Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Senate OKs Delay in Digital TV Changeover, Digital Converter Coupons: Government Waste At Its Finest. Where is the missing $780 Million?

Congress has officially wasted, lost or misused $780 Million of your tax payer money. Where is it? We need answers.

Town Hall reported yesterday:

The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal as early as Tuesday.

Monday's Senate vote is a big victory for the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, who have been pushing for a delay amid growing concerns that too many Americans won't be ready for the currently scheduled Feb. 17 changeover.

Great! Looks like we don't need that $650 Million for "converter coupons" in that good ol' stimulus spending bill!

Who the hell are the 6.5 Million people still using rabbit ears anyway? Yup, that's what The Nielsen Co. estimates.

The Obama administration began pushing for a delay this month after the Commerce Department hit a $1.34 billion funding limit for coupons that help consumers pay for digital TV converter boxes. The boxes, which generally cost between $40 and $80 and can be purchased without a coupon, translate digital signals back into analog ones for older TVs.

*Sound of record scratching*

Wait, we've already spent $1,340,000,000 on these "coupons"? The Democrats want to add $650 million more bringing the total to nearly $2 billion?

That's about $300 per converter box. But the boxes only cost between $40 and $80 right?

Still with me? $300 per viewer for something on that even on the high end costs $80. So, even assuming no one will go out and purchase the boxes with their own money and assuming that there is an extra $120 per viewer that is "missing" or "misused"... where is the other $780 Million?

No, really? Where is it?

This is going to the inbox of my Republican Representative and my two Democratic Senators and I suggest everyone else do the same.

It's time for all of us to hold this "Transparent" government accountable to its words and its deeds.

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