You can set your election-year calendar by this House Republican budget kabuki (via the Boston Globe):
Republican bill aims ax at NPR, public TV
WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday to get rid of AmeriCorps, the national service program championed by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and cut off federal funding for National Public Radio, public television, and Planned Parenthood.
The moves would come in a controversial spending bill that pays for labor, health, and education programs for the budget year beginning Oct. 1.
The measure is dead on arrival with Democrats but contains many provisions to please Tea Party conservatives.
For a more extensive history of this shadowplay, see here.
That’s not to say that PBS and NPR shouldn’t be worried about their financial future. It’s just to say voters should be dismissive of the Republicans’ Grand Old Pantomime.