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What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?

by Abby Zimet

The uproar over Romney's tone-deaf, self-righteous, eminently laughable vow he won't "borrow from China" to pay for PBS and Big Bird - which accounts for less than 1/100 of 1% of the budget, or $1.60 per voter - goes on. Memes, tweets, jokes, an attack from the National Review's Mark Steyn charging that Sesame Street bears "primary responsibility" for "the infantilization of our society" and Benghazi's "unprotected diplomats (being) dragged to their deaths," a reminder of all the beloved, hapless children's characters historically hated on by the right, an appearance by Big Bird on Saturday Night Live, and the viral rejuvenation of Mister Rogers as a hero of sorts for his poignant, impassioned defense in 1969 of federal funding for PBS and what its programming gives kids.

"I give an expression of care, every day to each child to help him realize that he (sic) is unique... I feel that if we and public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health."

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