Friday, October 21, 2005

Ahhh, priorities...

Today, in the Times of Trenton, there are two stories side-by-side on page B8.

Senate: $3B to ensure TV reception
Lawmakers want to spend $3billion to make sure millions of Americans won't wake up to blank TV screens when the country makes the switch to all-digital broadcasts....

right next to:

No increase in heating aid
For the second time this month, the Senate voted against putting more money into a program that helps low-income families meet home heating costs. Senators who opposed the $3.1 billion in emergency money...

And who says our priorities are screwed?

4 comments:

Rob said...

Here's the article:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2005-10-20-digital-tv-subsidy_x.htm

Can you guess who is proposing this? Yes, it's the Republicans! Shouldn't TV manufacturers be kicking in here - or offering low cost or free alternatives?

And who sponsored the heating aid bill?

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/10/21/senate_rejects_heating_aid_boost/

Senator Jack Reed, a Democrat of Rhode Island and Senator Susan M. Collins, Republican of Maine

Ok...so the repubs got one in...but still.... I can't believe it. Oil heat is going to be hellishly expensive this winter....

--*Rob

Brenda said...

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY!! Do you the Vietnamese would have it this way? How about the Soviets? That's IT! I'm borrowing your post Sharon. I'm getting out my soapbox. Look out!

Sharon GR said...

Thanks for finding the links, *Rob. They're both AP articles but I couldn't find them immediately yesterday when I posted this.

In theory, heating aid will be added to an upcoming bill, which may or may not come up in Congress. Someday. I wonder when? Boy, it's a little chilly here in the northeast today, huh? We could get our first frost early next week...

Media In Trouble said...

brilliant catch!

KILL YOUR TV!!