Friday, October 5, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
'That’s like me saying I’m going to lose weight by trimming my nails.'
–  Chicago Sun-Times television critic Lori Rackl, in her column on the GOP Presidential candidate's declaration during Wednesday's debate that in a Mitt Romney administration, Big Bird would be a critically endangered species – all to save the federal treasury.  Rackl reports that the savings from axing the Public Broadcasting Service's entire subsidy (not just BB) would be "$445 million ... about 1/100 of 1 percent of the federal budget." Hence the quote above, and our pause to recall a time when bipartisan arithmetic led to consensus that Sesame Street (prior posts) is a societal plus. (credit for 1970 photo of 1st Lady Pat Nixon welcoming Big Bird to the White House)

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