Budget battles: Big Bird under attack
March 4th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Budget battles: Big Bird under attack

New York (CNNMoney) - Friday was the 155th day the federal government has operated without a budget, and some lawmakers spent it arguing over nickels and dimes.

Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma introduced a bill Friday that would save a little more than $400 million a year by stripping all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Truth has a liberal biad. This boils down to one thing: the most malignant of GOPers holding this funding hostage to force PBS to lean towards the rght and ignore the truth if the truth happens, as usual, to sound too liberal.

    March 4, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Calif

    Democrats budget it to massivly spend more. For them there's no compromise or they'll pull the FleeBagger on the country.

    March 4, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Pink Floyd DeMint sees no need to fund any educational programs that do not have Dr. Evil Murdoch, Mini Me Beckerhead, Fat Bastard Hannity, and the drug user from West Palm Beach. Republicans do not believe in pre school edjumakasun.

    March 4, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Without Sesame Street, we would not have the Michael Steele character, the Count Paul Ryan, Oscar the McCain, Miss Piggy Palin, and Boner the Grouch.

    March 4, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Oy Vey az

    This is more than Big Bird. It's not money spent that these Republicans are against. It's freedom of information that's under attack. Republicans fear that an informed public will expose their wacko fascist leanings. This attack on our freedom to be informed about what's going on is just the national model of what we Arizonans are living with now. Don't be complacent. This is not a joke. Speak out for freedom today. Save NPR and you’ll be saving America.

    March 4, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican plan: Unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded wars, unfunded tax breaks for big oil, unfunded TARP, increased debt, near depression, attacks on: middle class, hispanics, women, union workers, seniors, college students, policemen, firemen, teachers, nurses, postal workers, military men and women, VA, poor people, people without health insurance, and medicare recipients. I remember that Hillary Clinton once said, "It takes a village." I'll bet she did not know that the GOP would be made up of village idiots.

    March 4, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. diridi

    DeMint, and Corbrun are both idiots..."Idiots". Period....o.k.

    March 4, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    Here's a compromise: quit subsidizing Big Bird and quit subsidizing Big Oil.

    They will both survive without government help.

    March 4, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Mikey

    Next, they will want to defund truth, compassion, knowledge, ethics, and reason – as they all have a liberal bias, too.

    March 4, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. carrotroot

    Please do not defund this service, it is the only non-commercialized news source in this country. Because it is not commercially backed corporations cannot control the news by threatening to withhold funding if it finds a story that does not portray it in a good light.

    March 4, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, described the Democrats' bill as "little more than status quo," and not enough to rein in the deepening deficit. '

    "Status Quo"? You mean like extending tax cuts that existed for 6 or so years before the recession, didn't create jobs before the recession, didn't help stop the recession from happening, existed all throughout the recession and didn't prevent all the job losses from occurring during the recession AND WERE THE SINGLE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN CREATING THE DEFICIT IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    March 4, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. bo-D

    Please gop stop being petty and stupid sesame street come on

    March 4, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. the truth is out there

    The truth is spoken on CPR more often than not, and keeps We The People properly informed of news worthy Items, not covered on other news outlets, most of which are owned by there GOP buddies

    March 4, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Inmyopinion

    Sesame Street has been known to have used the characters to favor the Democrat Party by attacking Fox News, that is not exactly Public Broadcasting, that is being one sided.

    Saving NPR is not saving America as America stands for freedom of speech for all and Sesame Street practiced freedom of speech for Democrats only.

    March 4, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. James

    Well given the money that sesame street merchandise makes, they should be able to fund their own show.

    March 4, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    HERE WE GO AGAIN! If you look at PBS and NPR two of the things that they stress are education and diversity and it appears those two things are what Americans can do without. We used to watch PBS in class when I was in school back in the 60's on a large black and white television. There is always something worth listening to on NPR...problem is that it is not a FoxNews type program and has a liberal slant to it (you know liberals for some strange reason like educating the masses and include diversity) and it's that slant that gets under the GOP's skin. You watch and listen to PBS and NPR you might learn something and of course knowledge and facts are something the right is really not too crazy about.

    March 4, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Inmyopinion

    Bottom line, Public Broadcasting is not impartial and their actions have proven so, therefore, tax dollars should not be funding it, they have shown their favoritism of the Democrat Party. Our tax dollars should fund programs that practice equality.

    March 4, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. OneMoreTime

    Just want to add that Charles Riley is absolutely right. This is nickel and dime stuff, does nothing for the deficit, and
    (not his words) punishes the most innocent little human beings.

    March 4, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |