Remembering Obama's Very First Scandal - Digital TVSubmitted by Chris Hurlothru... on Sat, 07/20/2013 - 04:44
If you are lucky enough not to own a television you probably have forgotten, or were barely even aware of the switch to digital tv signals originally scheduled for February 17, 2009. Or the delay in the transition until June 12 of the same year due to general ineptitude:
House votes to delay digital TV transition
The House voted Wednesday 264-158 to delay the analog TV shutdown until June 12.
The nation was two weeks away from the original date of Feb. 17 for the digital transition, allowing broadcasters to replace analog TV signals with digital ones.
But the Obama administration and many Democrats asked for the delay, saying millions of people are not ready for the switch. The bill, already approved by the Senate, now goes to the president for his approval, considered a given. Still to be resolved is the funding needed for more coupons to help consumers offset the cost of converter boxes. That issue will likely be considered as part of the economic stimulus legislation...
Or the borderline scandal surrounding the direct transfer of $1 billion in 'federal' money to the manufacturers of the conversion boxes in the form of discount coupons:
Billion-Dollar Coupon Program to Usher In Digital TV
The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration is setting aside close to US$1 billion to help consumers who will be forced to migrate to digital television after Feb. 17, 2009 -- when analog broadcasting is scheduled to cease...
No, we should not forget. We should never forget.
The next time you see an old-fashioned analog tv set on the curb, waiting to be stripped of its copper and dumped into the local water supply with its lead and rare earth metals, stop and tape this sign to the screen:
"Worked great until June 12, 2009."
And having done that please return to this thread and tell me: Was the switch to digital TV Obama's very first scandal?