With the delay to vote on the postponement of the Digital Television changeover, a problem with partisan views is brought into sharp relief.
Looking to see that it was Republicans who blocked the vote on postponement, and eventually will try to block the postponement of the February 17 deadline, it does make for wonder if these Republicans know what it is they stand for.
Perhaps there is a problem in the teachings of our school system, as the words Republican and conservative are usually used synonymously. Conservatism is many things, but one of the tenets is the maintenance of status quo, with the thought that anything that has survived for a time must be working, and therefore good.
Those like me, who have a bit more skepticism of modern conservatism, would say that it revolves around the tenet summed up as, ‘We’ve got ours!’ This seems to be the driving force in this blocking of the changeover, and the move to change in the first place.
The reasons for the transition were ostensibly the need for bandwidth, which can easily be shown to not be true. The given reason was monetary. It could not be hidden. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 was clear in that the transition was designed to garner money for the government, to help retire a small part of the deficit generated by the war and tax cuts of the Bush administration.
What was more hidden was that the money generated by the selling of the public airwaves was only a small part of the money generated. More revenues were to come from the forced transition, which would boost the electronics industry, and broadcasters, who gain ‘free’ bandwidth, due to multicasting, without the usual vetting, that by law must take place, for new stations to come into being.
There certainly were lot of high dollar lunches, dinners, and other perks to each of those who voted on that original bill in 2005, and I’m certain there is much additional ‘aid’ to those blocking the postponement, so that those new televisions, antennas, user changes to cable and satellite, and new ‘channels’ of advertisement can proceed full speed ahead.
Once again, the people least in a position to do anything about their fate, the poor, who aren’t able to afford the much-more-than-$50 transitional costs, are forced to bend and take, by the Congressional conservatives who are supposed to be protecting the status quo.