Skip to comments.Why snuffing Big Bird won’t balance the budget
Posted on 10/04/2012 7:14:29 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
In last nights 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 didnt outline deductions and loopholes he would eliminate to make his tax plan revenue neutral. Certainly, though, theres 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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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.
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.
A chainsaw might be more in order. A scalpel will take forever...
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.
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
I’ve always wondered where those royalties go.
As if Sesame Street wouldn't find a home somewhere, either network or cable.
The rest are scrambling for their paychecks...
If it wasn’t for showing British shows, like Dr. Who and Downton Abbey, nobody would watch PBS.
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!
I bet there are 10,000 comparable spending items that could be cut overnight. It all adds up.
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.
I wonder what Big Bird would taste like grilled, with some good BBQ sauce.
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?
The only thing I watch on PBS is Antiques Road Show. I bet it could easily latch onto another cable network too.
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!!!!
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.
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.