Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a “vendetta against Elmo.”
Boxer made the comments during a floor speech where she made the case for her bill that would ensure that the president and lawmakers are not paid if a government shutdown occurs.
Boxer said that the cost of four hours of the Iraq war would be enough to keep PBS funded — and the popular fire-red children’s character on the air.
Boxer believes that the GOP has more than just a vendetta against Elmo. She added that Republicans hold a “vendetta against healthcare” and a “vendetta against clean energy.”
House Republicans last month passed a bill that would strip government funding for both National Public Radio and PBS.
I’ve got a vendetta against Barbara Boxer. Since when was it the federal government’s job to fund Elmo? There is something called competition and the free market. If Elmo is so great, he will remain on the air because little kids will watch it.
As for the vendettas against healthcare and clean energy, I’m guilty as charged. I don’t want my money wasted on a bloated government healthcare program (ObamaCare) or crap energy like solar and wind that can’t compete in the free market. We’ve got lots of coal and natural gas. It would be a shame if we didn’t use it in a responsible manner. With solar energy, a cloudy day suddenly causes rolling blackouts, and Barbara Boxer doesn’t have enough hot air to generate the kind of wind power that would actually make a meaningful impact in the energy market.