Analog conversion

I keep hearing about how the conversion from analog to digital in television broadcasts is going to be some sort of armageddon. That 19 million americans are going to suddenly be awash in panic and darkness as their TV sets stop being able to pull pablum from the air. That we need to step up production of $40 coupons to keep these folks connected to their glowing lifeline.

I keep asking myself “why do I care?”

On the other hand, that’s a measly billion bucks for converter boxes. What if we spent $700B and gave everyone free HD cable instead of a retirement account (that they didn’t get back anyway)?

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