As a Bird myself, I feel I’m at liberty to talk about Big Bird, who became the center of attention last night during the Presidential Debate in Denver. He was trending on Twitter all night and even this morning because of the fact that Mitt Romney said that PBS doesn’t pass the China test and would be defunded. This is the test by which Romney would measure whether a program is worth saving or not, by asking the question, “Is it worth borrowing money from China for?” Twitter got all in a tizzy when Romney said his answer was no, despite the fact that he likes Big Bird as much as the rest of us.
The result is the above word cloud shared by local Denver news station KUSA Channel 9 on its’ Facebook page. It shows what words were most commonly tweeted about during the debate. The debate about our economy which is currently in the tank. Our Federal debt is currently $16 Trillion.
And this (Big Bird) is what America is worried about? Really? A puppet?
First of all, cutting funding DOES NOT EQUAL cancelling. Why people think Big Bird will actually be out of a job is beyond me. Only 12% of PBS’ budget comes from Federal Funding. And Sesame Street as a franchise, makes MILLIONS on products, toys, endorsements, movies…
There is no need to worry that Big Bird’s nest will not continue to be feathered.
If PBS fans are really that concerned about the 12% not being taken from taxpayers who may or may not even be watching PBS, so they can keep PBS relatively commercial-free (they do have advertisers even now), by all means, pony up another buck or two every year yourself. It’s that simple.
In this day and age when almost everyone has 100’s of channels to choose from, versus just four (three major networks + PBS) when the channel was started in the 1970’s, the model for public broadcasting is outdated. Why should taxpayers (some who don’t even watch the network) be asked to continue to fund it when it can survive on its’ own?
What would be so wrong with PBS having advertisers if it had to? We also live in the age of the DVR. I’m pretty sure our kids can survive having to fast-forward through the commercials like they already know how to do. But, can they survive the mountain of debt they will inherit from our senseless spending?
So what if Americans are only being asked for $.64 each to continue to fund PBS. Isn’t that money better spent elsewhere instead of adding to what we already owe China?
I am truly embarrassed by the reaction of the American people last night on the important topic of tightening our belts. Haven’t we all had the same conversation in our homes about what to cut first when we’re going through tough times? I bet in your house, just like mine, the first thing we look to cut is our television bill. Why should the Federal Government be any different?
It’s time we all start thinking about our children. And I don’t mean whether or not Elmo and Cookie Monster start having to do product placements. I mean the HUGE debt they will be saddled with if we don’t get our spending under control. And it all starts with that four-letter-word, CUTS.
I don’t want to have to explain to my kid when she’s all grown why she can’t get ahead because half of every dollar she earns goes to pay down the debt we passed on to her. But, she should be thankful, because at least we saved Sesame Street! And we did it all for her.
Read also what my friend, Rajean Blomquist had to say about Big Bird’s appearance in the debate last night. And DenverParent.net asks, “How should you vote after watching the first Presidential debate?”