In this 2012 presidential campaign cycle, no one is safe– not even Big Bird. Everyone’s favorite avian neighbor came under siege today in a campaign stop in Iowa, somehow, from none other than Mitt Romney, who, in explaining at a public event the importance of reducing spending in Washington, cited the need for PBS to generate its own revenue, and used the beloved bird as an example.
Explaining that many times, a reduction in the debt requires cutting programs that are not necessarily bad, even some programs that are good. “I like PBS,” he explained. “We subsidize PBS; I’m going to stop that. PBS is going to have advertisement,” he then added, somewhat humorously, “we’re not going to kill Big Bird, but Big Bird is going to have advertisements.”
Concluding his point that entitlements must be run out of Congressional budgets, he added that the “biggest and easiest one to kill” that he will tackle is Obamacare.
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