Sesame Street Post-Debate Meme

There definitely needs to be a Sesame Street meme that addresses Romney and his plan to cut funding for PBS (about 1/100th of 1% of the federal budget) to address budget issues. Here’s my contribution to get this started. If you make your own, please share a link in the comments section!

Educators, note that Romney would also eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Owossoharpist Sherry Konkus

    No wonder I’ll be voting for Obama to have a second term in the White House.

  • Gary

    For Romney’s Leviticus followers again. If elected, Big Bird becomes a burnt offering Lev 1:14-17. Not a peace offering, since we will be bombing Iran around Feb 2013. Save money, so we can build and drop more bombs!

  • Kaz

    Since the U.S. is spending 40% more than it takes in, cuts in spending are needed. What would you propose cutting? Just the military budget, or would you cut anything else?

  • Kaz

    Doesn’t the power of this particular piece of propaganda hang on the notion that Romney thinks cutting funding for PBS will solve the nations budgetary problems? What has Romney said that leads you to believe that this accurately represents his view?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I never suggested that Romney claimed that cutting PBS would alone solve budget issues.

      • Kaz

        But isn’t that implicit in the propaganda?

        “…his solution is to cancel Sesame Street?”

        Is THAT really Romney’s solution? Nothing he’s said would naturally lead one to believe so. Is it one small part of Romney’s solution? Yes, that much we can say without resorting to distortion.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

          Well, Romney clearly gives it enough importance that, when pressed on the specifics of his plans, that was one he chose to mention. So presumably it is among his “best” strategies, right? Or at least, one of the few he has been honest and consistent about…

          • Kaz

            I didn’t get that read at all. What I “heard” was a man who was completely in tuned with his surroundings (unlike Obama, who clearly just didn’t want to be there), and who probably chose to bring up PBS for primarily two reasons: (i) Jim Lehrer was the moderator; and (ii) there are a lot of people, including me, who wonder what in the world the government is doing subsidizing things like PBS and NPR when the nation, if left to continue on its current course, is almost certainly headed for bankruptcy!

            But I’ll ask you again, James. What government spending WOULD you be in favor of cutting, besides military spending? Anything?

            • Gary

              “subsidizing things like PBS and NPR when the nation, if left to continue on its current course, is almost certainly headed for bankruptcy!”…BTW, I like the military. However, it is a dis-service to the military to send them to war, when the war is unjustified. Result is death, and an order of magnitude larger in numbers, disabled vets with no arms or legs. Chicken hawks (dodged the draft with student deferment during Vietnam) like Romney should try to moderate, and eliminate war. Not posture, bluster, and threaten attacking Iran, when he isn’t even president yet. His best position is to keep his mouth shut about foreign affairs, especially in regards to using the military. It should be interesting in the debate about foreign affairs. He seems to follow whatever the current, hawkish government in Israel supports, which is not a majority opinion, but a coalition opinion of their government, and could well change when Netanyhu is dumped. My point, Kermit doesn’t create debt. The military is necessary, and does not create debt. Unjustified wars create debt. The last justified war the U.S. fought was WW2. So be very careful when you vote, and select someone who likes to blow his mouth off about military action, and get tough policies, when he doesn’t know how to negotiate, but specializing in getting his own way, whether in closing plants, firing people, or is lacking in basic compassion.

            • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

              I’m open to discussing any and all possibilities. Another good candidate would be subsidies to the clearly profitable gas companies, including the subsidies that make our gasoline prices so much lower than those in all other countries.

  • The Count

    I love to count our national debt….14 Trillion, AH, AH. 15 Trillion, AH, AH 16 Trillion, AH AH

  • Fred Hernandez

    Why is this so complicated for some of you? Romney was asked they type of things he would cut to save money. He mentioned PBS because the biased “moderator” of this debate works for PBS. I think it was clever and funny. Never did Romney claim that cutting funding for this biased, waste of space, network would solve our financial problems by itself. PBS funding was a perfect, and timely, example of the type of nonsensical wasteful government spending that needs to go. Let PBS do what most of us do: compete for their earnings.

  • LibertarianRo

    Big Bird himself speaks:
    Posted on October 9, 2012 11:58:30 AM CDT by GeronL(Associated Press)- NEW YORK CITY, NY – A controversial but highly misconstrued statement by Mitt Romney during the first Presidential debate has generated a lot of comments on the internet and in the media. The comment that candidate Romney does not want to borrow money from China to pay for Sesame Street “purposely taken out of context” says a spokesperson for the company behind the Sesame Street television program.“The fact is we do not get any, or almost any, direct government subsidy. PBS does pay us a broadcast fee to be able to air our show though” a source inside the company tells Associated Posers. “Without PBS we could easily move over to one of the commercial cable channels and be just as successful.”Makers of the show have not only disputed Mitt Romney’s implication that they are on corporate welfare, but have demanded that the Obama campaign stop using them as examples of good public expenditures. A statement released from the Sesame Workshop demanded that the Obama campaign pull video ads from their website.In an Associated Posers exclusive statement, Big Bird, whose real name is Allen Saunders, explains why he supports Mitt Romney for President. “People think, because I am in the entertainment industry, that I would support the left- but the left is too dishonest. They pretend to be the party of the middle class but their policies would bury the middle class. Their ideal world has a few super wealthy elite running the country and everyone else mired in “noble poverty of the masses”. Look, I am richer than Mitt Romney, I have been in this business for 43 years. I have learned a lot about the real world in that time.”On education: “We have spent 43 years trying to undo the damage of government schools by teaching the basics of the English language and math. Can you imagine if children in kindergarten and first grade on up didn’t have that? There’d be a lot more kids graduating who couldn’t read their diploma”On culture, ethics: “Again, we have been trying to instill values of family and ethics and that there is a right and a wrong in children. We are fighting an uphill battle in today’s culture but it is a fight that has to be fought if we want to save kids from a lifetime of misery”On economy: “You cannot build a thriving economy on the idea of redistributing wealth while you cut off the generation of new wealth. The economy is not a static thing, it is fluid, dynamic. If people are better off not working than working then many will choose not working, if money is safer invested in China than invested here, then it will be invested in China. On every score the left of today fails to understand basic economics. You can’t spend your way out of debt or tax yourself into prosperity. It sounds and is common sense and leftists just do not have that”.Allen Saunders says he doesn’t like some of the things that Sesame Street has done over the years but that overall it is a good, wholesome, conservative program. “It shines so brightly because it is pretty unique among the liberal media. A program that explains, or attempts to, language, numbers, reality and common sense to small children before the media and government schools can get their destructive paws on them”.On current politics: “The left is just using this statement, taken way out of context, as a political weapon, even though if you understood anything, it would make no sense. They know a lot of people don’t pay a whole lot of attention to politics and will fall for it. The fact is they know that Sesame Street and I are wealthy enough not to need government handouts, and we get none or almost none, and this scare tactic is all based on lies”.“Even my friend Oscar wouldn’t take their crap and he loves trash”


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