Romney to Cut PBS Funding – Brought to you by the Letter O for OH HECK NO!

Elizabeth Field

Last week sparked the crucial moment in the election season where people begin caring for the first time, or hopelessly drop out of the race entirely. It is also the time when people with little to no knowledge about the candidates or the election process in general develop extremely strong opinions and clutter up your Facebook news feed with statuses decrying President Obama as a Socialist or lamenting over how Romney will never be elected because “he has, like eight wives.”

It should be known that I am not a Romney supporter in any way, but I won’t be voting for President Obama either (Green Party! Jill Stein, you’re my girl.) So I think I can be somewhat unbiased (I can’t, but stay with me) when I say that Mitt Romney is a career politician who cannot identify with, or even drum up a little compassion for the plight of the middle class.

Everyone has been bashing President Obama for not being on the offense last Wednesday during the debates. He let Romney go on and on without interrupting him and basically just stood by and listened as his opposition attacked his term. I think he knew what he was doing because he’s literally used this methodology for his entire campaign: sit by and smile while Mitt Romney self-destructs. Romney has a track record of saying extremely inappropriate things and guess what? He did again the other night!

“I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too (to Jim Lehrer). But I’m not gonna keep on spending money on things to borrow from China to pay for.”

First of all, you’re telling your moderator, Jim Lehrer, who famously has a show on PBS that you’re going to cut all funding to PBS, which is also the channel producing this debate. That’s like telling your waiter you’re going to leave them a bad tip before you even sit down. You would think, in a political debate as important as this, you may want to upset your opposition, but the last person you want to offend in any way is the moderator who controls your time limit and the questions you’re being asked! Luckily for Romney, Lehrer is a stand-up guy and didn’t really hold it against him.

Next, Romney just got through speaking about the value and importance of American education and how he will preserve that. Does he realize that PBS is educational programming? He wants to remove the free access to educational public television, which is used by so many American families to teach their young children through programming like Sesame Street and Curious George. This is especially essential to families who cannot afford the expense of pre-school or after school activities.

Now, I may be a little biased because there is no way I’m going to let future seasons of Downton Abbey just slip through my fingers like that, but get serious. There is no logical way to make sense out of cutting PBS funding to balance the budget. PBS/NPR support accounts for approximately 0.012 percent of the federal budget, a drop in the bucket compared to the unnecessary wars and defense budget the Republican candidate supports.

I guess we’ll be seeing Snuffluphagus, Elmo and Oscar the Grouch in the unemployment line. Wait, doesn’t Oscar the Grouch already live in a trash can? I guess that’s what Romney meant by the 47 percent.