Big Bird vs. Our Grandchildren
For those of you who weren't watching, this is what Mr. Romney actually said:
What things would I cut from spending? Well, first of all, I will eliminate all programs by this test, if they don't pass it: Is the program so critical it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if not, I'll get rid of it. Obamacare's on my list.
I apologize, Mr. President. I use that term with all respect, by the way.
OBAMA: I like it.
ROMNEY: Good. OK, good. So I'll get rid of that.
"I'm not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for." That's the test: do you love Big Bird so much that you would borrow money from China to pay for him? Because you know whom you are actually borrowing money from when you do that? Your grandchildren. Because they are the ones that are going to have to pay off your debt for wanting the government to pay for things indefinitely, even good things, even things that you might have loved when you were a child.I'm sorry, Jim, I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. But I'm not going to -- I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for. That's number one.
I wish that I were a political cartoonist and could render some of the images that came to mind when I started seeing all of the Big Bird lampoons of Romney's position. Here are a few:
- Two grown-ups embracing Big Bird in their living room as their children are taken away by China. Grown-ups: "We love you, Big Bird!" The children are labelled "the National Debt."
- An adult sitting on the corner, begging for change (pun intended). Adult: "I'd rather have Big Bird than a job."
- A sign in a shop window: "Not hiring. We stand with the Bird."
- Sponge Bob to Big Bird: "You didn't build that."*
- Big Bird thumbing his nose at the eagle on the reverse of the quarter dollar. Big Bird: "Who's the big bird now?"
*Is this one too subtle? The point being that Sponge Bob is another big, yellow character loved by children of all ages all over the world, but that his show appears on a commercially-supported, private enterprise station and yet he still seems to survive.