If PBS had it's funding cut what would we really be doing? The plainest answer is we'd be sacrificing education for a minute spending reduction and a redirection of funds to things we don't need. It goes further than that though. Characters like Big Bird are known across country and generations. PBS's own figures show that 91% of households tune in throughout the year and 81% of the nation's children watch PBS. PBS is more that just educational television, it's something people can share and identify with. It's part of the national spirit.
Oddly Gov. Romney may have done PBS a favor by threatening it during a presidential debate. PBS doesn't make a lot of noise most of the time. It does its job but generally doesn't grab the public's attention. The level of focus Gov. Romney gave to PBS by threatening to fire Big Bird is more publicity than the network could hope to generate on its own. Big Bird has a higher approval rating than the president and he's been around a good deal longer. Nobody wants to see Big Bird end up like his buddy Oscar. This unintentional bump should keep PBS in the public's eye a while longer. Looks like I owe Mr. Romney some grudging thanks for that at least.
Bajor is a recent alumni of California University of Pennsylvania with a passion for politics and a strong sense of civic obligation.