Few lines in the presidential debates have been as iconized as the “Big Bird” line from the first debate, where Romney famously said that he’d cut the subsidy to PBS, in spite of how much he “loves big bird”. Besides the fact that Big Bird will be fine with or without the subsidy, it turns out that everyone’s favorite large yellow talking bird actually makes about 4 times what Mitt Romney does from merchandise alone. Breitbart has the story:
…in the face of trillion dollar annual deficits and an overall debt that will likely hit $20 trillion should Obama the Bald-Faced Liar win reelection, we the taxpayers are tossing away a cool half-billion a year at this junk.
Now comes the real numbers — the numbers the media will never reveal because they’re absolutely infuriating.
According to Senator Jim DeMint:
Shows like Sesame Street are multi-million dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, “Sesame Street” made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.
If you break that down, it works out to over $50 million a year “Sesame Street” is taking in from all that merchandising.
Yep, that one-percenter Big Bird makes about four times what Mitt Romney does annually and yet Barack Obama still wants you and I to still carry his freight.
And speaking of merchandise, did you hear Romney’s comments caused China-manufactured big bird costume sales to skyrocket? It seems Mitt can’t help but grow the economy.