Is Big Bird really fired if Romney wins?

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  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    I have several young children and watch Sesame Street everyday and their idol is Big Bird. I am an undecided voter, but if Romney is true to his word and fires Big Bird then I will have to vote democratic to save Big Bird for my children.

    Is Big Bird really the cause of our federal deficits?
     
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    I hope not. It's a shame children can't vote to save Big Bird.
     
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    Although I would like you to vote for Obama, I don't think PBS is seriously on the chopping block. PBS is such a small expense for te government comparatively that eliminating would be like putting a band aid on to fix a severed arm. The reason it gets brought up is that conservatives don't like PBS and use its expense as a talking point to get rid of it. Planned Parenthood is in the same boat. Conservatives don't like it so it always gets thrown in with "things that must be cut!" When it is a very small expense.

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    Don't we hear threats of canceling PBS funding at least once a year? Honestly, I'd be surprised if they go anywhere.
     
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    its a shame adults can vote for Romney. he really is a space caddette.
     
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    Do you think Romney is serious in delivering on anything? I'm sure he'll flip-flop to sponsoring PBS by next week.
     
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    I have been hearing calls to cut federal funding for both PBS and NPR both for 20 years at least....it hasnt happened yet. Even if it does, I am sure there will be enough public support to keep them going. Worst case? You end up with more commercials (or sponsors/underwriters if you prefer)...
     
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    I’m not pinning this on you... But if this is the big issue from the first debate, then we have a huge problem.
     
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    When is the next sound bite due through?

    Shall I set my watch, or not even bother?
     
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    It's a slippery slope.
     
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    There are TONS of sesame street dvds to turn too. If PBS were to get canceled, there is always Nick JR and Disney.
     
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    So you have no problem with Romney destroying the things that have made this thing great? Exporting jobs, tearing apart companies in order to enrich the 1%, gutting Head Start, one of the most important programs in education and lastly, PBS and NPR, two of the most trusted, most lauded and most representative of middle America?

    It's so sad that you can't see the forest for the trees. That destruction is more important to you than the building of a strong nation.
     
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    Sorry but do you have source for that? Latest thing I read said head start had no benefit.
     
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    Yes, we have zillions of cable channels now, but PBS is still unique and should be funded. Ken Burns and American Masters are reason enough. Put it to a referendum vote.
     
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    if romney ends up winning, maybe he can pardon Big Bird on thanksgiving?
     
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    Sesame Street's licensing fees puts Big Bird in the top 1%
     
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    Not to worry...

    If Big Bird gets the ax surely the private sector will fill the void with suitable educational programming hosted by positive role models. In fact, TLC (previously known as "The Learning Channel") is doing a fantastic job right now!

     
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    Serious? If so it's sad to think someone would base their vote on that???
     
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    And consequentially we will see shows about idiots running around in the dark talking to themselves and "documentaries" on UFO abductions. Whatever it takes to roll in the advertising dollar. (just look at how channels like Discovery and History have devolved over the years)
     
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    :D Best of the day.
     
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    http://http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/executive_summary_final.pdf

    Seems to show little differentiation after a year or two, definitely not the greatest educational tool ever like you imply.
     
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    What they show is significant gains in the first year or two and then a leveling off but the long term gains are substantial.not just for the kids but also for families in general.
     

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