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Why snuffing Big Bird won’t balance the budget
Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/4/2012 | Loren Steffy

Posted on 10/04/2012 7:14:29 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer

In last night’s presidential debate, Republican challenger Mitt Romney offered his plan for reducing the $1.1 trillion deficit. He proposed lowering taxes in a way that would be revenue neutral and reducing federal spending. But he offered few specifics on how he would implement it, which is a common problem when politicians discuss deficit reduction. Romney didn’t outline deductions and loopholes he would eliminate to make his tax plan revenue neutral. Certainly, though, there’s wiggle room there, because the U.S. leaves about as much revenue on the table from deductions and loopholes each year — $1.2 trillion — as it collects in taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center.

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No, cutting NPR is absolutely critical, despite its small size. If we can't make the political choice to cut the useless, unconstitutional corporate welfare, then we will never make any progress cutting the deficit anywhere. NPR is one of the things that can actually survive pretty well without handouts. After they get cut, make some adjustments, and survive, and the world does not end, it will be far easier to keep cutting.
1 posted on 10/04/2012 7:14:31 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Amen to that, Vince!


2 posted on 10/04/2012 7:17:13 AM PDT by shiva
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Oh no! Now NPR will start doing warm fuzzy stories about Democrats and critical ones about conservatives, all the while denying that they’re based.

Wait - that’s what they already do.


3 posted on 10/04/2012 7:17:59 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Exactly...
Any spending that is NOT related to Constitutionally mandated costs need to GO!
Use that scalpel....


4 posted on 10/04/2012 7:18:10 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Vince Ferrer

Right. So according to this article we should just keep wasting money and let Obama run up trillions more.


5 posted on 10/04/2012 7:19:17 AM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

The left always uses Sesame Street as their example while ignoring the fact that NPR spouts left-wing drivel 24/7. I wonder how happy the libs would be if tax dollars were used to put Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck on the air.


6 posted on 10/04/2012 7:19:17 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (When the Obama poster fades, the portrait of Che Guevara beneath it shows through.)
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Those are the exact points made by Newt, yes, if we declare certain subsidies "off limits," i.e. seven big banks are "too big to fail."

Cutting things like PBS and NPR when we have to borrow from China impresses the people we need energized to vote - vote for Romney!

7 posted on 10/04/2012 7:20:38 AM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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Knocking down Obamacare will go a long way toward cutting the deficit.

Big Bird? He should be on commercial TV.


8 posted on 10/04/2012 7:20:38 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Loves To Spend My $$$$$$$$$$$$)
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Those are the exact points made by Newt, yes, if we declare certain subsidies "off limits," i.e. seven big banks are "too big to fail."

Cutting things like PBS and NPR when we have to borrow from China impresses the people we need energized to vote - vote for Romney!

9 posted on 10/04/2012 7:20:40 AM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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10 posted on 10/04/2012 7:21:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Vince Ferrer

You echo my thoughts exactly. Of course eliminating this or that non-entitlement program won’t save us. We know the real spectre. But no one will go after SS, Medicare, etc., and unless it is rescinded ASAP soon no one will go after Obamacare. If they did, our streets might look like Greece. Gotta start somewhere, where many can agree and interested parties won’t throw Molotov cocktails to defend them.


11 posted on 10/04/2012 7:22:01 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Vince Ferrer

His approach is right on. Quit borrowing money from China to pay for stuff like NPR.


12 posted on 10/04/2012 7:22:21 AM PDT by Harley (Those that don't engage in politics are destined to be governed by inferiors. -Plato)
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To: P.O.E.

Well, put in mind that NPR also adds insult to injury by demanding donations in addition to the subsidies that they run on.


13 posted on 10/04/2012 7:22:31 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Vince Ferrer

I thought it was indicative of Romney’s night that he would say he would cut support for NPR etc. to Jim Lehers face right off the bat.


14 posted on 10/04/2012 7:24:07 AM PDT by Average Al
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You mean other networks wouldn’t fall over themselves backwards to host Sesame Street?


15 posted on 10/04/2012 7:25:07 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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Neither will cutting the $2.8 billion tax credits to oil producers.


16 posted on 10/04/2012 7:26:54 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Vince Ferrer

Big bird is just symbolic, and there are many “big birds” with government spending, which, when added together, will come to a very considerable amount.


17 posted on 10/04/2012 7:27:07 AM PDT by adorno
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NPR also adds insult to injury by demanding donations in addition to the subsidies that they run on.

When is PBS NOT doing fundraising during their evening shows? It's more irritating watching them than watching network TV, never mind the program content!

18 posted on 10/04/2012 7:27:48 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

A Big Bird here, a Big Bird there, and pretty soon we’re talking about real money. I love how the left looks at cutting “small” programs singularly within the context of the entire budget, without adding all of those programs up. And you’re right, Vince - if we can’t cut programs like CPB, NPR, PBS, NEA, NEH, etc., then we can’t cut diddly.


19 posted on 10/04/2012 7:28:54 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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Sesame Street makes millions in royalties. They can pay their way.


20 posted on 10/04/2012 7:30:36 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Vince Ferrer

And turning off unnecessary lights won’t make me a millionaire but adopting the basic philosophy and actions of a person intent on cutting costs and saving money will, in aggregate, improve my wealth position.

That’s the message.


21 posted on 10/04/2012 7:30:36 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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Here they come to snuff the rooster......

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22 posted on 10/04/2012 7:32:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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I just can’t believe in this day and age when people have so many options to watch tv or DVR, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. that we believe that people need to have Sesame Street paid for by the tax payers. Even super poor people have cable tv and other gagets. It is not like it was in 1950 when people could not afford even the 3 channels so they offered the PBS channel so poor folks received some culture and education. That was then and this is now...It is NOT needed. Get rid of all art funding while you are at it. Oh and all aid to other countries until our debt is ZERO...if that never happens, then never give another penny to another country.


23 posted on 10/04/2012 7:32:57 AM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: matginzac
Any spending that is NOT related to Constitutionally mandated costs need to GO! Use that scalpel....

A chainsaw might be more in order. A scalpel will take forever...

24 posted on 10/04/2012 7:33:10 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: kabar
Neither will cutting the $2.8 billion tax credits to oil producers

Love it.
25 posted on 10/04/2012 7:33:35 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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Why snuffing Big Bird won’t balance the budget

They must teach a course in strawman arguments in the lib colleges, which means most of them. Something is not a bad idea merely because it doesn't completely solve a particular problem, or doesn't address a different problem. Examples:

State pension reform won't build roads and bridges.
Allowing citizens to own guns will not reduce inner city unemployment.
Drone strikes on terrorists won't cure cancer.

The unstated (or, sometimes, stated) conclusion is always: Since A doesn't completely fix B, we shouldn't do A. Pure fallacy. Pure Alinsky.

26 posted on 10/04/2012 7:33:46 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (When the Obama poster fades, the portrait of Che Guevara beneath it shows through.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

The federal government should not be funding ANYTHING that is as unnecessary as PBS or NPR. “Sesame Street” makes a fortune from merchandising, it doesn’t need a subsidy.

No more tax dollars to private organizations like PBS, NPR, Planned Parenthood, La Raza, ACLU etc etc


27 posted on 10/04/2012 7:33:58 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: AppyPappy

I’ve always wondered where those royalties go.


28 posted on 10/04/2012 7:34:55 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
The left always uses Sesame Street as their example

As if Sesame Street wouldn't find a home somewhere, either network or cable.

The rest are scrambling for their paychecks...

29 posted on 10/04/2012 7:35:02 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: AppyPappy

If it wasn’t for showing British shows, like Dr. Who and Downton Abbey, nobody would watch PBS.


30 posted on 10/04/2012 7:35:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

It’s not about the size of the program. It’s the fact that the tax payer is forced to pay for constant marxist nonsense that matters!


31 posted on 10/04/2012 7:36:09 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: Vince Ferrer

I bet there are 10,000 comparable spending items that could be cut overnight. It all adds up.


32 posted on 10/04/2012 7:37:51 AM PDT by ilgipper
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Snuff a few billion Big Birds here and a few billion Big Birds there, and pretty soon you're talking about some real money.
33 posted on 10/04/2012 7:43:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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Benjamin was right about penny saved is a penny earned. A little cut here, a little cut there adds up to a significant amount making it easier to slash at more. Eliminating the boob belt and Obama friends and family vacations will be a great improvement.


34 posted on 10/04/2012 7:44:05 AM PDT by bgill
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I wonder what Big Bird would taste like grilled, with some good BBQ sauce.


35 posted on 10/04/2012 7:44:51 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: ilgipper

It’s not even about the spending, it’s the question of, why should the government be involved in things it has no business being involved in, in the first place?


36 posted on 10/04/2012 7:46:45 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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The only thing I watch on PBS is Antiques Road Show. I bet it could easily latch onto another cable network too.


37 posted on 10/04/2012 7:46:52 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Vince Ferrer

These fools keep screaming that it is “basic math,” and therefore it will not work. This is what the media and liberals (but, I repeat myself) don’t understand: it isn’t basic math, there is ALGEBRA involved!

If we ADD MORE TAX PAYERS (i.e., workers in the work force), then the amount of monies coming IN will increase MORE than what we have today. The Romney plan GROWS the income base, by ADDING jobs!

It is NEW WORKERS MULTIPLIED times the reduced tax rates INCREASES government revenue - see Reagan’s results for PROOF of this theory!!!!


38 posted on 10/04/2012 7:52:06 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Big Bird won’t get “snuffed”.
The federal funding portion of PBS’s budget is around 15%.
And Big Bird is it’s biggest selling point.

The “fear” is akin to the old technique of governments responding to budget cuts by eliminating (or threatening to) school buses, police, etc - while preserving all the _real_ money-wasting activities.


39 posted on 10/04/2012 8:02:12 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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The way to balance the budget is to get the 25% of Americans that aren’t working back to work.

And the way to do that is to restore the import tariffs that protected the American economy and kept Americans working for Americans.


40 posted on 10/04/2012 8:02:55 AM PDT by DannyTN
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NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have to be totally cutoff from taxpayer funding. They are nothing more than spoiled liberal play pens with OPM [other people's money]. Let them sink or swim because they are FOR-PROFT organizations, even though they are classed as 501(c)(3) [non-profit] by the IRS.
41 posted on 10/04/2012 8:06:13 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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there is no reason PBS should be tax exempt.

it is just enabling bias.


42 posted on 10/04/2012 8:14:24 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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>>The way to balance the budget is to get the 25% of Americans that aren’t working back to work.

The way to do that is to get the illegals out of the country and demand that the drones work and eliminate
their welfare. It must be a living wage as the illegals arte living and sending money out of the country to their families.


43 posted on 10/04/2012 8:15:52 AM PDT by Joe Bfstplk (People should enjoy the fruits of their labor. No labor, no fruit.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Honestly it was the one issue “bone” I didn’t understand why he would throw out to the media during a debate, unless it was done to placate conservatives. NPR/PBS budget is miniscule comparatively speaking, and although I like some of their programming, I directly blame Sesame Street for promoting children’s dependence on television at younger and younger ages...but why debate that now?


44 posted on 10/04/2012 8:17:42 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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Why should the government be involved in broadcasting in the first place?


45 posted on 10/04/2012 8:20:40 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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Why snuffing Big Bird won’t balance the budget

But Big Birds rotting carcaus will serve as a great trail marker on the path to balancing it.

46 posted on 10/04/2012 8:24:27 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: MasterGunner01

there is no reason PBS should be tax exempt.

it is just enabling bias.


47 posted on 10/04/2012 8:25:04 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: RexBeach

Definitely! Any of these PBS programs that are that popular will find a place on commercial TV.

Where they will be subjected to ratings like their competitors. If they can’t cut it, why were we subsidizing them in the first place?


48 posted on 10/04/2012 8:37:31 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: dfwgator

I certainly wasn’t arguing that they should... I am absolutely opposed to it. However, bringing it up in a debate is a distraction... this is the sort of idiotic story the lazy media loves to run with.

My point being... have this debate AFTER the election is over.


49 posted on 10/04/2012 8:39:59 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Snuffing one Big Bird might not solve our deficit problem, but snuffing the THOUSANDS of Big Bird programs & their overpaid bureaucrats will make significant cuts to the deficit & partially remove the yoke of gov’t oppression from businesses & individuals.

Big Bird is an excellent place to start, showing the people that no cow or bird is sacred.

50 posted on 10/04/2012 8:47:13 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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