Right wing lie of the day: Creator of Big Bird makes more then Romeny, and pays less in taxes


Really. They’re trying to say this. Despite the fact that the creators of Big Bird, Jim Henson and Kermit Love are both deceased.

Digging a little deeper, they seem to actually be talking about Gary Knell. Who is the CEO of NPR and NOT PBS, nor the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. (yes, he did run Sesame street for a decade, where he made even less money).  Regardless, they claim he makes a million a year. Impressive, but Romeny made 13.5 Million for the year he deemed fit to release his taxes. And only half, give or take, of Knells salary comes from running the major corporation NPR. He also sits on the board of numerous corporations, and foundations.

And of course, the current head of “Sesame Street” is H. Melvin Ming. And while I can’t find his current salary, it is likely in the under 1/2 million range, with bonuses pushing it up to somewhere closer to 3/4 million. Still a far ctry from Romneys income.

And of course, tax records are not public record, and I can not find any evidence of them being publicly released. Of course the far right, who are making these claims, fail to provide any evidence of their tax rates.

It is likeley that do pay a lower tax rate then Romney claimed on his 2011 returns. Because they make a tiny fraction of the money, and their net worth is even a tinier fraction. And of course, let’s ignore the fact that Romneys tax rate was the result of tax returns prepared for public consumption when he decided to run for president. When he “gave” to charity at a rate several times higher then his trustee has said he has for the past 20 years. And when he chose to not claim most of these deductions to insure he shower a higher tax rate.

And let’s ignore that he his plan to cut funding for the corporation of public proadcasting will save a little under $450 million a year. Throw in the national endowement for the arts too and we’re still well under a billion dollars. When he plans to raise the military budget by $150 BILLION over current levels (200 billion if you count the $50 billion in cuts mandated by the impasse over the budget ceiling), all while giving a $5 trillion (over 10 years) revenue cut.

Obviously, Romeny did not grow up with The Count from Sesame Street

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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