Sesame Street Gets $1 Million Simulus Grant - Creates 1.47 Jobs

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.

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  • Girly Girl

    I wil never ever buy another Sesame Street Character nor anything else Sesame Street.

  • R.Young

    Finally a governmental program has created JOBS?

    • Linda

      Well, more than one job, but less than two.

  • A. Levy

    Reading this story, and all the others like it, i can think of only one question to ask myself. "Is there any limit to the amount of abuse the American people will tolerate"? Sadly, i can see none.

  • Paul Thomas

    p.b.s.= pure bull and you know the rest!

  • makes cents

    Since the government thinks they OWN the airwaves, why don't they create their own channel. They could call it EDBB Education for Dummies by Big Brother.
    Or WAW We Are Watching then they could air anything they want without grants (They'll just slip the cost into a existing pork barrel project.

  • Warren Reynolds

    Where the hell is the house of representatives? Are they not the ones who approve money going out? Seems to me there are a lot of republicans that need to be replaced as well....

  • Susan

    If they really wanted to educate moms on nutrition (after all, toddlers don't grocery shop), they should have given the money to the adult swim network. I'm pretty sure more moms are watching Family guy than sesame street. I'd really like to see a study on how many low-income families are watching PBS. Most of the ones I know have better TV's and more channels than I do and they're not wasting it watching PBS.

  • agbjr

    Big Bird should be plucked, stuffed, roasted, and served to the 'starving' Occupy crowd. PBS = Pro Barrack Service. With most American households receiving more than 900 cable and broadcast channels there is absolutely NO need or argument for taxpayer-funded radio and television. I'll take my Big Bird on the Food Network ... fried with a side of mac'n'cheese.

  • dntmkmecomoverther

    I looked at Sesame Street's financial sheet. They are rolling in assets and over $40 million worth...what the hell did they need a 'stimulus' for anyway? Oh, I get it, 'stimulus' is code for 'democrat support payback'....what was I thinking? Cut off support for this stupidity immediately; it's not needed and it competes with private industry which the Commerce Clause prohibits.

  • William Benton

    America is much more important than the crap that is on Sesame Street. It seems to me that the inmates are running the asylum. We need this crap like we need a bad case of hemorroids.

  • Silas Longshot

    Bad ol' Romney, pecking, I mean picking on poor ol' Big Bird.
    PUBLIC Broadcasting Service, defines that people who WISH TO promote and prop up this thing can willingly put their money into it. But, socialists, ever generous with other people's money, want YOUR tax dollars to prop up their favorite ventures.

  • J J

    So, Mr. President, somebody DOES need to get tough on Big Bird and it seems that it should have been YOU!!! Big Bird's numbers don't add up!! Maybe he needs to spend more time with The Count. It shouldn't take well over $1 million to produce less than 2 jobs. That does, however, sound like your numbers, Mr. President, when talking about the stimulus and bailouts. Maybe Mr.Romney can do a better job.

    Shame on you, Mr. President, for your cocky, arrogant, condescending comments about Mr. Romney concerning his statement about PBS and taking the Federal government out of it.

  • retiredmillwright

    A sad waste
    of Americas tax payer’s money again. This was borrowed money that our grandkids
    will have to repay. They could have given this money to the Salvation Army and actually
    helped someone needy.