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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post

    I am fine with making cuts to programs (like PBS. With so much other programming and 6 million networks, why do we need to fund them?)
    That's fine if you can afford cable/satellite. Many people can't. For those people, and I'd imagine many have kids, PBS is one of the few channels that is free over the air (AKA with an antenna). The programming is commercial-free and educational, and earlier this year PBS Kids launched a 24-hour channel, also free over the air.

    But hey, I'm sure Mexico will be more than willing to pay for the wall! *sarcasm
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    Like I said, I don't care about the government cutting funding for PBS.
    Not having cable TV or any TV isn't life threatening.

    I'm fine with my taxpayer dollars being spent on food.

    Go watch TV at your friend's house.
    Good grief, is there no end to what we "need" to pay for?

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    Didn't Sesame Street move to hbo???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    Like I said, I don't care about the government cutting funding for PBS.
    Not having cable TV or any TV isn't life threatening.

    I'm fine with my taxpayer dollars being spent on food.

    Go watch TV at your friend's house.
    Good grief, is there no end to what we "need" to pay for?
    As a nation we are entitled to receive high quality television entertainment. And free Angry Birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiftOfFlavor View Post
    As a nation we are entitled to receive high quality television entertainment. And free Angry Birds.
    Apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    Like I said, I don't care about the government cutting funding for PBS.
    Not having cable TV or any TV isn't life threatening.

    I'm fine with my taxpayer dollars being spent on food.

    Go watch TV at your friend's house.
    Good grief, is there no end to what we "need" to pay for?
    Welcome to liberalism/progressivism.
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    I guess people who don't want to pay for PBS are perfectly happy with paying for Trump to take his entourage to Mar-a-Lago every weekend? And for the Secret Service to pay rent to Trump for a floor at Trump Tower to protect Melania?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiftOfFlavor View Post
    Didn't Sesame Street move to hbo???
    They moved to HBO, because PBS provides less funding than in the past. Less than 10 percent of some such. With HBO they get more funding to provide more and better programs, and they still provide the episodes to PBS free of charge after 9 months.

    I grew up on Sesame Street. I grew up in a city that closely resembled Sesame Street, which as a kid was pretty neat, it was specifically geared towards inner city lower income kids. I can't deny I have a soft spot for PBS programming.

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    Sesame Workshop has annual revenues of $121M dollars. A very small portion is from government support. PBS likes it because it brings in money for other things. Somehow, I think they'll survive. And, I bet some over the air network would love having them.

    Unlike when Sesame Street started, there are other venues for quality children's and educational programming.

    Bottom line, everyone complains how big and bloated the federal government is. How much redundancy there is and how the deficit is a major problem. Yet, the minute anything is considered being cut, it's a major catastrophe.

    It would be great if each agency went through with a scalpel and a bottom-up approach was used to do actual cuts. But, they aren't rewarded for doing that. So, we end up with sequesters and budgets that cut top-down with a meat axe.

    As for cable/Internet access for those who can't afford it, the companies provide low cost options. And, we are taxed on our bills for a federal program specifically designed to provide access. The argument for OTA is fading quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stellarfeller View Post
    I guess people who don't want to pay for PBS are perfectly happy with paying for Trump to take his entourage to Mar-a-Lago every weekend? And for the Secret Service to pay rent to Trump for a floor at Trump Tower to protect Melania?
    Nope. That's all bullshit too.

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