$650,000,000 Well Spent

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Under Title II of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 subheading Department of Commerce, I found something I deem patently absurd and blatantly ridiculous; $650,000,000 being allocated for the ‘Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program’.  I’m going to assume that you’re all aware of the shift in television broadcasting from an analog signal to a digital one.  This conversion will only effect those still using an antenna to obtain their television signal.  For reasons of economic stimulus and recovery, $650,000,000 will be spent to ensure that these antenna users will have easier access to the digital signal via $40 coupons to obtain a digital converter box.  Wow, these converter boxes must be expensive right?  Wrong, they cost on average $49.99.  There is no eligibility requirement to receive this coupon and the only limitation I could find was 2 coupons per-household.  We’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars so that people can watch tv?  At least the millions of unemployed won’t be bored.  The best part though is of the $650,000,000 being allocated; ‘$90,000,000 may be for education and outreach, including grants to organizations for programs to educate vulnerable populations, including senior citizens, minority communities, people with disabilities, low-income individuals, and people living in rural areas, about the transition and to provide one-on-one assistance to vulnerable populations, including help with converter box installation.’  Unbelievable.  I wonder how much of that $90,000,000 I could get to teach my grandparents and their fellow ‘vulnerables’ in Florida how to hookup their cable boxes?  On a scale of awful to amazing, I’m gonna have to give this one an abismal.

2 thoughts on “$650,000,000 Well Spent

  1. So if there is equal treatment for everyone… why don’t i get a coupon since i don’t need help from them in that category cant i get mine to pay for a month of dish network…

    Stop by my blog would love your comments… i’m working on reading the whole stimulus bill HR1 2009

  2. If you love conspiracy theories, here is a doosie! Major General Stubblebine, and the defense department have supposedly created a device that can send messages directly to the frontal lob portion of your brain. They use Extra Low Frequencies or ELF to do this. It’s called Sound of Silence technology. Now everyone who has a digital converter box can receive “encouraging messages” from the Feds!!
    Yay us!

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