If you are not American, or you don’t own a television then you probably don’t know what all the fuss is over in regards to PBS. Presidential hopeful and poster boy for loudmouthed bullies – Mitt Romney – has stated that if he becomes president he will cut partially Government funded programs like PBS. This has left many Americans confused and angry. Why would you cut %15 funding to PBS, and pour more money into the military? Why? What did PBS ever do to anyone? And how exactly will this solve the debt issue?
Romney has been very secretive about his so-called tax plan. In fact, no one knows what it is. He speaks in generalizations and the actual figures he has let slip don’t make sense. (You can read more about it here) And none of his pushy BS explains why he would cut funding to a good program like PBS. PBS is small channel that is dedicated to learning about the world and learning about the arts. Period. Some of my favorite teachers came to me from PBS: Julia Child. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Bert and Ernie. BOB ROSS. Austin City Limits. Bill Nie the Science Guy. The list goes on and on.
PBS is a free channel that broadcasts all over the US. The shows run all day and all night and usually run commercial free. The shows are all educational in some way, and many promote arts like painting or cooking. It is a fantastic station that relies on support from viewers (like you) to stay on the air. Mitt Romney has decided that he has had enough of cooking in the kitchen with Julia, or learning about the universe from people way smarter than him like Neil deGrasse Tyson. He has decided that Big Bird, The Count, and Grover would be better off homeless. Because that’s what is going to happen. There will be no more Sesame Street, no more Bill Nye, no more American Masters and no more NOVA. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want an America that values guns over NOVA.
It seems to me that maybe America would be better served if we pulled shows like the ones on THE LEARNING CHANNEL. Think about it…. TLC is supposed to be about learning, and education. It says so in their name. But what do you get on that channel? Well, let’s see. We get Honey Boo Boo, Toddlers and Tiaras, Addicted, Sister Wives and Extreem Couponing. If Mitt Romney wants MY vote he needs to start tackling real issues and provide me with real answers. (Oh, and he needs to stop being an asshole, but that’s a whole separate ball of wax.)
Why is Honey Boo Boo allowed to stay on the air when NOVA is not? Why sir are you cutting a tiny program to fix a debt that it will not even come close to covering? I know you don’t like math but c’mon. PBS is the one shining bastion of American intelligence left in a sea of crap that is called Television. Do the right thing here Mr. Romney, save the little station that taught me how to paint fluffy little clouds, make a perfect Coq au Vin, and discover that science is all around me. We don’t need more guns, or more military. We need more fluffy little clouds.