We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sesame Street, a non-profit arm of PBS, makes over $200 million in profit each year. I think the show is retarded but, regardless, why does it need my money? Furthermore, I think the idea of government support of media is profoundly un-American. The nation and the world are going to hell, and Obama is advertising about Big Bird. Romney only brought it up as an example of something we ought not to be borrowing money from China to support.
I am of two (at least) minds about this PBS kerfuffle. Yeah, the Sesame Street company would not go under without that one million - which at 0.02 percent of gov PBS funding (and far less if all funding considered) is probably about as small a licensing as could be arranged. OTOH, how much is needed to keep Antiques Roadshow on the air? OT3rdH, what do I care about other PBS offerings?
This is just an example of no matter what your need was when you started getting government welfare(funding), no matter how successful you become, in Obama's mind, you should never lose your government welfare payments.
Once you accept government welfare, you can never be free
There was a time when PBS was very different and very interesting. I'm old enough to remember that the only science programming on TV was NOVA, then David Attenborough's BBS programming which included Dr. Who, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Civilisation, Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man and Alistair Cooke's America. Masterpiece Theatre, you could go on and on. It was actually worth the money at one time.
Times change though and PBS couldn't compete - probably for the reasons NJ states - it's just duplicating what 300 cable channels already provide. It's either time for it go or revamp itself as a private corporation off the government dole.
remember that generations now have learned their morals, numbers, and letters from Sesame Street, and they're leftist morals. Millions take whatever they're told by Big Bird and the Cookie Monster as gospel, so if they support Obama, those cattle/people support Obama.
Right there, J.T. I outlawed PBS when one of the kids shared the PBS version of the tortoise and the hare. No, mommy, the tortoise didn't win, they both did. The tortoise stopped and gave the rabbit a ride.
Get our money out of pbs, including npr. Trash.