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Mitt Romney likes Bird Bird -- BUT Mitt Romney is going to fire him anyways ...

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In the last debate, Mitt Romney said as much -- that he likes being able to fire Big Bird (PBS's Jim Lehrer too). And the "awe shucks" way he said that, kind makes you think Mitt's given that see-ya-later speech more than just a few times before in his wealth reallocation career. Hah, hah, ha.

Mitt Romney loves Big Bird, will kill funding for him anyway

by Robin Abcarian, -- Oct 3, 2012

Then, looking at moderator Lehrer, Romney said, “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS…. I like PBS, I love Big Bird -- I actually like, you too -- but I am not going to keep spending money on things [we have] to borrow money from China to pay for.”

Why do Republicans, including now Mitt Romney, absolutely hate Public broadcasting so much?

Could it be they are not as really "fair and balanced" as they like to pretend they are -- when it comes to getting all sides of a story?  Or promoting and protecting "free speech" from ALL civil points of view?

Mitt Romney Declares “War” On PBS, NPR, NEH, NEA, and Amtrak -- Sep 29, 2012

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has declared “war” on knowledge and learning, by his statements that he will, if elected President, move to eliminate funding for PBS, National Public Radio, the National Endowment For The Humanities, and the National Endowment For The Arts.

He also would eliminate Amtrak, a transportation system that benefits the “hated” Northeast part of the country, the most educated part of the nation!

All of this together would save a pittance, just a total of $2 billion, a “drop in the bucket”, with a multiple trillion dollar budget annually, while at the same time wishing to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy, even though that has not created new jobs, as conservatives have said would be the result!

Even if Republicans got their way and could eliminate these 5 socially-enhancing programs -- they'd save only "drop in the bucket" -- the Federal Spending budget.  

SOOO, it's not really the money borrowed from China they'd save -- SO, what is it?  

Perhaps it's because these are public-strengthening institutions -- that they as conservatives, are unable to easily craft, coerce, or control?

Perhaps it's because an educated and socially-aware populous -- is the biggest threat to their own narrow-minded, self-centered points of views?

Public Broadcasting Targeted By House

by Paul Farhi, Washington Post Staff Writer -- June 10, 2005

A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."

In addition, the subcommittee acted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- which passes federal funds to public broadcasters -- starting with a 25 percent reduction in CPB's budget for next year, from $400 million to $300 million.

"Americans overwhelmingly see public broadcasting as an unbiased information source," Rep. David Obey (Wis.), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, said in a statement. "Perhaps that's what the GOP finds so offensive about it. Republican leaders are trying to bring every facet of the federal government under their control… Now they are trying to put their ideological stamp on public broadcasting."

Fair warning Republicans:  When you go after Big Bird -- you are messing with the very fabric of Americans' sense of "fair play."  And just because Americans are forgiving -- doesn't mean you can walk all over our meager and earned public services -- and expect to get away with it, electorally unscathed.

Mitt if you mess with Big Bird -- you are messing with US -- ALL of us hopeless, helpless worker bees -- that you love to exploit ... from your quiet Job Creator rooms.

Obama, Romney Differ Over Jobs Report at Virginia Events -- Oct 5, 2012

In Fairfax, Va., Obama embraced the public television icon.

“So for all you moms and kids out there, don’t worry -- someone is finally getting tough on Big Bird,” he quipped. “Rounding him up. Elmo has got to watch out, too. Gov. Romney plans to let Wall Street run wild again, but he’s going to bring down the hammer on ‘Sesame Street.’  It makes perfect sense.”

So there you go -- Mitt Romney will crack on Sesame Street like a ton of brick -- but then look the other way again, when it comes to the regulation the Casino on Wall Street ... (Mitt's old schoolyard playground).

How soon Republicans forget -- forget what their Trickle-down policies have already done to America. And now they want to blame their own debt -- on some "drop in bucket" newly-coined Government Trickle-down programs.  

Why the Republicans Hate NPR

Robert Creamer, -- March 18, 2011

Thirty-three million people listen each day to NPR affiliate stations, and some 27 million tune into at least one program distributed by National Public Radio.

NPR's long-form news shows -- that actually explore issues in all of their depth and complexity -- are very popular with huge segments of the American public. And they are available to everyone. The network is especially popular with baby boomers and Americans with higher levels of education. But it is has ardent fans in every part of the population and every section of the country. In fact, 99% of Americans have access to an NPR affiliate.

First, they hate any successful public sector -- non-corporate venture. It flies in the face of radical conservative belief that the "private sector" always does things better.

Second, the Republicans hate the idea that NPR is drawing listeners from stations owned by corporations like Clear Channel. They are all about "competition" until private corporations have to compete with public sector ventures that can provide superior services for less money and don't have to pay millions in profits to satisfy their corporate task masters.

NPR is all about maximizing the quality of the news coverage for its own sake.

Those are some very good reasons why Republicans, including now Mitt Romney, absolutely hate PBS.

I'd add one more reason why -- why Republicans often resort to waging rhetorical war on things like Big Bird, and Amtrak, and Planned Parenthood, and Food Stamps, and pre-school "Head Start" assistance.

-- it's because such indignant micro-managment discussions serve as major distractions from their own "unaccountable spending track records" ... China has nothing to do with -- given their party's long history of Credit Card spending benders ...

Mitt Romney loves Big Bird, will kill funding for him anyway

by Robin Abcarian, -- Oct 3, 2012

“When I walked into the Oval Office,” said Obama, “I had more than a trillion-dollar deficit greeting me. And we know where it came from:  two wars that were paid for on a credit card, two tax cuts that were not paid for, and a whole bunch of programs that were not paid for, and then a massive economic crisis.”

Hey fiscally incompetent GOP Faux-Misers -- Meet Mirror.

Because if there's one thing that Republicans are pros at -- it's blaming others for their own irresponsible spending behavior.

If anyone needs the basic Math skills taught daily on programs like 'Sesame Street' -- it's them -- the Party of the Mathematically-challenged.

The Say-Anything, Do-Nothing, Charge-Everything Republican party.

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  •  Mitt Romney does have (9+ / 0-)

    a long history of being able to Fire People,

    and otherwise tilt the scales in his favor ...

    The Story of Bain is hitting Home
    by jamess -- Jun 09, 2012

    If Mitt Romney wins, the middle class loses.
    by jamess -- Jun 23, 2012

    SOOO when Romney WAS at Bain, there was NO Outsourcing, right? -- Wrong!
    by jamess -- Jul 15, 2012

    What is Mitt Hiding?  Episode 37
    by jamess -- Jul 23, 2012

    Welcome to the world of Co-investing -- the Bain Capital way
    by jamess -- Jul 18, 2012

    "Back in my private equity days ..."
    by jamess -- Oct 02, 2012

    The Romney Campaign continues to Correct the Candidate's Many Misstatements
    by jamess -- Oct 05, 2012

    In Mitt's world, running-over Big Bird -- is peanuts!

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    by jamess on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 01:57:13 PM PDT

  •  The word Public (10+ / 0-)

    Is Satanic to Republican ears, which includes the word "public" hence their insanity. See standard dictionary definition:


    a : exposed to general view : open
    b : well-known, prominent
    c : perceptible, material
    a : of, relating to, or affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state
    b : of or relating to a government
    c : of, relating to, or being in the service of the community or nation
    a : of or relating to people in general : universal
    b : general, popular
    : of or relating to business or community interests as opposed to private affairs : social
    : devoted to the general or national welfare : humanitarian
    a : accessible to or shared by all members of the community
    b : capitalized in shares that can be freely traded on the open market —often used with go
    : supported by public funds and private contributions rather than by income from commercials (public radio, public television)
    All these commie words in there like community, welfare, service, people ...

    They should just get it over with and rename their party, Reprivators, or go for total honesty and become the Privatized Predator Party.

    The dirty little secret of American politics: There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs. ~ C.Hedges

    by cosmic debris on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:06:14 PM PDT

    •  perhap they should (4+ / 0-)

      actually read that Constitution that they so-often claim

      to hold in such high-esteem:

      Yes, let's get back to that Constitution, shall we?
      by jamess -- Jan 23, 2012

      The Constitution instructs us to raise Taxes to provide for the general welfare, and to provide for numerous public services ...

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      by jamess on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:20:59 PM PDT

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    •  Republicans think that the prefic 're' (3+ / 0-)
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      is short for rex and refers to their preferance for royal rule by kings that are appointed, rather than designated by their DNA. Elected rulers are better, especially now that they are term limited, since that gives more people an opportunity to sit on the throne for a time.
      Since Jesus Christ specifically rejected an earthly kingdom, that gives a secular king that much more credibility. Kings are also useful as something to motivate the flock.  How can they be inspired to strive, if there's no top to be aiming for?
      If one assumes that humans lack personal initiative, then a hierarchical society is a necessity and a hierarchical society fits nicely with people who want to be able to tell others what to do.
      As for Romney, I think he was just promising his cronies something at the same time he was sticking it to Lehrer. Lehrer had to be intimidated so he wouldn't rein Romney in and appear to be retaliating for the threat. Romney gave Lehrer a reason to be resentful and then counted on his self-restraint not to act on it and let him get away with being a lout.
      When people see other people being abused, their first impulse is to get out of the way and be glad it's not them. Abusers count on that reaction.  Then by the time people are angry, they are gone. Willard did a hit and run. Typical cowardly behavior for his ilk.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:21:26 PM PDT

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      •  It's DNA (1+ / 0-)
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        protecting their deficient offspring against the general rabble.  For centuries they've done everything to protect their dull DNA from the humans who may excel.  Conceding education to humans that will inevitably exceed their witless offspring would clearly endanger their progeny.  Keeping truly gifted children from getting an education is critical to these sociopaths.  No other reasonable answer to why they wouldn't want to encourage all human brains. How much has the human race lost due to the one ten of one percent intentionally preventing  children from reaching their potential?  It's DNA.  

  •  They hate PBS because that dirty (8+ / 0-)

    leftist Richard Nixon was in the White House when it started. Grrr. Dirty Leftwing leftist Richard Nixon. Commie.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:06:14 PM PDT

  •  and the war over basic values! (4+ / 0-)
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    Sesame Street teaches kids that it's good to be kind, and it's good to play fair.  

    Those values are diametrically opposite the "greed is good" crowd and their predatory ethic.  

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:08:29 PM PDT

    •  It's a symbol (4+ / 0-)
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      of what we stand for,

      and what they detest.

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      by jamess on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:14:54 PM PDT

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      •  More than a symbol--shows like "Sesame Street" (2+ / 0-)
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        actually help to "level the playing field" for disadvantaged kids by introducing them to numbers & the alphabet--the kind of things that working-2-jobs single parents have neither time nor energy nor (in all likelihood) the training to do.

        And that's something those soulless bastards can't allow. Your ability to succeed in their alternate-universe ideal society should be determined solely by your (or your parents') bank balance & your connections.* These people think, Why the hell should I pay the government to train the kids of people who don't look/sound/act like me so they can compete with my kids?

        Romney went after Big Bird by design--"Sesame Street" is one of those institutions that reduce the (un)natural advantage that families like his have always had.

        ---- ----
        * All unregulated capitalism beyond a certain point is crony capitalism. Horatio Alger's poor-boy-makes-good novels all hinge on an industrious young fellow being noticed by a rich man who then becomes his mentor & patron. By-your-bootstraps stuff it ain't...but that's probably a subject for another diary.

        Fuck the mythical “moral high ground”. There’s plenty of time to shower after the election. (h/t danah gaz (fka gaz) @ Balloon-Juice)

        by Uncle Cosmo on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 04:40:15 PM PDT

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  •  You nailed it jamess. PBS and NPR dare to look (3+ / 0-)
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    at both sides of issues with in depth disussions that go way beyond the sound bites that the commercial stations waste so much time on.  In the process, the lies coming from the right are often exposed. They can't allow that to continue.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:15:25 PM PDT

  •  Sesame Street was an openly diverse, multicultural (4+ / 0-)
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    educational program. It was targeted specifically at lower income urban preschoolers. It was publicly funded and did not sell sugary cereal or junk food to children. And it was a big success.

    If the conservatives could have banned it, they would have.

    Too late now, you evil mf's. Big Bird Lives!

    Non-profit single payer health care. Next question?

    by terran on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:26:19 PM PDT

  •  They hate PBS for the same reason they hate Romney (2+ / 0-)
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    Listen closely.  This is important.  They hate elite intellectual people that don't love Honey Boo Boo and stock car derbies.  Do you think Bush wore those cowboy boots for his arches?  A guy who is afraid of horses?  

    The base the Republicans want to get out to vote suspect anybody who cherishes PBS.  PBS is gay or intellectual or socialist or atheist or something, but whatever it is, they know it's not Dukes of Hazzard.

    Mitt was trying to redeem his tarnished image as an upper class Mr. Howell with a car elevator, went to Cranbrook Academy, and has a wife with an expensive dressage horse who talks down to people.  Attacking PBS was good GOTV strategy.

  •  Because if the masses are educated, (5+ / 0-)
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    then it's a lot tougher for them to spread disinformation and run off with all the money.
    This is why they want to privitize everything, so they can have an unsupervised setting to push their own agenda.
    I seem to recall a kerfuffle about some textbooks in Texas not long ago. That's not the first time that's happened, nor will it be the last.
    The bigwigs want an uneducated class of sheeple who will not question their insanity.

    Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

    by Icicle68 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:35:05 PM PDT

  •  Because Sesame Street ironically (4+ / 0-)
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    humanizes by using Muppets to show how we need to be tolerant and be compassionate toward other people.


    Just in case you needed another sign we’re still in a recession, Sesame Street is set to unveil a new impoverished puppet, whose family faces an ongoing struggle with hunger issues ‘Lily’ was designed to teach kids about such issues and will be revealed in a one-hour Sesame Street primetime special.

    And the Conservatives freaked:


      Bolling ...accused Sesame Street of getting pretty political, Juan Williams told Bolling that he was over the top, and he asked, “I get it, and boy, take this in the right way here, but are we singling out a poverty stricken little girl? Does my son need to see that? My little boy need to see that’s going on. You don’t single out other groups. You don’t single out the little gay Muppet, or the little black Muppet, or the little Hispanic Muppet do you? No, there are intertwined in the ensemble.” Williams pointed out that the hungry child serves a real purpose. The new Muppet talks about the reality for millions of children in America who go hungry every day.

        Bolling then brought in Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus and said, “I’m waiting for them to come out and have like this evil Republican or tea partier that they are going to blame Lily’s poverty on.” Jacobus said, “Well, I think so, and if you don’t speak out against their political agenda that’s probably what will happen. Look, it is up to the parents to explain some of the more difficult aspects of life to their children when they feel the time is appropriate, and one of things we do as taxpayer to make sure we don’t have children who go hungry is we have the school lunch program, the school breakfast program, and in some cases the after school snack that we do. We have a lot of programs, so that while it’s not always a great situation we do have some protections in place, and I think it’s not appropriate for PBS and Sesame Street to take it upon themselves to give these more difficult lessons of life to little children.”

    Often, the human cast provide guidance and wisdom, but Muppets allow for exploration of issues that (in theory) might be difficult to accept in human cast members. A young human cast member who is homeless would be very difficult for parents to accept. But a homeless Muppet is a vehicle for parents to sit down and have a conversation with their children about compassion and the need to understand how some of the child's peers may be living lives different from him. It also allows homeless children who are able to watch TV to see that they're not only acceptable but valuable members of society.

    All of these messages are diametrically opposed to the Conservative's dogma. Being weak is not acceptable. People who are struggling are supposed to be ignored, not helped. And for God's sake, don't show my child that  life might be difficult!  America is Exceptional!

    © grover

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    by grover on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:44:09 PM PDT

    •  And this doesn't just apply to Lily. (2+ / 0-)
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      Oscar is a grouch, but he is esteemed by his cohorts. Cookie is a glutton, but the others love him. Bert and Ernie are a goofy pair, but they adore each other.  The Count should be a scary vampire. But he is charming -- far more than the cold shimmery Edward Cullen.

      Me, grover? I make many mistakes. I've spilled food on my customers. I talk too loud in the library. I often destroy things by accident. But I have many friends.

      Sesame Street is the best place to live. Everyone accepts us exactly as we are, faults and all.

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      by grover on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:48:39 PM PDT

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    •  those socialist (2+ / 0-)
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      humanizing, value-teaching,

      civil-society-building engineers!

      How dare they!?

      dare they teach "human compassion" ... to the least among us.

      Oh the nerve.

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      by jamess on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:53:35 PM PDT

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      •  I know. (2+ / 0-)
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        Sesame Street teaches us not only how  to count but more importantly that people count.

        Destroy it at once!

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        by grover on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:56:54 PM PDT

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  •  I think they just hate (3+ / 0-)
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    anything that isn't owned by a billionaire.  

    I just genetically engineer them, I don't nominate them for President.

    by happymisanthropy on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:46:23 PM PDT

  •  I also think he may have brought that up just to (1+ / 0-)
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    throw some red meat to the haters in his base. Which means he  knows how unhappy and demoralized they are with him. But I don't think firing Big Bird is going to win him many undecideds and is far more likely to chase them away. Just one more example of how incompetent his whole team is.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:52:16 PM PDT

  •  Because they hate America. (1+ / 0-)
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    Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

    by Troubadour on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 02:57:46 PM PDT

  •  Anything that helps Americans. (2+ / 0-)
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    Republicans hate it.

    If Conservatism was so great you would think they could find a sane person to represent it. Since the only people who represent it seem to be insane. I'm waiting for the day conservatism is labeled a mental illness

    by SharksBreath on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:01:09 PM PDT

  •  Relax, Big Bird ain't goin' nowhere. (1+ / 0-)
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    Willard doesn't want to eliminate PBS, just cut its government subsidy. That way they'll have to go to Big Biz for their funding and their message can be more tightly controlled since they won't want to criticize their donors. It's the same way commercial TeeVee is kept in line by its advertisers. The process is already 75% complete, by the way. Look at who funds the News Hour, for example, or Nova. It's sponsored by the David Koch foundation. That's why you won't see a lot of Nova specials on climate change.

    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:01:10 PM PDT

    •  I suspect (1+ / 0-)
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      it's a perpetual political football

      -- which the Gophers just fumbled.

      I'm just trying to pick it up, and run with it.

      It's a great crystallizing meme, to illustrate the stark contrasts between parties.

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      by jamess on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:05:00 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, and (1+ / 0-)
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      they want Big Bird covered with decals so he looks like he's wearing a NASCAR driver's fire suit.

      If you can't be exploited for a buck, you ain't shit to these right wing creeps.

      I like to fire people. Heck, I even like to fire big birds...What's that? Jim Lehrer doesn't work for me? I coulda swore....

      by ebrann on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 05:54:08 PM PDT

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  •  Gotta keep the lid on those liberal leaning facts! (1+ / 0-)
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    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:03:06 PM PDT

  •  Actually, the title of this diary could be (2+ / 0-)
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    Why Do Republicans Hate?

    These are the most miserable, hateful, vengeful, selfish and materialistic bunch of people in my memory.

    They hate public broadcasting because it actually educates people, particularly young children, and education and knowledge is contrary to the Republic anti-fact, critical thinking way that they see society.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:06:48 PM PDT

  •  They hate PBS... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... because they think Sesame Street gives kids teh gay.

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

    by Triscula on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:14:25 PM PDT

  •  I would... (1+ / 0-)
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    ..speculate one reason the right hates PBS is because they once tried to commandeer PBS & turn it into a Christian fundamentalist station, much in the vein of FOX News except more of a platform aimed at disseminating cultural propaganda.

    I'm not going to take time to search around & see if my speculation is accurate.

    I am just basing this guess on the right wing proclivity of casting a hateful smear campaign against anything they are unable to dominate and absorb.

    FOX News = where David Axelrod spends his every Sunday morning legitimizing the illegitimate.

    by wyvern on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:17:20 PM PDT

    •  it does seem (1+ / 0-)
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      the Fundie persuasion,

      does disrespect opposing points of view.

      Funny that they love America so much,

      since America that accepts all views.

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      by jamess on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:22:29 PM PDT

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      •  They don't... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...disrespect opposing points of view.

        They wage war against opposing points of view.

        My gut feeling tells me if anybody is willing to do the research, they would discover a past instance where the right tried to hijack PBS.

        But since the hijacking was a failure, they have waged war on PBS ever since.

        Sorry, but just don't have the energy to do that research right now.

        I am just going with a detective's instinct of using a perpetrator's history of prior acts to reach a logical conclusion about what the perpetrator is doing in the present.

        FOX News = where David Axelrod spends his every Sunday morning legitimizing the illegitimate.

        by wyvern on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:30:01 PM PDT

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        •  as I recall they had a victory with content (0+ / 0-)

          at NPR -- by installing an Ombudsman board of 3 to per-approve all stories.

          2 of the 3 could not be liberal, as I recall.

          As a result NPR content has been con-favorable, ever since.

          Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
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          by jamess on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:34:32 PM PDT

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  •  They hate a mythical beast (1+ / 0-)
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    They have invested it, like an empty chair, with imaginary qualities. They have not listened/watched; and would not consider ever doing so. They "know" that it is a broadcast medium that feeds liberal socialist values to effete, merlot sipping, arugual eating occupants of Marxist ivory towers.

    " can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:10:48 PM PDT

  •  Why? The answers are clear. (1+ / 0-)
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    You answered your own question:

    Perhaps it's because an educated and socially-aware populous -- is the biggest threat to their own narrow-minded, self-centered points of view?
    Truth has a liberal bias. Facts have a liberal bias. Knowledge has a liberal bias. Republicans depend for their success on being able to successfully lie to an ignorant public that is incapable of thinking critically.

    Republicans look over at Europe and they shudder. Europeans today are far, far better educated and better informed than Americans. My Swedish friends know more about American politics and the various policy issues under discussion than the wingnuts who say Obama (a more conservative president than Richard Nixon) is a Communist. A party with the GOP's agenda would be on the lunatic fringe in any European country.

    And Robert Creamer added another piece:

    First, they hate any successful public sector -- non-corporate venture. It flies in the face of radical conservative belief that the "private sector" always does things better.
    This one captures their overall agenda. They also hate Social Security. And Medicare. And the Post Office. And all other competent public services.

    They hate these because they work. And because they work, they provide some justification for taxation.

    The case against Assange debunked:

    by expatjourno on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 11:28:28 PM PDT

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