Posts tagged: Big Bird
Let’s consider Big Bird a canary in the coal mine of government waste. If Big Bird is still alive—or at least still living off the government’s largess—after the politicians have done their level best to slim down the government, it will be obvious that the grownups in Washington, D.C., haven’t gotten serious about deficit spending. All this to say Mitt Romney was partly correct about Big Bird when he brought up the Sesame Street character in the presidential debate recently. He actually didn’t go far enough, perhaps because of the constraints of the debate. Or because the position I’d like him to take might be unpopular with people who believe they have a constitutional right to taxpayer-supported Muppets. (Hint: They don’t). Tax dollars should not go to support public television, or, by extension, Big Bird. Romney was, of course, correct that the government should be willing to cut PBS no matter how much we like Big Bird and all his cohorts/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
Question: Hoffman goes on to say that he'd want to cut funding to PBS, even if the treasury was swimming in the black. Do you agree?
A day after the Twitterverse exploded in reaction to Mitt Romney's vow to fire Big Bird by cutting federal funding to PBS, Sesame Street declined to enter the political fray, turning down requests from TV talk shows for an appearance by the giant yellow avian. But others voiced support on social media and elsewhere, reigniting a debate about taxpayer funding of public broadcasting. One Twitter user quickly created a @FiredBigBird account and sent a manipulated photo of our feathered friend on a Depression-era bread line (caption: “This is now my life”), quickly amassing more than 10,000 followers before the account was suspended/USA Today. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Which “Sesame Street” character would you fire?