Although he has been occasionally replaced, Mitt Romeny still maintains his frontrunner status in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. And yet a certain segment of the conservative electorate remains skeptical of the former Massachusetts governor’s commitment to cutting spending. Well, here’s one piece of evidence that he plans to go after politically popular programs:
Mitt Romney spoke about cutting public funding for PBS during a campaign rally in Clinton, Iowa [on December 28], suggesting that he would “even cut programs that we like.”
“We’re not going to kill Big Bird,” he said, “But Big Bird’s going to have advertisements.”
Romney was alluding to the popular liberal outcry every time Republicans try to cut spending for public broadcasting.
Even though a variety of networks provide programming similar to the various offerings on the government-subisidized enterprise, liberals do wring their hands and reach for smelling salts every time fiscally responsible legislators attempt to cut funding for PBS.
Mitt Romney’s right. Big Bird can remain on the air in the same way other characters created for kids do: by seeking out sponsors. If they don’t like that means of funding their programming, they can reach out to their viewers and ask them to pony up a little extra cash.
Simply put, you can’t take anyone who claims to be a fiscal conservative seriously unless he is willing to cut federal funding for PBS and NPR. Mitt Romney is willing to do that. For saying he would cut such funding, he deserves a feather in his cap. And in this case, let’s make it a yellow one.