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Occupy Protests One-Percenter Big Bird

…well not actually, but since that inane operation sorely lacked validity from beginning to end, our ancillary point is made.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting receives $450 million annually from Congress, of which $280 million goes to PBS and local stations.  Federal money comprises 12% of the PBS budget.  Yes, this $450 million represents only 0.007 % of Federal spending, but it’s arguable that a budget in which a half billion is only 0.007 % is itself a disaster.

Non-profits such as the CPB are required to file IRS form 990.  Accordingly, in 2008 Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 in compensation.  From 2003 to 2006, Sesame Street made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales – roughly $50 million per year.  Thus, the annual income of Big Bird’s corporation is about four times greater than that of Mitt Romney.

So, President O’Blaima,  isn’t it about time Big Bird paid his Fair Share?

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