An excellent reminder from Ken Burns that series like his would be counted among the cuts proposed by Mitt Romney. And as the writer of this small piece reminds us, “Leave it up to the private sector only and it morphs into Keeping up with the Kardashians in minutes.” Americans, if you’re on the fence about these electoral candidates, please keep facts like this in mind when casting your vote!
Then he asked me how it was funded. I said I received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (something else Romney has vowed to eliminate) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which distributes this funding. Those funds had, in turn, brought in corporate and foundation monies.
Reagan put both hands on my shoulder and said, “That’s it! We need public-private partnerships. The government primes the pump, and then the private sector has the motivation to get involved…”