Saturday, October 06, 2012

My decidely unscientific poll on the Romney vs Big Bird controversy

If you were on another planet somewhere and missed it, here's what Romney told debate moderator, Jim Lehrer at Wednesday night's presidential debate in Denver:
“I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
So here's my poll question: In your opinion, which of the following most disqualifies Mitt Romney from being President of the United States:
  • His utter disregard and contempt for the role PBS plays in providing free, quality, educational programming to underserved Americans. [Read this NYT op-ed if you need background]
  • His unbelievable ignorance in inferring that cutting PBS funding would have any impact WHATSOEVER on balancing the budget [which is likeunto advocating cutting your toenails in order to lose weight]
  • Both of the above.
Let me know what you think -- and then go join "Team Big Bird" here.


Peggy Blanchard + said...

Both of these--they're related, IMO. Of course, the refusal to make his income tax info available was the huge red flag to me. Since then, every thing he says is suspect, and (of course) often is demonstrated to be untrue or inaccurate.

Peggy Blanchard + said...

If his refusal to disclose income tax filings wasn't already sufficient, I think Romney's whole transparently manipulative use of PBS as a budget scapegoat would have done it. Meh.

Janet L. Bohren said...

Both, I think he knows the second and used the first to impress his conservative followers who don't like any government support of art and culture (like NEA or PBS).

Linda McMillan said...

How about the fact that he strapped his dog to the roof of the car for a journey of over a thousand miles? Honestly, if you want to know who to vote for, talk to the dogs.

seeker said...

Both reasons you cite are reasons that Romney should not be elected. Actually, I'd rather have Big Bird for president than Romney...

dianedp said...

He is deliberately misleading the issue.
He will cut the program to pacify the tp.
They don't want educated young people.
It has nothing to do with money.

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