- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Big Bird living rent-free on Sesame Street and on the dole at taxpayers’ expense mirrors the Obamas living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. without having to pay for the extravagant lifestyle they choose to live and which the United States can ill afford in these troubled financial times.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is right in asserting that much as he loves Big Bird, he will stop the government subsidy of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) network for the right reason — to stop spending money we don’t have and borrowing money from China to pay for the subsidy while our debt tops $16.2 trillion (much of it accumulated on President Obama’s watch).

The president always says that everyone should “pay their share.” Since he is responsible for raising U.S. indebtedness to such unprecedented heights, would it be too much to ask that he and Mrs. Obama do their share by refraining from using two aircraft instead of just one? Couldn’t they also limit the use of presidential aircraft to official business only — and not for fundraisers, political rallies or other personal affairs?

Big Bird, the beloved, longtime character on the children’s TV show “Sesame Street,” has earned his stripes and captured our hearts. Unfortunately, PBS, which airs the show, needs to be cut down to minimize the government’s excessive debt caused by the Obama administration. So would it be too much to ask Mr. and Mrs. Obama to do their “share”?

Adding insult to injury, the president has the gall to ask voters to give him four more years, based solely on yet another promise he will surely break. However, the electorate is not dumb — it won’t be fooled twice. Mr. Obama will not be re-elected, and Big Bird will live happily ever after in the land of make-believe.