Smokey Bear up in smoke? House GOP takes aim

12-02-2011 // Emily Heil, In the Loop

This excerpt is from the Washington Post's In the Loop blog

Is nothing sacred? We get that House Republicans are dead serious in their efforts to trim federal spending and cut the national debt, but we had no idea how far they were willing to go...until now.

They may be proposing giving the axe to none other than the beloved icons Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Yes, that’s Smokey of “only you can prevent forest fires” fame and Woodsy, who charmingly warns schoolchildren to “give a hoot, don’t pollute.”

Why, Smokey and Woodsy are national treasures! There’s even a law protecting Smokey’s integrity and an adorable brochure dedicated to making sure that he’s portrayed properly.

The cuddly creatures are among the children’s education programs run by the Forest Service, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put such programs on the chopping block in the latest installment of his “YouCut” contest in which he invites the public to identify federal spending to whack in the name of budget-balancing. 

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