Are the advocates of the Public Broadcasting System in the Big Bird dust-up really so ignorant as to think the issue is whether Big Bird should exist? That his extinction will be ordered unless taxpayer support of PBS continues?
The real issue, of course, is whether private property should be confiscated by force to support a cute children’s character. Any time the government spends money, that confiscation is the ultimate source of the revenue.
Certain constitutional duties easily pass the confiscation test. Of course it’s worthwhile to confiscate private property by force to have the government maintain a national defense and civil order. But a children’s character that would, in the absence of government support, undoubtedly get the generous patronage of private individuals and foundations? Give me a break.