“We’re not going to kill Big Bird,”Mitt Romney declared as he campaigned in Iowa on Wednesday. In his quest to prove that he’s more conservative than his Republican opponents, Romney took aim at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which airs Sesame Street, and the National Endowment for the Arts program.
Rather than simply slashing defense spending in half to achieve his goal of cutting the federal budget by $500 billion, Romney intends to eliminate both of the above mentioned programs to save a paltry $5 million which won’t even have an effect on the budget according to the Congressional Budget Office. But Romney said he’s not trying to kill Big Bird, so how does he intend to keep Sesame Street alive? Romney says he’s going to put advertisements on Big Bird and leave the beloved Sesame Street in the hands of the greedy and corrupt private sector.
“Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right? And we’re going to have endowments for the arts and humanities, but they’re going to be paid for by private charity, not by taxpayers. My test is, is a program so critical that it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?”
The problem is that corporations could meddle with the content of Sesame Street or pull advertising when a right-wing group demands it, like when Lowes abandoned All-American Muslim because a hate group sent them a letter demanding they pull ads from the show. It’s easy to see why Republicans hate the arts and educational shows so much. They think creativity and learning are ‘socialism.’ Many artists, authors, and musicians have found success because of the National Endowment for the Arts and millions of children across the country enjoy Sesame Street.
Yet another problem with Romney’s statement is that the government borrows billions of dollars from China to pay for the ballooning defense spending. You don’t see Romney calling for cuts to military spending, which is by far the biggest part of the federal budget. Cutting defense spending in half would shrink the debt, and America would still have the biggest defense budget in the world. Apparently to conservatives, war is more important than the arts and educating our kids.
If Romney wants to place ads on Big Bird, that’s fine, as long as he places ads on himself first to show the world who sponsors him and his corporate agenda. He might as well tattoo PROPERTY OF WALL STREET on his ass.