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Big Bird tweets back

Romney’s call to slash PBS funding draws fire

Big Bird, of the children's television show Sesame Street.
Big Bird, of the children's television show Sesame Street.
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Big Bird went to sleep early and missed landing in the center of a media frenzy touched off by Wednesday’s presidential debate. Republican Gov. Mitt Romney said he loves the giant fictional character from “Sesame Street,” but that he would still slash funding to PBS if it means borrowing money from China to fund the station. Within minutes, tens of thousands of messages appeared on Twitter and online referring to the candidate’s comment — all ...


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wmarincic
October 8, 2012
7:03 a.m.

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Big Bird IS the 1% as he makes enough money to support PBS on his own. If it is public broadcasting then it should be supported by the public, not the government.

SchenectadyScott
October 8, 2012
9:21 a.m.

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Big Bird should be happy he has a job.....Public Broadcasting has become very bloated over the years...In today's day of social services, section 8, EBT......the days of poor being without television and educational television are over....In Schenectady when you see Rent A Center-Flat Screens, satellite , and Time Warner vans at the Section 8 housing...PBS becomes obsolete....In the days before pay and cable tv.40 years ago..PBS was a needed function in society..Since the days of the late 60's early 70's television has evolved just as the safety nets and the social services to the indigent and the poor....What has not evolved is PBS.....One would have to be a fool to not see the funding comes from corporations as does so called private television....PBS is today a luxury the taxpayer can not afford.....

dan
October 8, 2012
4:31 p.m.

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PBS support is 0.012% of the federal budget. So about 12 cents for every $1,000 of federal taxes you pay goes to PBS. Taking 12 pennies out of 100,000 will not make a difference. And for such a beloved educational program? When there is SO much wasteful spending with all those other pennies. If you have to take 12 cents out, there are so many better places to cut.

wmarincic
October 8, 2012
9:54 p.m.

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As does every public program say the same thing Dan, if we are borrowing 5 cents of that 12 cents and compound the interest that 12 cents becomes dollars after very few years.

dan
October 8, 2012
11:18 p.m.

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How many dollars are you talking and at what interest rate? I just did some quick math and figure at a 4.5% interest rate, borrowing 5 cents would take about 70 years to reach one dollar. I didn't bother calculating multiple dollars. My point is there are programs less beneficial to America getting thousands of these metaphorical pennies. There's a big difference between a program that gets 20,000 pennies having to deal with only getting 19,988 pennies, than PBS going from 12 pennies to 0 pennies.

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