During the first presidential debate, Romney mentioned that he’d cut public funding for PBS, which really is kinda outside the mandate of the Constitution. Sure, there might be a way to squeeze it in under Article I Section 8 with “promoting science and the useful arts”… if you completely ignored the end of that sentence, but basically the point was that PBS’s 7% or so funding received from the government is a waste of money. It’s especially a waste when the govt. needs to tighten its belt and leave taxpayers more of their money, in order to leave people to spur the economy on. Big Bird can stand on his own two huge feet because he’s plenty marketable, and something like 93% of Sesame Street’s money comes in from merchandising. What’s merchandising, you ask?
Heck, as a coworker pointed out to me, Abelardo Montoya, as in Big Bird in Mexico (from Plaza Sesamo) is so well off as to have a section of a Formula One track running through (or immediately adjacent to) the big Sesame Street theme park in Monterrey. He also has a nice fountain.
This guy survives through being something people love and want, and are willing to buy stuff from.
Why does American Big Bird make $314,000/year and still need money from taxpayers?
It was all meant as an explanation of how spending taxpayer money is supposed to be for important constitutional functions, not for just throwing at “things we feel we want”.
And naturally, the Dems took it overboard, to the point of alienating everyone.
And now, as HotAir reports, they’re doubling down on stupid.
As prominent Democrat Dick Harpootlian put it, “Big Bird is iconic. He — or it — she — I don’t know what it is — is an icon with a whole generation or two of Americans.” Well said. If Mitt Romney won’t stand up for giant muppets, who will he stand up for?
And Dems are running with it even though Sesame Street wants nothing to do with this and sent a cease-and-desist order.
Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.
Big Bird is successful without government money. Oh, and Big Bird in the US also has theme parks. Big Bird doesn’t need big government subsidies. He’s not too Big Bird to fail, he’ll fly on his own.