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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Big Bird won't save you now, PBS

When Mitt Romney called for ending subsidies for Public Broadcasting, the left jumped on him for wanting to kill Big Bird. The Hollywood Reporter headline was typical:
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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  1. It's time for Big Bird to grow up and stand on his own two feet.

    1. Big Bird moved out of PBS to HBO, a $10 a month set of movie channels on pay cable (and other tv-media services now). Big Bird will not die if PBS does so he's no longer a big yellow downy hostage.

  2. Margaret Thatcher said it best: "The trouble with socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money." CPB, NEA, and NEH are programs we can do without. If New York wants "Piss Christ," let them raise the money for it.

    1. Precisely!
      The economic growth of this nation became exceedingly anemic as the forces of gruberment, the fakestream media, and faux academics had demonized, over-regulated and penalized suceessful job creators, telling them they hadn't built that.
      Piss Christ was and is a prime example of anti-Christian attitudes funded by our own government.

  3. Don,
    With much respect, please, NPR & PBS need to be defunded.
    Bike trails have far far far greater value than commie radio & TV.

  4. Federal funding for bike trails should go away too. With the level of debt we have, the federal gubmint should fund only those things called for in the Constitution.

    1. We now bleed the DOT for bike and walking trails. Locally over $2 million for a 1.8 mile walking/bike trail along the C&D Canal. What happened to the $787 billion for the infrastructure programs in 2009; those shovel ready projects, right. So we now need a $1 trillion investment 7 years later?

    2. We now bleed the DOT for bike and walking trails. Locally over $2 million for a 1.8 mile walking/bike trail along the C&D Canal. What happened to the $787 billion for the infrastructure programs in 2009; those shovel ready projects, right. So we now need a $1 trillion investment 7 years later?

  5. I agree. Defund all of these non-essential "functions" of the federal government. And while we're at it, let's defund one of the biggest boondoggles of them all. Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S. It has long outlived any usefulness and has become an albatross around the necks of Western countries. - Elric

  6. Trump wants to cut what we give the UN by 50%. Not a big enough cut, but it's a start. I agree with Elric though. Get us out of the UN and the UN out of New York. Since the Moslems are taking it over move it to Tehran or Mecca.

  7. He/we is/are going to have to battle the GOPe and democrats on this one.

  8. We cant expand the matriarchy without the UN! (/snark)
    (Betcha bike trails would cost way less with Trump than under demonrat boondoggles).
    Bike trails aren't as bad as methodone treatment, but has similar stigma seemingly

  9. All these proposed cuts are a speck of dust compared to Medicare and Social Security.

    Trump needs to get these programs off our backs first! Do that and the budget will be running a surplus in no time. It's a no brainer. Get ride of these two entitlement programs first.

  10. Liberals have been telling us for at least 20 years that Republicans "wanted to kill Big Bird". Now, Big Bird is alive and well on HBO, and I hear one of the cast members pulls down a salary of $800,000.

    PBS should have been defunded years ago and probably would have been, if not for lying liberals (but, I repeat myself!)

  11. Trump is frying Big Bird. So what. Trump's outline does nothing to address the federal deficit as his proposed cuts are offset by increases in military spending.

    Trump still hasn't addressed how is going to shrink the federal budget deficit. Why not rid us taxpayers of Medicare and Social Security?

    1. Democrats have been telling low-information voters for years that Republicans would take away their Medicare and Social Security. It's always been a lie, of course, but it got them a few votes.

  12. Minor Research Note for PBS:

    When was the last time a child between the age of 3--5 1/2 years a) watched a PBS affiliated show, and/or b) looked at anything except a computer screen or iPad/tablet/smartphone.

    In our county, which is few in numbers, demographically poor, rural, and conservative (on the books), every 1st grader will be using a tablet next year.

    Let that sink in.

    That group of students are the ones that can't print/read letters of the alphabet yet (The ESLs consider it a bad investment of time and never will), but they'll be learning to stick their faces into a tablet screen.

    Nuke PBS; nuke NPR. Mulvaney got it right justifying the fact that not many coal miners listen to clam jazz on PBS.

    Do you remember the part were Mulvaney stated that it's "not fair" to have a struggling single mother pay here taxes to be spent on programs that don't benefit everyone and aren't doing what they are intended to do? Write that down. You'll hear it again.

    The fun fact of the day is that 2/3 of congresspersons there right now have never operated under a federal budget and don't have any clue how to negotiate one.

    Party on boys.

  13. Ending PBS gubmint subsidy is symbolic more than not since in the big picture the amount spent is piddling. IT IS WORTH DOING FOR THE SYMBOLISM - it shows Trump is serious about trimming the fat.

  14. Rockin' the Rice Bowls.

    They seem terribly afraid that the least bit of stress will shatter these 'fragile' programs. If they were antifragile, they would grow stronger by being challenged and buffeted.

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