February 2007, our government required that all televisions have a digital tuner installed in all televisions. Feb 2009, the end of all analog broadcasts was supposed to be required, that got extended until Jun 12 2009.
What the government did: They originally had a 2 year window from the manufacture of the last analog televisions until the date that analog television was going off of the air, permanently. How long does an analog television last? Mine have all lasted for over 10 years, and I still have some around that work just fine, except that our government did it to us. I also know people that are so poor and unhealthy that they cannot afford to buy a digital television, or the converter box with or without the government discount card, or the digital antenna, and they can’t afford to get cable TV or a dish. $5 means a lot to these people when they can’t afford the medications to keep themselves alive. I am now scanning second hand stores for boxes and antennas because I can’t afford to buy a bunch of these things brand new for everyone that needs one. I can barely afford to buy one on my wages, and if I weren’t married, well…I wouldn’t watch the news or other shows either.
These people (the poor that aren’t getting a free ride) don’t even know who is running in the 2010 election, because they are without the news, and don’t have computers or access to them to figure out who’s lying the most. You say, they can use the library computers, but their health issues won’t let them out of the house long enough to go to the library, and if they are so broke that they can’t afford the converter box, they can’t afford the bus ride to the library. Not only that, but their bills keep them on subsistence and it’s possible that they couldn’t get a library card if they did get there (which is now required to use the library computers).
Next problem: The United States started going into the current recession in 2008, and the digital age required that people buy digital televisions when their old TV’s may still be so new that they are under warranty. The new televisions, the converter boxes, and the digital antennas are all Made In China. Way to support the economy, when we are going broke because minimum wage went up $2 in 2 years, which is driving up inflation, fuel prices more than doubled, banks are foreclosing on homes at a record pace, wages are increasing because minimum wage went higher than many unskilled jobs and even went higher than wages for jobs that it took some people ten years to achieve.
Why is our government supporting China when the U.S. caused the world’s financial system to collapse. We can’t even support ourselves anymore.
One more hyper-error in judgement for the U.S. government. President Obama decides that in 2010 and 2011, there will be no cost of living increases for those who need the money the most, and the bills keep going up. The politicians gave themselves a big fat raise amidst all of the destruction that they should be taking credit for, and bailing out the banks instead of bailing out the people that were duped but bad decisions in banking, on Wallstreet, and all with the help of our government.
Thank You Very Much, Congress and the President (at least from Clinton until now) for giving it to us and not buying us dinner first!??