Giving Big Bird The Ax?

If PBS is so incredibly incompetent that they can’t even manage to keep a show as wildly successful and ever present as Sesame Street on the air without government help, then they deserve to go out of business

Jim DeMint: The Muppets are in town. No, not for a show. They are in Washington to do business.

Inside the Beltway, Sesame Street turns into K Street and Elmo is a lobbyist…

Make no mistake, public broadcasting’s furry friends are political animals.

Elmo has been particularly busy. Elmo has testified before Congress about the need for more funding for the arts and participated in other press conferences to increase spending on public broadcasting. Elmo even went on the lecture circuit last year with Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genochowski to promote government-funded broadband Internet.

At this rate, Americans can expect Big Bird to start filming commercials to hype ObamaCare. If the FCC can borrow Elmo from PBS to build support for their plans, what’s to stop the Department of Health and Human Services from feeding Big Bird some lines?

It’s time to draw a clear distinction between the government and entertainment. Democrats shouldn’t cast our children’s most beloved creatures as characters for their big-government, big-spending causes…

Shows like Sesame Street are multi-million dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. 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.

When taxpayer funding for public broadcasting ends, rest assured, Cookie Monster will still be fed.

If the only reason taxpayers are funding PBS is Sesame Street, then PBS should give Big Bird and the rest of the cast the ax. Don’t worry about them, they’ll have better jobs five minutes later, on any channel they want short of ESPN or CNN. So, whatever happens with PBS, Big Bird’s not going away. But, PBS funding? At a time when we have hundreds of channels on TV and are running billion dollar deficits, we can’t afford to subsidize a TV network.

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