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  •  If you want to go all science-y, fact-y - (23+ / 0-)

    you can't do much better than this:

    (Don't) Steal My Stickers bumpersticker 4 Blues in a Red zone

    by jan4insight on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:42:11 PM PDT

    •  Excellent! (9+ / 0-)

      “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

      by hungrycoyote on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:47:45 PM PDT

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    •  Romney should be HAMMERED on this because (3+ / 0-)

          When he talked about WHERE he planned to cut spending, this is the ONLY specific item that he mentioned.

           Based on NdGT's figure of 0.012% of the budget, that means:

           Assuming that Romney intends to cut 100% of PBS funding, that would reduce the deficit by about 0.04%

           So then all he has to do is kill about 439,999,999
      more Big Birds
      , and we've got a balanced budget!

           Oh, but wait!  That's only if Mitt DOESN'T cut taxes!  If he cuts taxes by 20% as he promises, that means we have to kill 20% more Big Birds!  (i.e., another 88 million Big Birds!)

           Seriously Mitt, if you think you can find 440 million items to cut, I can see why you don't want to go into the details of your plan.  Even if you explained 1000 budgetary cuts per day, you wouldn't be done until the year 3217.  By then I'm pretty sure the U.S. demographics will have shifted enough that your chances of election would be even slimmer than they are now!

           If there are other things that you're planning to cut that are bigger than Big Bird, what are they?  

           And no, there are no Social Security or Medicare Entitlements that will be eliminated by eliminating Big Bird and the Sesame Street Gang, thanks to the No Medicare for Muppets Act passed by the Republican Congress back in 1994.

           Oh, and Mitt, one more question: If you don't think that educational programming for children is worth even 0.012% of the Federal Budget, what percentage of the Federal Budget are you willing to invest in other areas of education, such as teachers and schools?

           And finally, not a question but a suggestion.  At 0.012% of the budget, that means that out of every $1000 I spend in taxes, I'm paying 12 cents to Big Bird.  Speaking for myself, I would GLADLY see that doubled to 24 cents, heck, make it an even Quarter, IF: We can just get rid of those DAMNED PLEDGE NIGHTS!

      •  Correction (or-Oops-My Math's Worse than Romney's) (2+ / 0-)
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        Marko the Werelynx, Larsstephens

            I should never do math after 1 a.m.  Cross-multiplied but then forgot to divide the product to get the final result, so it's not quite as dramatic as stated above, but still pretty darned dramatic!  Let's try again, this time I'll show my work:

             Based on NdGT's figure of 0.012% of the budget, based on 2012's budget that would be about $440 million for PBS.  So, If we divide the budget deficit of 1.1 Trillion by $440 million, that means eliminating PBS eliminates about 1/2500th of the of the deficit.  So, 440 million is the approx. PBS budget, 2500 is the number of budget cuts of that size necessary to balance the budget.  ERRRM....I was SORT OF close, right?  So just print out the following below, cut it out, and tape it to your screen to  cover the incorrect math above: (In the words of Grover,

        "Oh, I am so embarrassed!"
        )
        Romney should be HAMMERED on this because: When he talked about WHERE he planned to cut spending, this is the ONLY specific item that he mentioned.

             Based on NdGT's figure of 0.012% of the budget, that means:

             Assuming that Romney intends to cut 100% of PBS funding, that would reduce the deficit by about 0.04%

             So then all he has to do is kill about 2499
        more Big Birds, and we've got a balanced budget!

             Oh, but wait!  That's only if Mitt DOESN'T cut taxes!  If he cuts taxes by 20% as he promises, that means we have to kill 20% more Big Birds!  (i.e., another 500 Big Birds!)

             Seriously Mitt, if you think you can find 2500 0.012% items to cut, I can see why you don't want to go into the details of your plan.  Even if you explained just 1 budgetary cut per day, you wouldn't be done until the year 2018.  By then I'm pretty sure the U.S. demographics will have shifted enough that your chances of election would be even slimmer than they are now!

             If there are other things that you're planning to cut that are bigger than Big Bird, what are they?  

             And no, there are no Social Security or Medicare Entitlements that will be eliminated by eliminating Big Bird and the Sesame Street Gang, thanks to the No Medicare for Muppets Act passed by the Republican Congress back in 1994.

             Oh, and Mitt, one more question: If you don't think that educational programming for children is worth even 0.012% of the Federal Budget, what percentage of the Federal Budget are you willing to invest in other areas of education, such as teachers and schools?

             And finally, not a question but a comment.  At 0.012% of the budget, that means that out of every $1000 I pay in taxes, I'm paying 12 cents to Big Bird.  Speaking for myself, I would GLADLY see that doubled to 24 cents, heck, make it an even Quarter, IF: We can just get rid of those DAMNED PLEDGE NIGHTS!

        •  So Embarrassed I Wrote My First Diary (1+ / 0-)
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          Larsstephens

               Was so embarrassed by my math errors in the comment above, off by like eleventy-billion (no job offers from Neil deGrasse Tyson for ME...) that I decided to recover from my self-humiliation by transforming my lame comment into a hopefully less lame diary:  The Big Bird Effect (with Chart)

          First diary people, be kind...although if you read the above lame comment the diary will be more lame than if you didn't read the above lame comment, but oh well...Too bad my stupider comments can't be deleted....but then I guess if I started deleting my stupid comments, I'd end up having to delete ALL my comments...

    •  NdGT/Warren for 2016! (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, Unitary Moonbat

      Neil deGrasse Tyson is great.

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