let's keep PBS for 51st, 52, 53 ,54 ,55 , 56, and 57th state;..................................... eliminate it ONLY for the first 50, OK?
Sesame Street debuted in 1969. By that time I was already outside riding my bike and playing hide and go seek, four square, dodge ball and tetherball.
I turned out ok.
My son was born in the late 80’s. Although I cannot say he didn’t watch SS ever, I didn’t park him in front of the television like other moms I knew. They would use the show as a baby sitter. Honestly, even back then I didn’t like the way some of the lessons were presented. My son had a favorite tape and it was Gymbo the clown. Oh cripes he was a scary guy. We had 2 or three of the VHS tapes and he loved the tape sooo much. Look at this creepy clown.
I would love for programming such as Sesame Street to go private, and I cant wait for the day when cable televison providers let you chose the channels you actually want. We have something like 100 channels and dont like most of them. Most evenings we stream a movie thru Netflix or Amazon Prime.
It took us years- YEARS! of asking, pleading, complaining for our cable company to pick up Fox Business.
There's really no need for PBS anyway. Not with the Discovery channel, the History channel, the History International channel, the Military channel, the Nat Geo channel, the various Nick stations. In other words there's plenty of places for these shows to go.
The truly frightening part of the budget debacle we're in - is that so few understand the scale of it. The so-called "mandatory" spending (SS, Medicare, etc) accounts for most of the revenues the federal government takes in. Defense is not considered "mandatory" so the funding for our national defense - comes from borrowed dollars (China is no longer buying bonds - but the Fed continues to not only monetize the debt, but further underwrites deficit spending by creating even more dollars). We absolutely have our priorities upside down.
PBS is a drop in the bucket but symbolic. I wonder why the Left can't bear to use the line they've created - "shared sacrifice" when it comes to cutting PBS subsidies?
Breath takingly awesome, Mark Levin!
I'm so sick of seeing all those erectile commercials I could just scream!
Levar has truly beamed up if he thinks everything in this country is fiscally fine. I realize he wants to keep his job, but is Reading Rainbow really necessary? Seriously, when cuts have to be made, optional expenditures must be on the chopping block.
PBS and AARP are very similar. Marketed as one thing but in fact are really strident advocates of liberalism.
If the government contribution to PBS is only 1/100 of 1%, then perhaps after cutting that we can find 1000 other idiotic subsidies. That will reduce the government spending by 10%. It would be a start.
I'm all for Levin buying up Sesame Street and Barney (the dinosaur, not the gay politician). But there would have to be two stipulations if I were part of the Board of Directors of Levin's Children's Restoration network.
First, we should sell Barney to Al Jazeera, and let him drive the Muslims crazy instead of our children's parents.
Secondly, we would have to insist on dropping this insane idea of Bert and Ernie getting married. I mean, how far do we have to go to indoctrinate our children into homosexuality. Come on. They're children, let them be just that.
Did you see this?
If you type in Bert and Ernie /gay on youtube there are a few video clips with insinuations about their relationship and/or sex. This is stupid, but its saturday and there isnt a new thread to post a comment in...
I wish I was. Sesame Street says no, for now. But the petitions are out there in droves.
PS: Please forgive the HuffPo links. I had to go to the dark side to get the info. I did a virus check immediately afterwards and I think I'm okay (although, I'm afraid from now on, I'll be more metrosexual. Hope it wears off by Monday).
I just went to the Seasame Street web site. On the bottom of the home page in the small print it states that the program was developed under a grant from (drum roll please) the U S Dept of Education. Have you been to a toy store and seen all the spin off toys from all the shows. I think that childrens programs have turned into infomercial to sell their products, to many people/corps are feeding from the government trough of public tax dollars.
"An attack on children." Oh, but taxpayer funded abortion is not "an attack on children."
These libs have irony and hypocrisy by the truck loads.
It make perfect sense for Mark Levin and his associates to buy various programs from PBS. It would be a boondoggle for the vast conservative radiohead's to form a corporation to buy-up these public shows. I think this is a good idea just to take them (children) away from the mush they ingest on a daily basis by left wing ideologues who run these programs today.
They can do what Glenn Beck has done with his computer show the Blaze. It has now gone onto cable television channel 212 on Dish Network, and this channel caters to conservative news and views 24/7. Take a look and listen, and you will be pleasantly surprise on how good and informative this Dish Network channel-212 is.
HaHa! That was great and he's right! There is no reason PBS should be subsidized by the taxpayer! And no reason why Sesame Street can't go private! Shoot, they'd probably have better programming!
I would like any liberal to tell me the Article and Section in the Constitution that authorizes the Imperial Gub'mint to pay for any radio/TV station.
It ain't there.
I always liked Burton on Star Trek, but it has been off of the air for a long time. Mr. Burton must be low on funds. He must be thinking that if he sounds like a typical Hollywood left-wing nut job then maybe someone will throw him some work.
Levin is correct, big time. There are so many channels out there for kids and so many programs. The same programs that appear on PBS could easily be put in syndication and broadcast on channels like Nickelodeon or Disney. Or, better yet, PBS could just become another channel with advertisements on it, keeping control of their own shows (and their own profits). No, the left wants to keep PBS as a megaphone for the Democratic party and most Americans don't want to subsidize that. Also, if you think cutting PBS is bad, wait until you try and get rid of Federal subsidies for ethanol. Go try doing that. I dare you, especially in an election year. Cutting the budget is going to involve some hard choices. Cutting PBS is NOT one of them.
There is something else we can cut...FREE CELL PHONES!!!! Remember last weeks rant by some nut job who said at an O rally "I got me a free Obama phone!" ONE MILLION of these were given away! Here is a perfect example of Barack's REDISTRIBUTION of wealth! I want me a NEW president!
Mark nails it again. The Children's Television Workshop can certainly survive and definitely would thrive under Mark's guidance. They already have a viable company. Mark would make it even better. It would be interesting to know what their deal is with PBS. CTW does exist for children and for a while they were just fine until they got into the indoctrination and politically correct business. Ugh.
Every once in a while I would get tricked into watching PBS because it was something I wanted to see. 100% of the time it was during their pitiful times when they "needed" donations. As Mark said, I would rather watch commercials than listen to 15 minutes straight of their telethon speils.
Attack on the Middle Class
Attack on Women
Attack on Gay Marriage
Now apparently...Attack on Children...
Levar Burton IS an attack on children... why the hell do you think he
had to wear those eye-covering glasses in Star Trek?
Liberals would have a temper tantrum even if Romney said he wanted to cut $1 from the debt. Liberals will do whatever it takes to make sure that government stays big and keeps on growing bigger.
Uh-oh... now Romney's racist for cutting PBS? Oh yeah, who cares about what Levar Burton thinks anyway.
He'd be willing to buy Sesame Street? In other words, the show could go on without taxpayer funding, aka legalized plunder. Got it, Mr. Burton.
Wonder how much PBS execs give to the "disenfranchised." The "poor" have more than many people who work. Free housing, free utilities, free food, free internet, and now free DSL and free cell phones. They also get free health care, education for them and their kids. Most have cars, cable TV, big screen TV's etc.
OH The irony of a bunch of rich liberal celebrities bemoaning the loss of taxpayer funded programming. If it is THAT important to them they should pay for it themselves. While we are on the subject, we also need to cut any subsidies, tax breaks, or grants that go to the television, movie, and music industries.
We are broke, does anyone on the left understand the word broke? As in NO money.
Liberals would rather taxpayers pay for Bert and Ernie's portrayal of a gay relationship than to see Sesame Street fall into the hands of Mark Levin. I think they'd rather see public tv die before they "allow" PBS to be privatized.
That's good. Where would the left be if they couldn't tune into Barney the Dinosaur?
I watched PBS as a kid. Why should our funds go to them instead of paying for themselves like other channels?
The Left's argument is lame, as usual, Sesame Street would not be harmed by PBS being cut. Nickelodeon or another station would snap that program up in a heart beat, SS is popular enough to draw big bucks in sponsors. The same cannot be said for the other propaganda programming they have on PBS and they will die the death they should have died decades ago! We need to cut our spending and someone, somewhere will find the cuts painful but this is better than the alternative of following Greece over the cliff.