Via Glenn Reynolds, ladies and gentlemen: your tax dollars at... actually, "waste" doesn't have the right connotation of "bizarrely surreal." Essentially, Democratic legislators have mainstreamed the antiwar Left's Giant Puppet People by bringing the cartoon aardvark Arthur to a budget discussion.
Now, here's the thing: I try to regulate what my kids watch. I'm assisted in this by the fact that my wife is, frankly, too cheap to pay for cable; so we buy and rent videos. Arthur was on our list of stuff to maybe buy when the kids were older; it is abruptly no longer on that list. It's nothing personal, but if the Other Side is going to be using cultural icons as partisan weapons then it's perfectly acceptable for me to respond appropriately.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: I see that PBS & NPR seem to have enough money in their budgets to play partisan political games, which I believe is not a concept enshrined in the mission statement of either. Why am I paying for Democratic partisan agitprop, again? - That's a rhetorical question, by the way: I know that the answer is "Because they've always gotten away with it before."
But I'm a fair-minded man. They can keep their funding; just as long as the Democrats tell us what we can cut from entitlement spending in exchange - and that's going to be independent of whatever cuts that we make anyway. Call it a... practical exhibition of the concept that elections have consequences.