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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

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    [...] They are competing with each other, and the value received is a helluva lot more than I used to get watching Howdy Doody in black and white when we visited my uncle.
    Again you confuse choice for competition. Did cable TV rates decrease as satellite TV became mainstream? Did cable make more channels available, for no additional cost, as satellite TV became mainstream?

    I would further note that you can now watch a colorized Howdy Doody in high definition for the same price as the original -- free, over broadcast channels. Who mandated that value-added change to HDTV which cost you not one cent? Why, the government did... imagine that.

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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

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    [...] The real screw-ups came during the Clinton years, when loyalists who had defended him were rewarded with plum positions where they could make millions for themselves. Bush43 tried to clean it up, but got sidetracked by 9/11 and obstructed by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, who also managed to make things a helluva lot worse with their sorry bill before they escaped from Congress.
    Now I see why you're so interested in cable TV prices -- no Fox News on the free broadcast channels

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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

    Quote Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
    If you inquire past the billboard sign as to who actually owns the local franchise, I think you will be surprised. The big company may own the name, but a local company usually owns the franchise.
    Gas stations for example: BP stations are locally 'owned' but must follow BP rules. Effectively they are 'owned' by BP. Very few other gas stations are 'locally' owned. The corperate rules that local franchises must follow make them effectively slaves of corperate; it's free enterprise, just todays style. Try again.



    The real screw-ups came during the Clinton years, when loyalists who had defended him were rewarded with plum positions where they could make millions for themselves. Bush43 tried to clean it up, but got sidetracked by 9/11 and obstructed by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, who also managed to make things a helluva lot worse with their sorry bill before they escaped from Congress.[/QUOTE] Didn't you claim Obama did it? I'll check.

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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

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    Now I see why you're so interested in cable TV prices -- no Fox News on the free broadcast channels
    Ah, but we had CSPAN. And the 9/11 hearings were most instructive. Agreed on the free broadcast channels, though - they were (and are) so completely under the thumb of the FCC that they have all become agents of the Ministry of Truth. Along with those cable channels that are subsidiary to big corporations that feed at the public trough.
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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

    Quote Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
    [...] Agreed on the free broadcast channels, though - they were (and are) so completely under the thumb of the FCC that they have all become agents of the Ministry of Truth. [...]
    I see that you're a frequent watcher of the Looney Tune channel...

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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

    C-SPAN = Looney Tunes? Yep, you're a progressive all right.
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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

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    C-SPAN = Looney Tunes? Yep, you're a progressive all right.
    Strawman. Yep, you're a right wing talk media fan all right

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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

    Quote Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
    They are competing with each other, and the value received is a helluva lot more than I used to get watching Howdy Doody in black and white when we visited my uncle.
    Wow! When did they start charging money to use broadcast TV signals?!?
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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

    Quote Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
    Look again. Bush didn't throw money at Solyndra, Fisker, et al.
    No, he threw money at the "too big to fail" companies - Bank of America, Citibank, etc - which is where this track of the thread started.
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    Re: Paul Ryans Budget Plan Hits Federal Workers

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Wow! When did they start charging money to use broadcast TV signals?!?
    Where in the world did you get that screwy idea? WTF are you talking about?
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