Monday, October 8, 2012

Sesame Street received $1 mil stimulus bill grant – created “1.47″ jobs

Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the popular childrens’ program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services. - sean Higgins/Washington Examiner

The funding was to promote healthy eating according to the federal website:
SW [i.e., Sesame Workshop] will carry out an expansion of its highly successful Healthy Habits for Life initiative, which promotes improved nutrition and increased physical activity, targeting low-income preschool-aged children and their families and care providers.

The projected created “1.47″ new jobs, the website reported. How they could calculate this to a hundredth of a percent is anybody’s guess. In any event, that comes out to about $726,000 per job created.

The money is separate from the funds Sesame Workshop receives from the federally-funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting to run the Sesame Street program on PBS stations.

Time for Big Bird to fly the nest - Emily Miller/Washington Times

Romney is right that PBS doesn’t need tax dollars

The bigger issue with Big Bird is tackling the mindset that government needs to bankroll everything that liberals like. It makes no sense to do that when the network could survive on its own in the marketplace from private donations or advertising. Uncle Sam needs to tell Big Bird to go feather his own nest.

New Obama ad uses Big Bird to hit Romney on deficit, Wall Street - Meghashyam Mali/The Hill
Big Bird, 'small politics' - Dylan Byers/Politico
The smallness of Obama’s Big Bird politics - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

Sesame Street to Obama: Take down the Big Bird ad - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @CharlieSpiering

After Americans ridiculed President Obama’s new Sesame Street ad this morning, Sesame Workshop has requested the campaign to take down the ad.

“We do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” the organization said in a statement. “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

Mitt Romney: "You have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird," he said. "I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs." - Emily Schultheis/Politico