TiVo Goldberg

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  • 10/27/2005

Bob Goldberg’s latest …

Yesterday, the House of Representatives took the bold
and courageous step of limiting the amount of money
you and I will get from the federal government to pay
for converter boxes that will allow us to switch our
televisions to digital.


In other words, while the GOP decided to spend only
$1 billion which includes several hundred million for
“education (maybe a government toll free number to
walk people through installation and how to use Tivo)
the Dems wanted to spend $4 billion for every
household in the universe. Congressman John Dingell
railed against GOP heartlessness and asserted the $40
cost of the box was a TV tax against the working
poor …

My guess is that most Americans will pocket the money
and spend it on the low cost digital TVs that will
flood Wal-Mart, Costco, etc over the next three years,
which will be on top of the converter rebates cable
companies will offer.

The idea that tax dollars would go to subsidize TV
purchases is almost mind numbing particularly in light
of the fact that the same Congress is hell bent on
saving money on prescription drugs by limiting access
to the newest drugs, destroying generic competition
and slapping price controls on what’s left.

(See my latest rant at

In otherwords, Congress will spend $4 billion so
people can watch Desperate Housewives or the New York
Yankees in high definition (not a bad thing by
itself)but will reduce the amount it spends on better
and newer medicines. Which reminds me of what Mark
Twain once wrote: “G-d made idiots for practice. Then
he made Congress.”


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