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Beginning February 17th, 2009, all TV broadcasts will be transmitted solely in digital format. This means that viewers who tune in to analog television broadcasts using antiquated (yet charming) rabbit ears will lose their ability to watch television.

What will they do?
Government to the rescue!

Congress will pay you to make the switch to digital television. That's right, television is Uncle Sam's latest entitlement. Congress has approved a $1.5 billion taxpayer subsidy, through which any family can get a $40 coupon (or two) to convert analog televisions to digital format.

Above: Would you spend billions so these kids
don't have to go outside? Congress would.

The Commerce Department believes there are some 25 million analog TV sets without a digital converter.

Where was the government when turntables took a dive? Where was the taxpayer subsidy to re-purchase the White Album? The government doesn't need to spend billions of dollars paying us to upgrade our computers or kitchen appliances anymore than they need to be concerned with our televisions.

Has the government changed the way people get water? Or transportation? Or electricity? The government can subsidize necessities, one of which is not TV. It is possible, after all, to live without television. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said:

"Digital TV will improve our quality of life.
We want every American to be ready."

We have a war that is costing us billions, trade deficits aplenty, completely insecure borders, a collapsing monetary system...and we're going to spend $1.5 billion so people can keeping watching TV? Are we suicidal?

The average American family has 2.6 television sets, and the typical American adult spends about 4 hours a day watching. Do you wonder why the government would have an interest in keeping your eyes glued to that screen?

It just finishes off whatever dumbing-down didn't happen in the government school you attended.

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  • Anonymous Keith said:
    Wednesday, March 12, 2008  

    Haha, yea where is my vinyl-to-CD conversion rebate??? Sigh. I guess people still don't know where this money comes from. top

  • Anonymous bickelj said:
    Monday, March 24, 2008  

    Bear in mind it was a mandate from the government that is forcing the broadcasters to switch.

    How much did they end up making in that spectrum auction? top

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