Why Exactly Are We Mad at Mitt Romney for Wanting to Fire Big Bird?

Not that cutting federal funding for PBS will kill Big Bird – because it won’t. But, what does it say about Romney’s proposal to increase the military budget, while de-funding education? It says that Romney doesn’t have his priorities in order. Or does he? After all, if he had it his way he’d give the parents of kids living on Sesame Street the gift of school choice. That would be, a golden ticket to attend a privately owned school subsidized by government funds, much to the delight of one of his corporate friends. This is nothing exactly new given the fact that most of our tax-payer funds have been utilized in more profitable endeavors other than education. Having said that, why then are we mad at Romney for wanting to fire Big Bird?

Sesame Street character Big Bird’s name came up at Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

As Romney noted what entities he would stop funding, he mentioned the president’s health care law, then added that he would also stop a subsidy to PBS.

He said to moderator Jim Lehrer, who works for PBS: “I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to the 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 keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

As Republican Mitt Romney pledged to cut funding to PBS — adding, “I like PBS, I love Big Bird” — commenters on Twitter leaped to the defense of their favorite “Sesame Street” characters. Big Bird was a major Twitter trend throughout the night, while Oscar the Grouch and Bert and Ernie also featured. Twitter said that shortly after Romney’s remarks, users were posting 17,000 tweets per minute mentioning Big Bird. A spoof Twitter account, @firedbigbird, quickly won thousands of followers, while others shared a jokey, doctored photo showing the character posing with a cardboard sign pleading for work. (source)

Yes, think the prison industrial complex, the military industrial complex, and all of the other complexes that encourages and promotes corporate welfare. Yep, no welfare for the lovable friends of children across the world that have magically entertained and educated many of adults as old as myself. But, thank God there are still child labor laws to protect the countless children short-changed by politicians who sell the idea that the problem with education is greedy teachers and unions. Because of those laws, children in America can be spared the humility pf being exploited sweat shop labor — because, American exceptionalism says we don’t do that to kids in America. Kids in Other countries however? Yeah well, somebody has to do it, right? After all, not every child in the world can be fortunate to sit in classrooms being prepared for either a prison cell or a war zone.