Last night was the first round of the debates for the presidential campaign. I certainly was expecting a debate, however, it feel short. It was 90 minutes of Romney laying the smack down on Obama. It appeared at times Obama was being scolded by Romney like a child who did something wrong. The only real debate and I use “debate” lightly was in regards to the topic of ObamaCare. The President stood proud to have created such a program and seemed confident to talk about it. During the debate Romney mentioned laying off Sesame Street and big bird. The producers of Sesame Street were not happy about losing that funding provided by the Government should Romney be elected. The statement released by Sesame Street sounded like Romney was firing them. In realty, Sesame Street has had a free ride for 43 years now and they just need to add commercials to the program. Currently the show doesn’t have any sponsors or commercials. I know the show is valuable but does it deserve to be founded by the Government. Paying all their staff and CEO’s? Non profits do make money and a lot of it… look at the Salvation Army or the Goodwill.
For this article I was curious just how much Sesame Street makes per year so I looked it up. On their 2011 IRS form they pulled in 8 million dollars from Government grants. I would say that is fair amount to work it out on there own right? Well here is the kicker… they made an additional $45 million on product royalties! Things like toys and Tickle Me Elmo’s for example. Oh it doesn’t end there. They have content and syndication deals also. When it’s all said and done in 2011 Sesame Street pulled in $112 million dollars in revenue (not including the 8 million in Government support). Big Bird is part of the 1%! Why is Big Bird on Welfare then? This show can support itself. There has to be a better way to make that “poor” program work and I’m sure they will figure it out. It’s just a good example of things that are not going to make everyone happy. It was sad to hear that news from Romney he may cut them, however, looking at the money now and what the show is bringing in – they don’t need us paying for their show. If you cut things some people will get mad and that is why most politicians don’t cut at all. They want to save their office and don’t want the negative response by the few mad people. Unlike Obama who is “helping” everyone with the handouts and not putting his neck on the line with any program cuts or decisions. His goal has been fluffing up the job numbers (which he still failed at) and made 47% of the public loving the free handouts of the Government. It’s pathetic.
None the less, it was a good showing for Romney. I expect Obama to come with more heat next round, however, he better be ready with the answers to his failed numbers the last 4 years. It’s going to be a tough road debating the negative numbers during his presidential history. He can’t really say what he would do better this time because on every topic he has failed at it… plus why didn’t he implement this new approach the last 4 years. The numbers of the last 4 years don’t lie. The spending has never been worse. Jobs are in the gutter and worse than when he started. ObamaCare isn’t free like most of the public thinks and Mitt has already done it …. better. We have a cyberwar with Iran and soon a real one. Syria is falling apart. North Korea hates us and we are running private operations there the administration doesn’t want to call a war yet. China and Russia sure don’t support us. National deficit is maxed more than Bush spent for the wars. Can’t blame it on Bush because Obama raised it more in 4 years than Bush did in 8 years. Obama on energy was a disaster and total loss of billions. We are sending billions to countries who don’t appreciate it. Our embassies are under terrorist attacks all over including Libya. Could it get any worse with Romney even with little to no experience on foreign policy – it would appear he has a better shot at it from this point. There really isn’t a topic that Obama hasn’t failed at. You simply can’t debate with a failed record. He can say what he want to do and what people want to hear but in reality he’s had 4 years and hasn’t implemented those things. You just have to sit there and take it like a man just like Obama did last night.
The only thing Obama has working for him is his history of supporting and financially helping everyone for free. The handouts to the public who will continue to support him until the end. Can’t blame them really that would be a nice life and I wouldn’t want it to end. It’s not their money so who cares right. Obama has the African and Latino votes which is huge. However, history has proven Republicans have done more for blacks than the democrats have ever done. The civil rights movement was started by Republicans and wasn’t even backed by democrats! Look that up if you don’t believe me. Obama has supported the illegals so of course they will continue with the support for him. Obama’s brand is strong. He is a family man which I believe is true and that really hasn’t been displayed to the public for Romney. American’s eat that up and feel better about someone who has that brand in place.
Next debate is Paul Ryan vs Joe Biden for Vice President. I predict Ryan will mop the floor with him. Ryan is an AMAZING talker and knows his numbers and facts well. His banter and wittiness will be sharper than Biden. I suspect Joe Biden will do better than Obama because they will be more prepared due to how the Romney/Obama debate concluded.