Stop Bludging Big Bird

During the presidential debate last week Mitt Romney said that even though he liked Big Bird he would rally like him to stop bludging, now Obama is dying in a ditch to saving the big yellow bludger:

After Mitt Romney said in Wednesday night’s debate that he would cut federal funding for public television, President Obama’s campaign started campaigning on saving Big Bird. No wonder his federal budgets are so full of red ink.

Defending Big Bird, Obama ignores Romney’s point: We actually borrow money from China to finance our subsidy of public television. That is comletely insane. It’s also completely unnecessary, as beloved programs such as Sesame Street are fully financially viable without government subsidies.

“Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS,” Sesame Workshop Executive Vice President Sherrie Westin said after the debate. Exactly.

The non-profit made more from product licensing ($47 million) in 2011 than it got from the government. It listed assets last year of $411 million — just $24 million shy of the entire 2013 federal appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Obama says we should continue borrowing from China to fund an organization that is rolling in cash and does not need any government subsidies. Romney says that makes no financial sense. No matter how cute Big Bird is, Romney is right.

  • chfr

    Now why didn’t you add the update Whale?? I saw this story at 6.30am with the update that Sesame Workshop asked for the ad to be removed. Seriously are you in the tank for Obama or what, hope Leighton has an expensive restaurant for you to take him to.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/260949-sesame-street-asks-obama-campaign-to-take-big-bird-ad-down

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

      You clearly didn’t read my post this morning…or this one. I think Obama defending Big Bird is dumb…idiot

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindsay.addie Lindsay Addie

    As I noted on another thread here that ad is pathetic, even some Democrats think it is rubbish. As Charles Krauthammer said it is to be hoped that this ad gets as much coverage as possible up until election day.

    Obama talks about anything but the real issues like the economy and foreign policy.

  • baw

    Big bird gets $8 million a year. The budget deficit is in the trillions.

    Get real, they are avoiding the big cuts. Or taxes.

    • LesleyNZ

      Big Bird is one example. The movie/film industry in the US is much bigger than Big Bird.

  • Michael
  • Mitch82

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/mitt-romney-abortion_n_1952780.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

    “Hmm.. now that I’ve closed the gap, how can I further reach out to the Liberals and Democrats? I’VE GOT IT! FLIP ON ABORTION!”

    I get the feeling that even Mitt Romney doesn’t know who Mitt Romney is going to vote for in November.

    • Andrei

      Silly boy – cutting funding for the baby murdering harpies of planned parenthood is not the same as legislating to ban abortion

      It never ceases to amaze how dumb liberals really are, with about the equivalent comprehension levels as a dead cat

  • LesleyNZ

    Just shows you how the media twists to make Romney look stupid and bad.

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