Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Mittens Romney mewed this week while campaigning in Iowa that under his administration spending for public television would be cut saying Big Bird should be supported by advertisements and that the arts will need to get more private donations to stay afloat.
“We’re not going to kill Big Bird,” Romney said during a campaign stop in Clinton, Iowa. Mittens made the promise while touting his plans to drastically cut federal spending, under which he would slash $500 billion dollars a year from the budget by the end of his first term.
Romney stressed the need to cut even popular programs and singled out the National Endowment for the Arts and the Public Broadcasting Corporation as entities that would have to seek private funding in a Romney administration.
“Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?” said Romney. “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.”
“But don’t you worry about those obsolete weapons systems,” Romney’s Brain Captain continued. “There’ll be no cutting of defense spending under a Romney presidency; we’ve got to prepare for war with the Persian Empire!”
Romney said he has a litmus test for determining what would stay and what would go under his budgets, “My test is, is a program so critical that it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?”
So, protecting the top 1% against tax increases is OK, and barrowing to spend for continuing escalation of hostilities between us and anyone Mittens decides is right is OK, but poor kids being able to watch Sesame Street is not OK.
According to the Huffington Post, the public broadcasting funds represent a minuscule portion of the federal budget. The Congressional Budget Office said this year that eliminating NPR’s $5 million in federal funds from the budget would have “no effect.”
So, Mittens is banging his chest about how he’ll cut programs that won’t affect the budget or the deficit – typical GOTP tactics of class and culture warfare; “There’s no money for bullets because those poor kids are sponging off of tax payers to watch Thomas the Tank Engine,” Mitten’s Brain Captain screamed. “The madness has got to stop”!