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Elizabeth Summers: Don’t like Romney’s stance on PBS

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 2:47 pm

I don’t normally weigh in on political matters, but Mitt Romney crossed the line last week when he said he planned to eliminate funding for Public Broadcast Television.

Growing up, my siblings and I were introduced to such great characters that became teachers of sorts for us.

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  • tomcryar posted at 10:02 pm on Thu, Oct 18, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    truthdoesn'thurt......you're lucky, and you should consider yourself that way...The bush's put in place, a plan which would bankrupt this country, with no consideration to the people, and Obama has tried to right the wrongs.I will vote for a guy who cares about the American people 100% more than a guy who caes only about furthering his own riches...

     
  • Truthurts posted at 9:46 pm on Wed, Oct 17, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    BTW tom i actually agreed 100% on one of your post on another topic post. You actually surprised me for once..

     
  • Truthurts posted at 8:48 pm on Wed, Oct 17, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    @ tomcryar posted at 10:14 pm on Tue, Oct 16, 2012.

    Things are very good here Tom, Matter of fact the best it has ever been as far as work and wage earning for me. But i can grant you it wasn't Barry's policies and legislation that has gotten me at my current wage. My employer has rewarded me with several raises over last 10+ years of service due to my performance even though we had a layoff not long ago. Being the only factory certified technician in the north half of the state, and my vast knowledge of industrial equipment, i am a valuable asset to the company. I am often told thank you by my employer and given gifts throughout the year. I am a team player at work and i don't have the gimme 8 and go home attitude either. My days are long and as long as i am performing well, i am rewarded with perks. I make above average wage compared to most jobs on Sand Mountain but i perform and make my company money. I love my job and it's the best job i have ever had by far. Government did not create my job or pays my salary. I am blessed to be one of the lucky few laborers that has a demand in my work field and is able to get a raise during this stagnant job growth period. The job growth rate will sky rocket soon due to holiday season and part time work. Hopefully these people will be able to scrounge up enough to provide a decent holiday season for their families. As always i donate to the Toys for Tots and food banks. Tom i have no reason to look back except to a time my health was better and wished i had taken better care of these getting older bones. I average over 50 + hrs a week and its more than i want but on the other hand i am thankful i am in demand. As far as your choice in cigars, i say each his own. I am a pipe smoker myself and my favorite packing is Peterson De Luxe Mixture.

     
  • tomcryar posted at 11:01 pm on Tue, Oct 16, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    As for your reference, truthhurts, I apprecaiate a good cigar, but I prefer Arganese Cafe Dominicana, because I get caffeine and nicotine in one shot, plus it tastes good.

     
  • tomcryar posted at 10:14 pm on Tue, Oct 16, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    truthhurts, it's a very acrymonious apology, because I know from where it comes. You, and people like you, want to see things turned back to the old days when everything was good for you, but you miss, entirely, the fact that there are things taking shape, that will better this country, but you're so stuck in the mindset of the past, that you can't see forward.

     
  • Truthurts posted at 11:29 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    Well i appologize Tom that was in April of '09 and he was to cut it from the budget. He managed to remove 1/4 of a penny from a pile of 10,000 pennies...........Wooooooo Hooooooooo!! Give that man a Carlito Fuente!

     
  • Truthurts posted at 11:09 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    Now now Tom that hurt! He didn't state he was going to cut 100m? I appologize if i am wrong. Let me recheck ..perhaps i was mistaken.

     
  • tomcryar posted at 9:58 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    truthhurts, when do you think your mis-information, and outright lies will justify your being?

     
  • Truthurts posted at 9:46 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    @ Hillbilly7735 posted at 12:47 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    And just think Barry's big 2008 campaign thing was how he was going to cut 100 million from the deficit. Mere pocket change compared to 30 billion ey?

     
  • tomcryar posted at 9:41 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    hilbilly wrote: "I am only 35, and have been paying FICA (that's Social Security for those who have never seen a paycheck) since I was 14. I'll never see a dime of Social Security, " Ummmm, what? You're young enough that when you were "14" you weren't allowed to work, much less pay into social security.

     
  • Hillbilly7735 posted at 12:47 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    Hillbilly7735 Posts: 5

    I never watched much Sesame Street as a kid. We only had a VHF TV antenna, and on most days, we could not get reception from the local PBS station. Cable TV was not, and still is not, available where I grew up. Satelite TV was a big deal, with what at the time, must have been a big price tag, because when my sister and I begged for a dish, Dad told us that we just couldn't afford it. We talked about our friends who could, and my Dad would say, that's great for them, but we have to live within our means. I remember that we never owned a brand new car, and we had family that would buy a new car once every couple years. Dad would always talk about how they would never be out of debt, because they never kept anything long enough to pay for it. Now my Dad was a Democrat ( the national party would call him a Southern Democrat), but he claimed to be a Democrat nontheless, and I was raised that way. Over the years, I have watched politics change tremendously, and I now more or less associate myself with the Republican Party. I still think about living within means, and the importance of paying off debt for the sake of a stable future when time comes where I may not be able to work. I am only 35, and have been paying FICA (that's Social Security for those who have never seen a paycheck) since I was 14. I'll never see a dime of Social Security, and I am thankful to have a job with a retirement that will hopefully still be there when that time comes. I think it's time to start living within our means, and to pay off some debt. PBS has some great shows, and I am sure they would do just fine on any other network which is not government funded. As far as the comment about PBS consuming less than 1% of the 3 trillion dollar national budget. Keep in mind that 1% of 3 trillion, is 30 billion dollars. That won't fix the problem alone, but change has to start somewhere.

     
  • Buffalo posted at 3:56 pm on Sun, Oct 14, 2012.

    Buffalo Posts: 422

    Lockweed is funny. Please don’t stop posting weed, your intellect is part of a lost political party and I may need reminding from time to time just how ignorant people can be. [yawn]

     
  • Buffalo posted at 8:06 pm on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Buffalo Posts: 422

    [sleeping]

     
  • hopsnbarley posted at 5:29 pm on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    hopsnbarley Posts: 40

    Truth is if I made $250,000, $400,000, $1 million per year, I'd want to pay as little in taxes as I could. And you're a liar if you say different. Ask Sherry, her husband at one point was knocking down some pretty sweat loot, until 2008. I bet he wishes he'd paid a little less in taxes. But then again, he did. That's why he's seeing all the liens being placed against his business. Of course that may be the problem. Anyway, you guys have a cold beer and relax. After R/R are elected this whole entitlement mess of this socialist regime is done. Wealth redistribution is whack! [whistling]

     
  • Truthurts posted at 3:08 pm on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    @ Buffalo posted at 10:24 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Here are some hard numbers for you.

    A 2010 study showed the following: PBS should go it alone!

    Top 1% of money earners made 18% of the national income and paid 27% in taxes. Middle class people ( 58,000 to 85,00 range) made 13% of national income and paid 9% in taxes. While those who made less than 36,000 made 4% of national income and paid less than 1% in taxes. How much more should the rich pay and how much less should the middle class and poor pay. It's not right to gouge the rich and give even more cuts to the middle class and poor. Btw the poor families get back more in tax refunds via tax breaks and credits than most middle class do. Until those that free load and does not start paying their fair share, the g'vmt needs to cut all funding on " feel good " programs this includes Big Bird's home of PBS, and others such as NASA tv, NPR, AD council, ect. It boils down to math Buffalo. If the middle class and poor gets more tax breaks then the tax rate for the rich will have to go up as you can't pull money out of your rear end. And this isnt right unless you have a redistribution mentality. Well..........do you?

     
  • Buffalo posted at 10:24 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Buffalo Posts: 422

    I want the working families and the poor of this country to get a tax break not the corporate CEO’s. But we do agree on one thing Truth, Ms. S, hasn’t your name been published by this paper enough??? [yawn]

     
  • Truthurts posted at 12:58 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    @ SherryS posted at 7:02 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    Find a column that discusses the death of the embassador. This ones about big bird![offtopic]

     
  • Truthurts posted at 12:38 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    @ Buffalo posted at 4:04 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    Well Buffalo I am also honored that i don't have a redistribution of wealth mentality as you do. If a Boeing exec wants a Ferrari then a Ferrari he should have.....have some fun and get 2 of them. What gets me is people like you who think that the rich should just hand over money to the lazy scum that ride entitlement programs. The way i see it if the lazies in this world wants some, then they need to work some. What business is it of yours who makes what as long as they aren't getting bailout money. Tell you the truth Buffalo if i could, i would buy 2 yachts, 3 summer homes and blow my money away on vacations to my summer homes. I might even go all out and have a Veyron at each summer house and let the guest drive the Ferraris. I would spend the stew out of it before i would give it to some mooch. I would probably rub it in the face ofthose who are too freaking lazy to help themselves. But people like you loves hand outs and expect it. Move to a socialist country and bath in it. I have no problem helping out those who have no money due to circumstances beyond their control.The handout lazies are already getting Barry phones ( thats the 3 dollar universal charge you see on your cell phone bill unless you got a Barry phone), free cable, food stamps, free health care, free TV sets and the list goes on and on. I just love the thought of having to go to work and support some family i dont even know that has these luxuries and are riding the system. Today i still feel like a genius and tomorrow i can expect no less. Heres you another sparkling new Darwin Award. Only the best for the most deserving. I sincerily mean it also.

     
  • CaptainJack posted at 6:27 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    CaptainJack Posts: 86

    I'm very much a conservative, but I do not support cutting funding to PBS.

     
  • Buffalo posted at 4:04 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    Buffalo Posts: 422

    Well Truth I am honored, your wit and charm is overwhelming. I suppose we should all just return to the last rebub agenda that brought along this mess anyways. To heck with Big Bird! Those Boeing CEO’s need more Ferrari’s in their third summer home on Cape Cod. The heck with free broadcast education for the poor children and let’s give the hedge fund managers huge tax breaks so they can buy yet another yacht in Morocco! It worked so well the last time a rebub was president, let’s do it again. That trickle down thingy, that’s not what you think. [love]

     
  • tomcryar posted at 11:01 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    jrp said: "I don't know Ms. Summers' political leanings, but it sounds like she is your typical liberal media talking head. Our country is facing much larger problems than funding for PBS. Truth is, we are facing such a huge deficit (thanks primarily to Obama and his spend-spend-spend mentality) that there will need to be across-the-board cuts in all areas of government. There is no easy fix to this problem." Yes, it was Obama who gave all the tax cuts to the rich, and then started a trillion-dollar war, complete with government subsidized contractors who also made millions....

     
  • tomcryar posted at 10:50 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    Thank you, Brandy. PBS serves a purpose, and I am for Obama, but I think it's purely an intentional distraction played by romney-the-rich. Under Obama, PBS has already been cut, but no one on the republican side will say that.....I appreciate very much many of the programs, but within the last 2 years, they have run commercials, and spend more time with their pledge drives, than they do with actual programming. I am unconcerned about how little the federal government gives to them-----it's time to make them for-profit, and see which stations stand or go. I'm really tired of tuning in to watch this old house, or another, only to find out it's the 30th rerun they've aired because they can't afford any new shows. When they spend 2 1/2 weeks out of every month soliciting for contributions, it gets very tiresome.

     
  • SherryS posted at 7:02 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    SherryS Posts: 53

    I'm not trying to be disrespectful - but seriously??? We just had an ambassador and 3 other American's killed in a terrorist attack and we are still talking about big bird??!!!!
    Time for big bird to swim or get out of the water.

     
  • gewego posted at 12:39 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    gewego Posts: 1

    I like Sesame Street....watched it when my kids were growing up. I don't deny PBS may have many worthwhile programs. I'm not advocating they go off the air....only that they become self supporting like the rest of us. And, they have the ability to do just that. So give me a break and tell them to get off their BIG BIRD and pay their own way. Did you know the American Red Cross ( a much larger organization) doesn't get one dollar from the Government. They are funded by the American people through donations. Why? Because they have a product worth supporting.

     
  • 2012auburn posted at 9:12 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    2012auburn Posts: 13

    the taxpayers shouldnt be paying for sesame street or any other tv show. nothing agains them but i agree with romney, and by the way he was only using them as an EXAMPLE (because jim lehrer was the moderator and he is pbs) . the country is in a MESS and we can start by cutting out wasteful spending. sesame street for example i'm sure can fund themselves just by their merchandise sales alone!

     
  • Truthurts posted at 9:53 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    @ Buffalo

    You think Big Bird and rest of the S. St. gang is going extinct if spending is cut? I can assure you that they will find another network home. After several posts i have read of of yours, you have actually presented some logical sense when you posted "our most important invest is our children". Keep this up Buffalo and i might have to confiscate a couple of your many awards that have been presented to you. As far as Romney will never win, wrong! Check his IRS return and reported bank roll........he has "won" already by hard work. And as far as "idiots", have you reread some of your posts lately?

    BTW Buffalo i have yet to endorse any political candidate. When i do i will let you know ASAP. In the mean time do not to label me as left or right . I am just against wasteful unecessary spending...........especially by g'vmt.

     
  • Buffalo posted at 7:29 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Buffalo Posts: 422

    Agreed Ms. Summers, our most important invest is our children. But you are not going to convince the idiots that support the extreme right anything. Not to worry though, Romney will never win.[beam]

     
  • Brandy posted at 7:16 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Brandy Posts: 13

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a non-profit created by Congress of which PBS is a part, receives less than 1% of the more than $3 trillion federal budget.

    For more information: http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0411/Poll_Americans_way_off_on_public_broadcasting_funding.html; or here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/fact-check-mitt-romneys-pbs-cuts-wont-fire-big-bird/

    Cutting funding to the CPB wouldn't make much of a dent toward balancing the budget, but making threats to do so gets people talking about a hot-button issue and distracts them from the real issues such as "The danger in Romney’s plan is not in the few cuts he has detailed but in the many he has not."

    Read here to learn more about how Big Bird plays a tiny role in the overall scheme of this election: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-forget-about-big-bird/2012/10/09/5f9a411c-1258-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

     
  • amorrow3 posted at 8:41 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    amorrow3 Posts: 3

    I totally agree that PBS can be sponsored by their viewers not our tax dollars or through the government. I enjoyed Sesame Street as a kid, but times have changed our priorities need to!

     
  • amorrow3 posted at 8:39 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    amorrow3 Posts: 3

    Goodness, we have bigger problems in this country than whether or not "Big Bird" is on. PBS lovers can keep the channel going not our tax dollars. I enjoyed this channel as a child, also, but good grief, times have changed and our priorities need to!

     
  • moore_stan posted at 2:32 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    moore_stan Posts: 1

    PBS has some good programs but I strongly agree that some tough cuts have to be made. We can only borrow so much money. Our national debt us maxed out. Most of the things you mentioned Ms. Summers should be taught by parents at home, not a tv show. It's our job as parents to teach our children, not Sesame Street's.

    News reporting like this is exactly why I quit subscribing to the SMR. I feel that there is a lot more worthwhile news to cover.

     
  • jrp61356 posted at 7:58 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    jrp61356 Posts: 9

    I don't know Ms. Summers' political leanings, but it sounds like she is your typical liberal media talking head. Our country is facing much larger problems than funding for PBS. Truth is, we are facing such a huge deficit (thanks primarily to Obama and his spend-spend-spend mentality) that there will need to be across-the-board cuts in all areas of government. There is no easy fix to this problem.

     
  • hopsnbarley posted at 4:08 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    hopsnbarley Posts: 40

    Elizabeth, you are a good reporter. Don't fall subject to the liberal media bias that many, like your publisher, push on the public. [wink]

     
  • Leon posted at 9:37 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Leon Posts: 561

    You guys said it all, what can I say but, off with its head (defund PBS) !

     
  • Truthurts posted at 9:51 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    Did i read this story correct? You got to be kidding me. The country is going to hades in a hand basket and you worried about PBS? I say let's feather, skin and have Big Bird for Thanksgiving. NPR needs its federal funding pulled also. These tv and radio stations since being a " non profit org " needs to find away to be profitable on their own and support themselves and get out of the publics hip pocket.

     
  • Ron Burgandy posted at 9:06 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    Ron Burgandy Posts: 13

    "But if the funding for PBS is cut, I hate to think of what will happen to future generations".

    I just read this line again and realized how ridiculous this entire article is. It's PBS... not Polio or Small Pox. I've never heard of anyone dying from lack of Mr, Rogers. Each American's share of the debt is over $50,000. GET REAL!!

     
  • HogWash posted at 6:17 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    HogWash Posts: 154

    PBS can get plenty of money without Fed funding, everyone else does.

     
  • Ron Burgandy posted at 3:15 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    Ron Burgandy Posts: 13

    Our country is 16 trillion dollars in debt..... PBS, Smokey Bear, Every "Brush your teeth" and "Eat Vegetables" commercials should be 1st on everyone's list to de-fund. Would you rather grandma eat dog food in 2015 or do something to keep our country fiscally sound. Time to grow up and be adults and fix our budget. Also, There is a ridiculous amount of kids programming that manage to stay on air without being subsidized by tax payers. (Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang... etc.)

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