This just in: The Federal Government has earmarked 1.5 billion dollars, not for education or health care, but to help consumers continue watching television.
According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle,, after ordering broadcasters to shift from analog to digital television to clear the airwaves for emergencies, the federal government has earmarked $1.5 billion to help cover the cost of thirty three million converter boxes.
Notice the appropriate use of the word “consumer.” As in, keep ’em hooked up to the great machine. Or: “Let’s make a Corporate Glory Hogging pyramid scheme that keeps Americans trapped in a deadly, lifelong cycle of working and shopping.” And: “make ’em work ’till they drop and let the insurance companies handle their health care!”
This is our cue to run out into the street and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” as Howard Beale shouted in the 1976 movie, “Network” about Television.
Even better yet, if you don’t want to support the corporate machine, order the coupons and burn them. Seriously.