Saturday, October 13, 2012

Big Bird and Obama's priorities

One the dole
Pres. Obama has vowed to protect government subsidies for "Big Bird."  Big Bird, however, is not exactly needy.  International Business Times reports:
According to the latest Form 990 from Sesame Workshop, the educational nonprofit behind PBS’ “Sesame Street,” Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney was compensated $314,072 in 2010. Spinney, who has been with the show since its inception, also provides the voice and puppet work for Oscar the Grouch.

As a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Sesame Workshop is required to make its financial information public.[Emph. added]
Does that make Big Bird a "one-percenter"?

Also, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Sesame Street operation is not needy, having over $134 million in operating revenue.

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