I think it is time to "kill Big Bird"

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  1. targus

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    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday, Sen. Jim DeMint argued that if PBS, CPB, and Sesame Street can afford lavish salaries for their executives, then surely they have the money to survive as private, non-commercial broadcasters. (He doesn't even mention how people chipping in $25 to "save" shows like Sesame Street might feel misled if they saw the salary numbers.)

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-gr...means-taxpayer-help-isnt-needed#ixzz28iPIdMWA


    PBS President Paula Kerger $632,233 in annual compensation?

    President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison - $298,884 in reportable compensation and another $70,630 in other compensation?

    Kevin Klose, president emeritus of NPR - more than $1.2 million in compensation?

    Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513?

    Time to end this corporate welfare.
     
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    Hmm - that sure makes for different numbers. :)
     
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    Come on guys - we cannot make judgement until the Liberals have a chance to commet.

    Where is Billwald? and others......
     
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    Back in the 1970s, I noticed a subtle indoctrination of children on Sesame Street. Oh, yes, I was ridiculed, but Sesame Street definitely has a left leaning agenda.

    I have always thought it was time for Big Bird to meet a doom at taxpayer expense. My goodness, look at all of the products they get royalties from!!! That alone is to free them from our taxpayer funded corporate welfare. Let PBS participate in the free market like Disney and Pixel.
     
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    Really not that out of line considering the field.

    Keep PBS and NPR
     
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    Even if that is true - what is the justification for taxpayers footing the bill?
     
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    There is none. They will claim they fit the ideal of taxation in order to provide for the common good, but it fails. If these shows were popular and having an impact they would have the ratings, and support, necessary to survive on their own.

    BTW, none of us (including Romney) is calling for the killing of Big Bird. We just want them to pay their own way like everyone else should be doing.


    Yes, as was posted earlier, we need to cut corporate welfare.
     
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    Amen! :thumbsup:
     
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    Those puny salaries are not even chump change in the world of Corporate CEOs. :laugh:
     
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    But we're talking a non-profit that has "fund drives" regularly, crying that they need more money to keep the programming on your TV.
     
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    The big difference that Crabby pretends not to see is that these "puny salaries" are paid by OUR TAX DOLLARS...

    While corporate CEOs are paid from the profits of their own making.

    And here we again see Crabby supporting corporate welfare. :laugh:
     
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    True and ...............the following was in 2008 ... and even these are chump change in the world of big business CEOs.

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    Crabby tries to pretend that there is no difference between these non-profits and a corporation that gets money directly from our taxes.

    How dishonest can one person be?
     
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    Crabby - please pray tell - who wants to kill Big Bird?
     
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    I propose an IRS change that would cap ALL salaries plus benefits for ALL 501 corps including churches at 5 times federal minimum wage.
     
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    What would that be in real numbers for today?
     
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    On what legal basis?
     
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    OK - that would be $75,400. The median income in the zip code where our church is $92,822. That means that the pastor would be making $17,000 a year less than the median income of those he pastors.
     
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    Currently federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour. or around $73K/year. If capped at 5 times minmum wage in each state, in WA it would around $100K/year, two and a half times median wage. I could live nicely on that even with 5 kids at home.
     
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    How do you get $73k out of $7.25 an hour? $7.25 x 40 hours a week x 52 weeks a year and that is just $15k a year.
     

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