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Forget Obama. Big Bird was the real loser in Denver after Romney threatened to slash PBS subsidies.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 3:27 pm
Thanks for sharing.

. (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 3:35 pm
It's sad that out of all of Romney's statements, this is the one that the Democrats hold on to.
PBS is a wealthy enterprise, funded in the millions by private donors. They have never had an economic issue due to the little federal funding gives them.

Jim P (3257)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:57 pm
The money PBS gets from the federal government is a drop in the bucket compared to what is spent
funding bushy's folly in Iraq and all other "faux" wars in the middle east.

Remember folks, The military takes up over 60% of our national budget.

And Social Security is an independent savings program and is not part of the national frederal budget.

Yes, Big Bird is good for our country!

Ty, Carrie.

David C (131)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:21 pm
If Mr. Romeny really wants to cut the budget, how about cutting military.....

Carrie B (306)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:29 pm
Dave, if Romney advocated cutting military spending, he wouldn't be able to follow in GW's footsteps and start a few more wars. That's what a Romney presidency would give us.

Elle B (84)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 6:18 pm
Ty Carrie. . .PBS has been on the GOP CUT and BLEED wish list for decades. . .

Here is just a sample of programs and assets Romney and Republicans want to CUT [see any patterns...we won't have any land, institutions or public assets that We the People OWN...nothing when they are not be fooled this IS THE [decades old] PLAN. . .they will sell off everything and have been for years...their is NO budget crisis they created it. . .OUR money, and assets OUR HERITAGE are being STOLEN in plain site. . .without our lands including schools, universities, parks, forests, et al. . .we are not a democracy. . .Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt knew this that is why they secured them for future generations. These criminals have been systematically raiding our assets for years. . .Romney gets in. . .THAT'S ALL FOLKS. . .
show over.

Amtrak Subsidies
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy

Ready to Learn TV Program
Save America's Treasures Program
Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid
Legal Services Corporation [the already stripped down Public Defender Progr]
Hope VI Program
Energy Star Program
Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization
Beach Replenishment
Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program
New Starts Transit
Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants
Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Title X Family Planning
No funding for federal office space acquisition
Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of
Presidential Campaign Fund
Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act**

**The Davis–Bacon Act of 1931 is a United States federal law which established the requirement for paying prevailing wages on public works projects. All federal government construction contracts, and most contracts for federally assisted construction over $2,000, must include provisions for paying workers on-site no less than the locally prevailing wages and benefits paid on similar projects.

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 9:27 pm
I thought this was a stupid comment on Romney's part. Of all the big budget things that should be cut back PBS hardly qualifies. Anyone who actually watches PBS can see that a lot of their funding is by private donation. As Jim P. noted above, federal contributions are small in comparison with spending in other areas. Was this one of the 'zingers' Romney was supposedly prepped for? The Big Bird memes were good tho'.

Veronique L (209)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:19 am
Thank you!

P A (117)
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:55 am
Wonderful - I love Big Bird getting into politics!

Nancy M (197)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:57 am
Odd thing to me. We hear "them" say that taxing the rich (or those with incomes over $250,000) won't rbing in enough money to matter anyway. So it is disregarded. (Not that I am necessarily supporting it at this time). If that kind of tax won't matter, then why would canceling PBS funding make any difference?

It is just one more mean-spirited idea from the right.

pam w (139)
Friday October 5, 2012, 12:00 pm
What Nancy just said!

Onita Northington (44)
Friday October 5, 2012, 12:02 pm
Romney is such a jerk, he'd probably cut off fund to his own mother if he thought it would advance his cause. Why don't they figure out a way to down-size Congress and the Senate, the way many other people have been down-sized out of jobs and make them do more with less.

Nancy L (141)
Friday October 5, 2012, 1:55 pm
President Obama sneered at Romney for daring to mention PBS subsidies in the context of deficit reduction. But Obama’s own Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission singled out Corporation for Public Broadcasting spending. “The current CPB funding level is the highest it has ever been,” the panel noted after Obama proposed hiking yearly appropriations to $450 million in 2012. Doing away with the appropriation would save nearly $500 million in 2015 alone. Over 10 years, those savings would total $5 billion (or roughly 10 Solyndras). In these tough times, that’s more than chump change and child’s play.


Past Member (0)
Friday October 5, 2012, 1:57 pm
I hate to say it, but it might have a point. Sneering, after all, is an exclusive property of the GOP and their minion.

Nancy L (141)
Friday October 5, 2012, 1:57 pm
The kiddie character kerfuffle is a manufactured flap that may play well to liberals in Hollywood and Washington. But beyond the borders of La-La Land, desperate Democrats who cling childishly to archaic federal subsidies look like cartoonish buffoons. Let’s face it: The Save Big Bird brigade is comically out of touch with 21st-century realities.

In 1967, when Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act, family options for quality children’s programming were severely limited. More than four decades later, there’s a vibrant marketplace for educational broadcasting — on radio, TV and the Internet — that teems with furry friends and information-packed shows.

PBS speaks of itself with cultish self-reverence: “For more than 40 years,” the government network chastised Romney, “Big Bird has embodied the public broadcasting mission — harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse.”

In reality, of course, PBS affiliates have become increasingly corporatized. As GOP Sen. Jim DeMint noted last year, franchises like Sesame Street “are multimillion-dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, ‘Sesame Street’ made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.”

Past Member (0)
Friday October 5, 2012, 1:59 pm
It might have a point. PBS has been corporatized over the last twenty years. We need to re-nationalize PBS and fund it with government money.

Nancy L (141)
Friday October 5, 2012, 1:59 pm
Sesame Street has also become increasingly politicized. Under the Obama administration, Elmo has lobbied for the FCC’s national broadband plan and the first lady’s Big Nanny nutrition bill. Investigative journalist James O’Keefe caught former NPR exec Ron Schiller on tape trashing the Tea Party as “racist” and “Islamophobic.” And the official PBS Twitter account sent a special shout-out to radical leftist group Move On last year for leading the government media rescue charge. Moreover, as I’ve previously reported, NPR and PBS have no problem raising money from corporations and left-wing philanthropists, including billionaire George Soros, whose Open Society Institute gave $1.8 million to pay for at least 100 journalists at NPR member radio stations in all 50 states over the next three years.


Nancy L (141)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:01 pm
Romney’s right: It’s time for government media to grow up and get off the dole. It’s time for taxpayers to flip the Bird.

Carrie B (306)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:03 pm
Nan, how about we just flip Romney and all of his greedy, money grubbing, war mongering friends? We would be just fine then.

Ingrid A (524)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:07 pm

paul m (93)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:54 pm

Is Romney Big Bird ?

Susanne R (235)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:11 pm
Nan stated: "As GOP Sen. Jim DeMint noted last year, franchises like Sesame Street “are multimillion-dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, ‘Sesame Street’ made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.”

Good Lord, don't tell Mitt! If he finds out, Big Bird will become the victim of Vultures --as in "vulture capitalism"!

Carrie B (306)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:21 pm
Susanne, Romney will just try to find a way to get a cut out of Sesame Street sales and profits.

Carol H (229)
Monday October 8, 2012, 4:10 am
noted, thank you Carrie
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