Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Say What?


I heard on the radio today that the government fund to assist people in getting signal converters for their TV’s is temporarily depleted. There is a waiting list started for when it is replenished but that won’t be for six weeks. Before then, the signal will be swtiched from analog to digital and people will have missed some of their shows. Yes, that is what was reported on the news.

I have several problems with this one. First of all, so what? There’s more to life than TV or if there’s not then there should be. Second, who decided the money I work hard to earn that is then taken from in in the form of taxes should be spent on something so inane as television? I pay for my TV viewing. When I didn’t have the money for it, I did without. No government agency stepped in and offered to help me. I should add here that the converter gizmos only cost around $80.00. Anyone who can’t afford that is in bigger trouble than just missing out on remaining a couch potato.

When did the ability to watch pointless quasi-reality programs become more important than say healthcare for children living in poverty situation? I don’t get it. No, I just don’t get it.

5 comments:

Bronwyn Green said...

I don't get it either, Barb. :(

Amarinda Jones said...

Are you serious??? That's insane esp when the USA is trillions of dollars in deficit....shaking my head

Regina Carlysle said...

It IS silly. The problem is that almost everything is converting to digital and must be switched over. So now I'm wondering what happens when something replaces digital?

Anny Cook said...

I imagine it was an effort to get people to switch over without waiting until the last minute. And they did anyway. There are a lot of people--all of my children included--who don't have eighty dollars for the conversion. And for them TV is cheap family entertainment. Personally, I don't watch the idiot box, but the house hunk likes watching football...

Molly Daniels said...

Stupid, stupid. The ones who are serious about their TV habits either already have Dish, Cable, or Direct TV, IMHO. If someone has procrastinated this long, then they really don't watch that much TV anyway. We've only known about this for, what, a YEAR now?