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Original Post:It's pretty amusing how Romney switched gears to basically say the complete opposite of what he's been saying for the last year and a half. The right is basically trying, in their desperation, for another Romney Reboot™. Not that I can fault him, as pretty much everything coming out of his mouth for that period of time has sent his favorability plummeting, so why not completely reinvent yourself into someone else at the debates; namely your opponent
It's certainly an interesting tactic; you can't prepare for a debate against your opponent if you never know what his policies are going to be! Thankfully however, Obama's tactic of letting Romney become overconfident and hang himself with his own rope seems to have paid off, as the fact checkers are tearing him apart today. But more than that, was that he was baited into doing what he always does; tearing into the opposition too aggressively, and revealing his biggest flaw and weakness. He lacks compassion, and is seen as the big businessman who would gladly eject a family from their home to build a railroad through it. He may have been the most effective, but he failed to close the empathy gap. What has that resulted in? Per Gallup, Obama's approval rating soars to its highest point in 3 years.
It's pretty sad though, that all that's required to "win" the debates are to begin spouting as many outright falsehoods in a row as you can - no one will stop you. What we really need is live fact-checking, complete with a buzzer that interrupts you every time you lie, and people actually correcting you when you suddenly reverse on EVERYTHING you've been saying up to that prior point.
With regards to Romney's RIDICULOUS notions of cutting PBS, they issued a statement that pretty much says everything that needs to be said:
Just another case of one of Mitt's biggest flaws - he runs off at the mouth before thinking things through.ARLINGTON, VA – October 4, 2012 – We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves.
The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.
A national survey by the bipartisan research firms of Hart Research and American Viewpoint in 2011 found that over two-thirds of American voters (69%) oppose proposals to eliminate government funding of public broadcasting, with Americans across the political spectrum against such a cut.
As a stated supporter of education, Governor Romney should be a champion of public broadcasting, yet he is willing to wipe out services that reach the vast majority of Americans, including underserved audiences, such as children who cannot attend preschool and citizens living in rural areas.
For more than 40 years, Big Bird has embodied the public broadcasting mission – harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse.
Over the course of a year, 91% of all U.S. television households tune in to their local PBS station. In fact, our service is watched by 81% of all children between the ages of 2-8.
Each day, the American public receives an enduring and daily return on investment that is heard, seen, read and experienced in public media broadcasts, apps, podcasts and online – all for the cost of about $1.35 per person per year.
Earlier in 2012, a Harris Interactive poll confirmed that Americans consider PBS the most trusted public institution and the second most valuable use of public funds, behind only national defense, for the 9th consecutive year.
A key thing to remember is that public television and radio stations are locally owned and community focused and they are experts in working efficiently to make limited resources produce results. In fact, for every $1.00 of federal funding invested, they raise an additional $6.00 on their own – a highly effective public-private partnership.
Numerous studies -- including one requested by Congress earlier this year -- have stated categorically that while the federal investment in public broadcasting is relatively modest, the absence of this critical seed money would cripple the system and bring its services to an end.
Learn more at: http://valuepbs.org/.
PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.
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