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Mitt Romney, the bane of Sesame Street

 
 
DrewDad
 
Reply Thu 4 Oct, 2012 09:49 am
Cut PBS funding? Really?

Maybe Mr. Romney needs some remedial math, if one of his "big ideas" is to balance the budget by cutting it by 0.012%.
 
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 4 Oct, 2012 03:50 pm
@DrewDad,
Obama on downsizing Big Bird:
Quote:
In his Denver speech, he jabbed back at Mitt Romney's statement from last night's debate that the former governor would take away funding for PBS's Sesame Street Show, despite his fondness for Big Bird.

"Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird," he said to laughs. "It's about time."
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 4 Oct, 2012 03:57 pm
@DrewDad,
http://m.static.newsvine.com/servista/imagesizer?file=cagle8B2B7A2B-A391-5F33-B213-E6C2F5356BCF.jpg&width=600
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 4 Oct, 2012 04:00 pm
@DrewDad,
http://americablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/romney-bigbird.jpg
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 4 Oct, 2012 04:05 pm
@DrewDad,
By cutting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting appropriation, Mr. Romney will save a whopping $445 million dollars... or just South of $1.50 per person.
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 4 Oct, 2012 05:00 pm
@DrewDad,
roughly half the cost of 1 F35
parados
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 08:30 am
@farmerman,
So Big Bird is about half the cost of a big bird for the military.


Screw the children, the "adults" want a plane.
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firefly
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 08:37 am
http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/b/m/4/romney-pbs-got-real.jpg
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firefly
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 08:40 am
https://www.crowdedcomics.com/sites/default/files/styles/moac_cartoon/public/2012100401_bigbird_romney_debate_pbs2.jpg
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firefly
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 08:42 am
http://lmaotwitpics.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/If-Romney-Gets-Elected.jpg
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revelette
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 09:19 am
It's not just big bird which would be eliminated if Romney gets his way, but also free educational programs and GED.

Quote:
In a statement issued today, PBS said “We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves.”

Other excerpts from the PBS statement:

–”The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.”

–”As a stated supporter of education, Governor Romney should be a champion of public broadcasting, yet he is willing to wipe out services that reach the vast majority of Americans, including underserved audiences, such as children who cannot attend preschool and citizens living in rural areas.”

–”For more than 40 years 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.”

–”Each day, the American public receives an enduring and daily return on investment that is heard, seen, read and experienced in public media broadcasts, apps, podcasts and online – all for the cost of about $1.35 per person per year.”


source


Voters Oppose Eliminating Government Funding For Public Broadcasting

http://valuepbs.org/assets/images/communities-piechart.png

PBS Stretches Across American Communities



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revelette
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:00 am
http://i.huffpost.com/gen/801917/thumbs/o-ROMNEY-BIG-BIRD-570.jpg?6

source
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:07 am
@DrewDad,
I agree that PBS funding isn't going to help - but why is the government supporting this? I think in times when there is a recession you do need to consider cutting where ever you can - is it necessary to fund PBS? I'd rather use that money to feed people.

Doesn't sesame street make any money off things like tickle me elmo that would/could support the show?
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:09 am
@Linkat,
Well, we're not in a recession, so I can't agree with this.

Also, instead of cutting funding for a public service for kids, maybe we could make one less jet fighter that we don't need? Yeah. Priorities.

Cycloptichorn
revelette
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:11 am
@Linkat,
If you agree cutting PBS federal funding is not going to do anything for the federal budget. (I assume that whats you meant?" Then why do it when the PBS has privided so much good free service for those who need it the most? We should be able find real money elsewhere where it will actually do some good.
parados
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:21 am
@revelette,
The Muppets Strike Back


http://millionmuppetmarch.com/
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:22 am
@Linkat,
The amount spent on PBS is tiny in context -- 0.012% of the budget.

Romney's full quote was:

Quote:
"I'm sorry, Jim, I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually I like you, too. [Moderator Jim Lehrer whose show is on PBS.] But I'm not going to -- I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for [it]."


That's stupid in a number of ways, but one of them is "I'm not going to keep on spending money on things..." If he becomes president, he's not going to stop spending money altogether! Defense, roads, social security, spending is going to happen. It's a matter of prioritization.

So I could believe he just said that badly and just meant that some difficult cuts should be made -- I understand that. But he has to make a case for prioritizing cutting the PBS subsidy over, for example, cutting out a single warplane from the defense budget.

Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote:
Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive
DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:26 am
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:

I agree that PBS funding isn't going to help - but why is the government supporting this?

Presumably for the same reasons that "the government" supports schools, roads, bridges, rural electrification, 911 access, police, and firefighters. It is good for our society. Educated kids are good for our society. Socialized kids are good for our society. Knowledgeable adults are good for our society.

CPB/PBS has tons of free educational shows. It has tons of free news. Free music concerts. It is tremendously culturally enriching, especially for folks who can't afford cable, or the Internet.

Linkat wrote:
I think in times when there is a recession you do need to consider cutting where ever you can - is it necessary to fund PBS? I'd rather use that money to feed people.

One flaw in this reasoning is that Romney isn't talking about using that money to feed people. He's just talking about cutting the budget (which also doesn't help in a recession).

Linkat wrote:
Doesn't sesame street make any money off things like tickle me elmo that would/could support the show?

Sesame Street has become a talking point, but it's hardly the only program that gets CPB grants. Somehow I don't think they're going to come out with "tickle me algebra" or "tickle me David Attenborough" dolls.
parados
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:45 am
@Linkat,
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/fact-check-mitt-romneys-pbs-cuts-wont-fire-big-bird/

Big Bird won't be hurt but goodbye Antiques Roadshow.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 5 Oct, 2012 10:54 am
@parados,
Quote:
“Stations in rural parts of the country, where their parts of the federal funding is 40, 50, 60 percent, those stations will go off the air,” PBS chief executive Paula Kerger told CNN this morning. “The reach of our work is so extensive and so deeply rooted in education … the fact that we are in this debate at all is just incomprehensible.”
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