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Big Bird March Scheduled To Keep The 1%er On Government Dole
Freedom Outpost ^ | 10/13/12 | Tim Brown

Posted on 10/14/2012 10:23:47 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

I’ve not heard so much talk about Big Bird and Sesame Street since I was six years old! Ever since the first presidential debate this year, when Mitt Romney mentioned Big Bird, with reference to his desire to pull funding for PBS, something about the big yellow bird has been in the news on a daily basis. Now it looks like some “bird brain” has come up with a wacky idea to march on Washington, D.C., in support of Big Bird, on November 3, just three days before the election.

Though Romney’s call for stripping subsidizing of PBS only really amounts to about $280 million, which is hardly any significant cut, there are still those determined to keep Big Bird on the government dole.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bigbird; pbs; sesamestreet
Ironically, Sesame Street is one of the few things to come out of public broadcasting that has actually turned a profit! As Mel Brooks said in Spaceballs, MOICHANDISING! Anyone who works at a Toy-R-Us, as my lovely wife did when we first got married, knows how Sesame Street-related products fly off the shelves. And yet how often when you click the remote to a PBS station, oftentimes regular programming is pre-empted so they can man the phone banks and pass the hat?
1 posted on 10/14/2012 10:23:55 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

As if PBS could not survive without government funding. These protestors are actually insulting the network more than anything.


2 posted on 10/14/2012 10:26:09 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Impala64ssa

This reminds me of 1995 when Newt took over the House and Dems rallied against cuts to school luch program etc


3 posted on 10/14/2012 10:31:50 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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4 posted on 10/14/2012 10:33:35 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: sickoflibs

And look at just how well the Government has done at school lunches lately. . .


5 posted on 10/14/2012 10:37:27 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Impala64ssa

“Shows like Sesame Street are thriving, multimillion-dollar enterprises,” DeMint wrote. “According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, Sesame Street made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales. Big Bird will be just fine without his federal subsidies.”

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/feb/28/jim-demint/sen-jim-demint-takes-aim-muppet-lobby/


6 posted on 10/14/2012 10:42:05 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Kids have gotten more and more stupid ever since Sesame Street began. Maybe it is actually time for SS to go away.


7 posted on 10/14/2012 10:43:41 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Tamzee

This is the real view to take from this mess. Back in the 1990s...the salary, benefits of PBS employees, and structure of the organization could have easily survived without gov’t funding. But they did the same thing as the various city governments of California did...they upped the salaries and packages of every single employee. In essence...they have a huge amount of cost related to just Sesame Street by itself. When you pay $300k to the guy playing Big Bird...you’ve back yourself into the corner. I bet there are at least twenty-five folks connected to Sesame Street who make in excess of $100k a year.

Every year, they go out and try to pull more donations out of the big companies...to continue this salary structure. If the US government even cuts a quarter of it’s money to them...it’ll cause a massive internal feud over who gets to stay and who has to leave.

They did this to themselves....just like the city governments, and there’s no escape clause here...except to terminate folks. Who wants a out-of-work guy whose resume is playing Big-Bird for $300k a year?


8 posted on 10/14/2012 11:03:23 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Impala64ssa

What’s ironic is that Toys-R-Us is another company that Bain Capital turned around. Hmmm, wonder if jug ears is aware of this fact?


9 posted on 10/15/2012 12:53:01 AM PDT by Catsrus
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10 posted on 10/15/2012 3:00:24 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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11 posted on 10/15/2012 3:00:51 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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12 posted on 10/15/2012 3:04:25 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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13 posted on 10/15/2012 3:04:56 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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KILL ALL MUPPETS!!!!


14 posted on 10/15/2012 3:17:54 AM PDT by Lockbar (Romney's job on day one: Shut down all the Obama Phones)
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15 posted on 10/15/2012 3:20:36 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Impala64ssa

I can’t imagine how much some giant march of people dressed like muppets, or carrying muppet toys would help Romney in the final weekend of the election.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 4:44:12 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Lockbar
KILL ALL MUPPETS!!!!

That sounds like something the shameless Obama camp would try to attribute to Romney.

17 posted on 10/15/2012 4:49:33 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Impala64ssa

Parents love Sesame Street because of the faux educational value of the show.

Plop your kid in front of the TV for hours at a time....guilt free.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 4:57:24 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Impala64ssa
Bunch of bird brains.


19 posted on 10/15/2012 5:00:37 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: tsowellfan
" As if PBS could not survive without government funding. These protestors are actually insulting the network more than anything. "

Actually these protesters are drawling more attention to that.
They are bringing more attention to the fact that Sesame street products do bring a nice profit and that PBS can survive without government intervention.
20 posted on 10/15/2012 5:08:22 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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>>Bunch of bird brains.

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21 posted on 10/15/2012 5:10:01 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

So fitting.


22 posted on 10/15/2012 5:13:15 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Impala64ssa
Here is a 90 second video that shuts them up: Big Bird Wants Your Tax Dollars
23 posted on 10/16/2012 12:02:22 PM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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