlightenment, in some philosophy and so on. One of the purposes of Govt is EDUCATION, and if we funded it by impoverished individuals, what would the result be? NOT MUCH! 

Have you looked at MOST TELEVISION these days? One of the great potentials has been squandered. So many channels, both public and pay-for, and so little of value. THAT is why we need PBS, and if PBS is to get better (wouldn'T THAT be nice?) it needs MORE money, not less. The standard TV offerings are proof that PBS fills a great need. And of course shows like SESAME STREET have benefitted and educated.

Joe says Gov is for Justice, Law and Defence, but there is still a lot of improvement needed in the area of Justice FOR ALL. There are still lousy LAWS, and our President wants to screw up the Constitution "to defend marriage" and that is not the purpose of the Constitution---you wanna defend marriage, then OUTLAW DIVORCE and then look about at all the divorced politicians and other pillars of the community. And as for DEFENCE, we have been fighting "for freedom" in Iraq without a plan but with an unlimited budget and are bankrupting our glorious country, so currently I don't see how this is a good example of Govt. PBS is a drop in the bucket financially, ditto for health care.

If EDUCATION is also a Govt purpose, then we need PBS. With the shortage of thinking voters today, we need more education, not less.

We also need more good puppet shows and more audiences to see them.

ALAN COOK

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