It's Official: Big Bird Was the Star of the First Presidential Debate
His actual words made sense, as he told debate moderator Jim Lehrer, who is executive editor for PBS NewsHour:
“I’m sorry Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not gonna keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”Logically, Sesame Street is the most likely to survive without a subsidy. It has a backlog of thousands of episodes stretching over nearly a half-century. The marketing of the show is Disney-level.
Plus the corporation is tax-exempt, giving it a great advantage over competitors such as Nickelodeon.
President Trump is going after PBS, and the various other cultural sacred cows in what may be a serious attempt to finally cleanse the federal budget of junk left best to local governments. Se my previous post on the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.
The central government has become a credit card for local governments to purchase things it would never dare ask voters to support. But it is "federal money" and that makes it OK to build bike trails and "Piss Christ" photographs.
Time to end these LBJ boondoggles.
From The Wrap:
President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for complete elimination.
Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, per the Washington Post.
The budget would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums. Additional cuts would affect two tourist mainstays in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.If it is "a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide," then raising the money should be no problem.
Liberals blew $1.2 billion last year on Hillary. Let them raise the money for these enterprises.
This may just be a negotiating tool for him. Who knows?
But I don't think Big Bird can save this boondoggle now.
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