How has it happened that our government is spending [over a] billion dollars to provide a nonessential form of entertainment to everyone in America? Children all over this country go to bed hungry every night. People live in misery or die prematurely because they cannot afford medical care. Our country supposedly doesn’t have enough money to fix these or countless other life-and-death problems. But we can spend $1.5 billion to make sure everyone can watch TV.
My first question would be why the government has anything to do with supporting or requiring a format for television in the first place. But I am even more concerned about the fact that $1.5 billion has been set aside to pay for converters for anyone who does not have a television compatible with HDTV. Although I have no television myself, my tax dollars are going to provide a government subsidy that is available to anyone, rich or poor, who needs to upgrade their television to work with the new, government-mandated standards.
Meanwhile, do the powers that be think the starving children won’t notice the growl in their bellies so much as long as they can watch TV?
— Terry Wyszynski