Why are the Republicans going after NPR? It is because NPR has ran stories that reveal the illegitimate practices some Republicans use to obtain their power. These same Republicans believe it is right to use the powers of their office to punish those that offend them. With each new class of Republican congressman the bar is set lower for civil behavior. The new Republicans don’t even appear to have the capacity to think about what may be best for society. They have already been given their instructions. The new Republicans are just helpless pawns in a much larger power game. Do you doubt this? Have you noticed that every single one of them always votes on the most right-wing proposals? They do this without even discussion of amending the bills in consideration of objections and potential problems they will cause. They have to vote for the measures or they will face recall elections from the zealous Tea Party people. These new Republicans thought they were being elected to help govern, but have no learned they have no input in the process other than to vote for extreme right-wing policies.
Oh, by the way, I don’t have a problem with cutting costs. But Republicans that claim they want to shut down NPR to cut costs are lying and we all know this. If they were interested in reducing the deficit they would cut billions from military waste; eliminate subsidies to big business so that companies like GE, which made 15 billion dollars in profit in 2010 would have to pay at least some taxes (they actually got a $3 billion rebate on their $15 billion profit); or allow the millionaire tax break to expire which would have produced a trillion dollars in deficit reduction over the next 10 years.