Government subsidised pay television?

The mind reels.

McCain seeks funds to speed digital-TV shift.

So … television is an essential service, and the government is providing funding so that I can have my MTV? Am I really understanding this correctly?

I realize that a billion dollars is loose change to these guys, but to have my tax money used to pay for impoverished families to watch Big Brother (or whatever The Show is right now) simply boggles my mind.

If you haven’t read Farenheit 451 yet, please go do so now, ok?