Millions upon millions of Americans have grown to love PBS and the quality programming it produces. In fact, they’ve not only grown to love PBS, they’ve literally grown up with it. For many of us, our most cherished childhood memories and earliest learning experiences are replete with images of Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, and the rest of the muppet crew.
But as we saw in the presidential debate, Mitt Romney not only wants to cut PBS funding, he wants to eliminate it completely. Romney claimed he “loves Big Bird.” But a promise to gut funding and essentially commit “muppicide” is a strange way to show it.
Federal funding for PBS is minimal, in the grand scheme of the overall budget (less than one ten thousandth of a percent). And it’s by far one of the best bargains, given the phenomenal programming it helps spur, the quality journalism it enables, and the diverse audiences it reaches. And yet, in spite of these reasons (or perhaps because of them), PBS has long been on the GOP “villain” list. Don’t let them get away with it.
Send a message to Mitt Romney today. Tell him you oppose his plan to zero out PBS funding. Don’t let him commit Muppicide.