One of the fundamental, inalienable rights guaranteed to every American resident is, apparently, the right to watch television.
The federal government, in its infinite wisdom, has decreed a transition from analog to digital broadcasting. Anybody who still has an analog television that receives its signal through an antenna, rather than cable or satellite, will have to purchase an analog to digital converter to continue receiving broadcasts after February, 2009. The federal government has set aside $1.5 billion to provide coupons for ADCs to everybody, rich or poor, who still gets their daily TV fix by way of an analog box.
Do you have to be a citizen or legal resident to partake of the government’s largesse? — Apparently not. All the on-line form asks is your name and address and how many coupons you “need.”
Personally, I haven’t owned a television in over 20 years. I can’t stand the noisome things. But I’ll be happy to pay for yours. Well, not happy, exactly, but I don’t really have any choice. After all, isn’t that what taxpayers are for?