Like many Americans, since 1970, I grew up watching Sesame Street. I received a deeper learning of my ABCs, counting, knowing that one thing was not quite the other, etc. Unfortunately, as I found out today, if the Republicans get the cuts that they want this year Sesame Street will be no more. So will all programming that appears on PBS as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be terminated. So, too, will that great liberal bastion (cutting sarcasm) National Public Radio and AmeriCorps.
This is all part of the Republicans effort to cut spending and the deficit. They also believe that by doing all of this it will create jobs. No, I am not kidding.
In a statement, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stated that this is "a historic effort to get our fiscal house in order and restore certainty to the economy. .This legislation will mark the largest spending cut in modern history and will help restore confidence so that people can get back to work." (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/12/house-gop-budget-plan-tar_n_822364.html?ref=fb&src=sp)
One of two things is going on here, Mr. Cantor is just playing political theater or he has found a way to create jobs by eliminating jobs. Never mind that unemployment is down for the second month in a row. Apparently by completely ending these projects and putting all these people on the unemployment line, Mr. Cantor is convinced that this will not only put people back to work, he is also convinced that firing people will restore confidence in the economy.
Let us remember, though, that this is the same Republican Party that told us angrily for two years that the Democrats were going around convinced they knew what was best for everyone, now doing the same thing. This is the same group of Republicans that for two years decried the Democrats for not being transparent with their bills, now doing the exact same thing. This is the same Republican Party that voted down health care for 9/11 responders because they said the Democrats were trying to force it down their throats, only to turn around once they had the majority and try the very thing they decried with the extension of the Patriot Act. They allowed no debate and no amendments. Fortunately, in what will be one of the very few times I will agree with them, the TEA Party voted against the extension and it failed.
I doubt you will find very many people that will deny that spending is out of control in Washington. You have to wonder though, what Republicans are thinking in completely closing AmeriCorps, NPR, and CPB. All of which are actually popular in America.
So, goodbye (for now) Sesame Street. You will no longer be allowed to teach the American children. You are being outlawed in the United States. I can only be thankful that Mister Roger's Neighborhood was ended long ago. Jim Henson must be rolling in his grave.
Oh and something I forgot earlier. And this one time....... at Congress.........(sorry couldn't resist the temptation) the Republicans installed a new rule that before any bill is submitted for a vote at the committee level, the sponsor must, as specifically as possible, cite it's Constitutionality by mentioning which part of the Constitution the bill falls under. It is really not a bad idea, but unfortunately since the rule came into place not only have some Republicans completely forgotten about this rule, when they are reminded their Constitution remarks are so weak that questions are asked about how the new bill is actually Constitutional.