First, I must quote from the June 6 article, "U.S. ends funding for Sesame Street."
"The U.S. has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a Pakistani version of Sesame Street in response to alleged corruption by the local puppet theater."
Is this for real? Our government? Paying $20 million to bring Big Bird to Pakistan?
That's $20 million from a land of joblessness, crumbling infrastructure, gluttonous bailouts, a gutted space program, cuts to education, slicing equal pay for women, and if some in the Republican Party have their way, goodbye to Social Security and Medicare under the guise of "financial austerity."
Never miss a local story.
Cut, slice, cut, slice -- but not overseas.
The article ends with, "It would be an embarrassment for the multi-billion dollar U.S. aid program in Pakistan." Huh?
It's enough to make a person swear. At his own government. Loudly.
Corruption in Pakistan? We've got plenty of it (and stupidity) in our own country, it would seem.
Bink Owen, Walla Walla