You sure knew how to ruffle my feather last night, didn’t ya Mr. Mitt? When you told my dear grandfather Jim Lehrer that you’d cut off PBS, the station that brought your children Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, you totally contradicted your “I want to improve American childhood education” schtick. Because guess what, Mr. Mitt? THAT’S WHAT WE DO…EVERY DAY.
But also, did you feel even the least bit terrible telling the veteran Lehrer that he wouldn’t have a job when you took office? That’s surely not a way to win over friends (something I know how to do very well), and certainly not a way to build more jobs in this country. You said it was a “necessity”, that our national deficit was far too high. But with all due respect, Mr. Mitt, PBS funding amounts to .038% of the federal budget, which is probably just under the amount you raked in last year.
Now, I totally understand that the state of the American economy is bleak, that people aren’t as happy as my friends on Sesame Street. But Mr. Mitt, you really must rethink taking away the one channel that our culture relies on to provide truly organic content that’s not a slave to advertising. PBS, and even our grandpa Jim Lehrer (who may or may not have fallen asleep during the debates last night), are dedicated to fostering a future generation of leaders who will keep this country great, sound, and smart. Yes, the same exact things you were calling for up on that podium last night.
Now, as you know, I’m not the fighting type. Cut my job and I’ll look long and hard for a new one. Cut The Muppets’ paycheck, and get ready for an all out brawl: