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Thanks to presidential debate, Big Bird is today's word on the street

OK, now, let me see. There are nearly 315 million people living in the United States, and the Center for Public Broadcasting gets $445 million a year from the federal budget. That means each person pays a little more than a buck a year, or, to be a bit more precise, $1.41, to watch Antiques Roadshow, The Mormons, and any number of programs you can't find anywhere else.

But the center's member stations, the Public Broadcasting System, were roundly dissed during the Oct. 3 presidential debate by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He said that under a Romney administration, PBS would be sacked. OMG. That means all the muppets of Sesame Street would lose their jobs. Hmmm. I...