Charlie Chaplin said it best: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Translation: I have not wasted a single day- not one- since the day that I began to watch the political drama unfold in Obama’s campaign, not, simply, for re-election, but, rather, against his extremely-wealthy GOP opponent, Mitt Romney. My laughter turned into tears the moment that my childhood friend, Big Bird, was added to the morass of chaos.
Big Bird and the Sesame Street clan stand for a greater cause – educating the future leaders of America. Children are taught manners and numbers and how to flee strangers all in one place. None of this matters, unless parents are tuning in. Animals attend to their young. Real parents interact and train.
How can one of the most diverse and educated class of voters in the entire world be so easily distracted?
Did anyone ever stop to think about how or why PBS gets subsidy funding? 15% of PBS funding in metropolitan areas comes from the government. This figure is as high as 60% in regards to rural stations. PBS averages over 4 million viewers each week. Sure, 4 million viewers per week sounds like a hefty number, but TruTV and VH1 will earn more viewers than that on their average Monday night.
A television network that has a sufficient amount of viewers will never need a subsidy. Sure, a subsidy would be nice, but it’s not necessary. That’s what advertisements are for – to pay the bills, so that taxpayers won’t have to.
Even if a subsidy was needed, that’s just fine – Romney signed off on a bill in 2005 that gave Sesame Street just what they need – funds. Big Bird’s camp will never starve. PBS will never go out of the business. If it does, I’m sure that Disney will remain on stand-by to offer to buy the muppets, once again.
The Obama camp is playing Robin Hood – stealing from the rich to give to the poor. One problem – Stealing is still stealing.
Big Bird may be able to teach the Commander-in-Chief a lesson or two.
This is not the first time that Big Bird was dragged into the political madness, innocent bystander to a frivolous attack. Several candidates have threatened to cut PBS funding.
Big Bird is more than just a politico. Sesame Street is about philanthropy and advancement. Parents should stand up and be more than careless sitters. Election candidates should be a little less petty and a bit more classy.
Who knew that a comment about cutting the subsidy funding for PBS would bring an old pal of mine out of hiding? Thank you, Mitt Romney, for making it painfully clear that the majority of American voters pay little or no attention to the political process; instead, they engage in child’s play, being easily lured into senseless debate about saving an over-sized, mythical bird that is owned by a non-profit organization that’s larger than most. Surely, the Obama camp would have been better off if they creatively alleged that Obama Care granted Big Bird a procedure that enabled him to fly… without a jet, that is. He could use a vacation.