Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
Gov. Mitt Romney took a big gamble with his statement that he would cut funding for PBS, home of Big Bird and other American public programs.
Sesame Street is watched by four out of five children younger than 5, according to PBS. It is currently watched in more than 120 countries. A survey this year said Americans consider PBS the most trusted public institution and the second-most valuable use of public funds behind only national defense.
With the yearly government funding of $430 million to PBS, it may seem like a lot of money to spend, but it is a tremendous bang for the buck with so many millions of viewers watching it every day, mainly young children. This is probably the best educational program in the world.