Everyone recall the first presidential debate where PBS funding and Big Bird came up? Well apparently we don’t know the half of the Sesame Street tale. In 2010 the Department of Health and Human Services issued a grant to Sesame Workshop, the producer of Sesame Street. This grant was brought to you by the numbers $1,067,532 (the amount of the grant) and the letters “A” and “R,” or you might know them by their political name: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the “stimulus bill.”
According to the federal government’s Recovery website:
Through this grant from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Sesame Workshop (SW) will support the obesity prevention efforts of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative. SW will carry out an expansion of its highly successful Healthy Habits for Life initiative, which promotes improved nutrition and increased physical activity, targeting low-income preschool-aged children and their families and care providers.
That’s right. Over a million of our tax dollars was given to Sesame Workshop to aid in Michelle Obama’s crusade against obesity!
Because this fell under the stimulus bill, it was supposed to produce jobs. The website calculates that 1.47 jobs were produced. Yes, over a million dollars in taxpayer money was spent and it didn’t even yield two jobs. It brings a whole new meaning to stimulus doesn’t it? That’s about $726,000 per job!
Of course PBS had words for Mitt Romney, after he brought it up in the first debate, but the fact of the matter is that federal funds have been sent to Sesame Workshop and PBS for years under several administrations, both Democrat and Republican. This is nothing new, but it should be something that is exposed for what it is and that is wasteful government spending.