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Desperate Dems Hide Behind Big Bird

ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:34 AM
PBS is an oasis of sanity in a sea of televised crud. It features positive programming for kids, excellent American history documentaries (baseball, the Civil War, Boulder Dam -- uniquely American stuff), medicine, nature, music, cooking, automotive, home improvement, etc. In short, PBS is about the positive things in our lives as Americans. The occasional politically oriented show, like The McLaughlin Report, generally features a balance of political views. For every hour of something on PBS that someone on TH might find too "liberal", there are 100 hours of quality, uplifting, unabashedly pro-American programming. PBS has a way of reminding me why I'm proud of my country. My very conservative parents ....
rreid Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 12:15 PM
I agree that PBS has many worthwhile programs. If enough others agree they will have no trouble surviving without tax dollars
John Bull Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:13 AM
No wonder you have become another idiotic anti-american commie leftist... you'vve been raised by PBS...

FVck PBS... why borrow from china to pay for some of the most self centered, arrogant, and useless parasites if they product is so damn good....
they are just another bloated govment funded institution that hates America...

heck they should be closed off. period... America does not need a publicly financed information ministry network...
The commies have the control of nbc, cbs, abc, cnn, nyt, wapo, etc... already
Wayne from the Hoosier state Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 12:04 PM
I guess he told you, eric.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 12:28 PM

Butler needs to watch The McLaughlin Report and learn how civilized people argue.
Illbay Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:49 AM
And that means that you should continue to force ME to pay for it, even if I don't agree?

Typical of the malevolent narcissism of the Left: "I like it, I agree with it, and by golly, you're going to continue to pay for it!"

You people are jerks beyond belief.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:11 AM

Are you opposed to national parks too? Would you rather see the Grand Canyon in private hands? Condos in Yellowstone? Oil drilling in Yosemite?

If every taxpayer had to sign off on everything, the government, whether federal, state, or local, did, nothing would ever get done. We'd have no parks, no roads, no airports, no running water, etc.

The simple fact is that we sometimes pay for stuff we don't agree with. I assure you, if I'd had a say in the decision, we'd not have invaded Iraq in 2003. And that decision costs me (and you) a great deal more every year (and will until we and our children and grandchildren are gone) than the $1.35 you pay each year for PBS.
DB07 Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:18 AM
Eric, bottom-line, PBS doesn't NEED taxpayer support any longer. It can compete. Even if it couldn't, is it important enough to borrow money from China to pay for?
rickmcq Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:27 AM

Since when are the public airwaves analogous to national parks? We license the airwaves every year. If you want a parallel between the public airwaves and the national parks, there should be NO private broadcasters.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:44 AM

I believe it IS that important if we are to know our history and who we are as a country. Where else can you see intelligent, pro-American programming?

The History Channel used to show history. These days it's nothing but storage lockers and vehicle restorations. I like that stuff (I'm hooked on Pawn Stars), but if I want to see actual historical programming, it's pretty much PBS or nothing.

I believe education is as important for adults as kids if our country is to stay in the lead, and PBS is where you go for quality adult education -- not political stuff, just useful, everyday learning.
Buck O Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:42 AM
ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:46 AM
I've supported PBS financially for decades.
John Bull Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:14 AM
I believe it... No wonder you are a anti-American commie bast@rd... like the rest of the leftist...
rickmcq Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:23 AM
"I've supported PBS financially for decades."

That's great, as long as you support it with your money and not with mine.
rickmcq Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:40 AM
So PBS must be the most watched,, highest rated network on TV today!

Much like, "If you like it put a ring on it," 'If you like it, pay for it.'
The Liberal Mind vs Facts Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:37 AM
Then by what you say they will be successful without tax-payer funding.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:35 AM
got me into watching PBS decades ago, and that's one of the many things I thank them for. If you haven't watched PBS in a while, I commend it to your renewed attention.
dan17 Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:44 AM
I agree, but it is time for the feds to get out of the businessof funding a self supporting entity like PBS. That was Romney's point when he used PBS as an example, and he is right.
Quintus Tullius Cicero Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:45 AM

If I want to see or read propaganda, I'll read 30 year old issues of Pravda, Izvestia, and Krasnaya Zvezda.
Original2 Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:21 AM
Why must we borrow money that our children and grandchildren will be obligated to pay back to fund your favorite channel?

Seriously. It may be a very nice bunch of programs with a great message, but is PBS so important we have to go into debt to pay for it? 40 cents out of every dollar paid for its programming is borrowed money.

IF your family was in dire financial straits, would you think it reasonable to borrow money on your home or car to pay for your cable bill every month?

Or would you have the cable turned off?

Its called prioritizing. Everybody has to do it when money is tight. Sooner or later, even Democrats will realize this country has to do it.
Mitt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV. As soon as the GOP presidential candidate singled out PBS for cuts during the presidential debate in Denver, the hysterical squawking commenced.

Left-leaning celebrities immediately erupted on Twitter. "WOW!!! No PBS!! WTF how about cutting congress's stuff leave big bird alone," Whoopi Goldberg fumed. "Mitt is smirky, sweaty, indignant and smug with an unsettling hint of hysteria. And he wants to kill BIG BIRD," actress Olivia Wilde despaired. "Who picks on Big Bird!!! #bulliesthatswho," actress Taraji Henson chimed in.

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