The federal government for decades has used taxpayer money to fund the Public Broadcasting System. PBS has always downplayed this. It makes it look as those “viewers like you” really means “taxpayers like you.”
In 2012, the government budgeted $445 million for Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports PBS. It also supports “All Things Considered,” the daily 90-mimute (or, if you’re lucky, 60-minute) FM-radio show that is run by FCC-subsidized non-profit ratio stations every afternoon.Without their grant of free spectrum, NPR and really bad Christian music shows would be off the air.
If the federal plug were pulled on this money, PBS would have to get by on voluntary donations. The idea of supporting liberal causes by voluntary donations is anathema to liberals, who do not trust the financial voluntarism of liberals. They trust the power of government, which they control. “We don’t need no stinking donations. We’ve got badges. We’ve also got guns.”
There is now a planned Million Muppet March on November 3. I somehow doubt that a million people will show up at the National Mall. It will be a good test case of liberal support for the PBS subsidy.
Romney has promised to end the subsidy to PBS. That promise is being used in an Internet video produced by the Obama campaign.
His threat triggered the idea for the Million Muppet March.
The actor who plays Big Bird is not part of the planned march.
The fact that a pair of pro-PBS citizens are calling for the march is a testimony to some men’s faith in the legitimacy of using badges and guns to fund their ideology and artistic tastes. The fact that this subsidy has gone on for decades is a testimony to the faith of millions of voters in the power of government to take money from groups who do not support specific projects in order to use this money to support those projects.
Big Bird is a symbol of this compulsory wealth transfer. Because he is loved by millions, people with a liberal agenda operate in his large shadow. They produce the other PBS shows.
Congress says: “Maybe you don’t like Big Bird, buddy. We don’t much care. The IRS has badges. It has guns. You’re going to support every Left-wing show that PBS broadcasts.”
Then there are the politically conservative PBS shows.
There must be. Somewhere.
Did you ever notice that during fund-raising week, the local PBS TV stations never run the liberal PBS shows. They run 1950s rock and roll revival concerts. They know better than to run the liberal shows.