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Mitt Romney Wants Exxon to Sponsor Sesame Street

From Raw Story and via Gawker, we learn that Mitt Romney wants to commercialize all of PBS, apparently because he doesn’t understand that China holding US debt isn’t about government spending profligacy but is connected to their exchange rate and export policies and our desire to watch football on 60 inch televisions.   But never mind that.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a major Republican candidate for President thinks that the problem with Sesame Street is that the kids don’t get to watch enough commercials from Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil or the gas folks at Conoco.

After all, it’s never too early to start teaching children that its okay to buy elections and governments, or spend millions claiming global warming is a hoax or put down students who think it’s a bad idea to be  pumping toxic chemicals into public water supplies while they extract natural gas to heat poorly insulated homes.   I’m sure there are whole lesson plans prepared by ALEC on the marvels of free enterprise unshackled from the needless chains of health and safety regulations.

But we need to remind ourselves that Mitt Romney, while stunningly dishonest about what he believes and jaw dropping indifferent to what he has to say to get votes from Fox-misinformed conservative whackos, is supposed to be the saner, pragmatic “moderate” among this gang of clowns and charlatans.

In the meantime, we can all look forward to the continued commercialization of PBS.  We already have Exxon and Conoco corrupting the News Hour, monopolizing the first minutes of “news” by undercutting whatever the reporters need to tell us that might affect their global interests.  Then we’ll have Koch and Bank of America bring you Frontline and American Experience.  Perhaps next season, the new Masterpiece will feature the series, “Upstairs, and Even More Upstairs,” brought to you by Goldman Sachs, followed by Atlas Shrugged sponsored by Bain Capital.

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John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts.

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