the US government is spending $650 million on the analog/digital converter box program.
Seriously, I don't get it. I know a good Democratic government can only run with an informed citizenry; however, I don't see how or why it is the government's responsibility to pay for people to be able to watch TV. TV is a luxury, not a right and certainly not a necessity. Of all the spending that is proposed in the latest economic stimulus package this one makes the least amount of sense to me.
Can someone please tell me the logic or reasoning (or even rationalization) behind this item? Please?