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California considers ban on big-screen TV’s

California considers ban on big-screen TV’s
Energy-consumption standards for televisions to be phased in over two years beginning in January 2011. A vote could come as early as Nov. 4

Examiner
October 14, 2009

In a recent report from the Los Angeles Times, it appears that California is about to take yet another choice away from its residents. Big Screen T.V.’s are apparently such a power drainer, that the legislators in California are working on legislation that would make them illegal to operate. What is the estimated annual cost of operating a big screen t.v. in your house? About $30 according to the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, industry lobbyists are fighting to get this legislation revoked from the state government, saying that the free market is actually eliminating the t.v.’s in question and replacing them with more energy efficient LCD and Plasma models. Their cries are apparently falling on deaf ears though, as the legislators in California are still pushing this needless bill through.

While the proposed bill would unlikely create much additional cost to the manufacturers, who are already, primarily creating only the LCD and Plasma t.v.’s, there are two costs to consumers. The first cost is simply the cost of having to replace the older t.v. While a lot of people are already doing this, not everyone can afford to. The second cost is to the freedom for the people of California to choose what kind of television they want to own. This is just another loss of another freedom.

I suspect, that with laws like this being even considered, that there must not be enough crime to write laws about in California. It seems that California legislators are focusing more attention on buzz word laws such as gay marriage, and green energy. Bare in mind, it was also California legislators that put a stop to the electric car. I guess they are just making up for lost time.

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Hollywood, TV and NASCAR in Bailout Bill

Hollywood Could Get Cut Of Bailout

LA Times
October 1, 2008

Hollywood would get a little unexpected boost from the proposed $700-billion bailout of the nation’s financial system.

The bill wending its way through Congress would provide tax breaks worth more than $470 million over the next decade for movie and TV producers that shoot in the U.S.

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Bailout Bill Includes Tax Break For NASCAR

Miami Herald
October 2, 2008

A tax break for NASCAR racetracks and other motor-sports facilities is among the “sweeteners” tucked inside a 450-page financial-services bailout bill to make the package more palatable to lawmakers.

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Rum, Wooden Arrows, and the Pork Barrel Bailout

George Washington’s Blog
October 2, 2008

The shock-doctrine peddlers are saying the world will end if the bailout isn’t passed. So you’d think that Congress would focus a little on fixing the financial crisis.

Instead, the Senate bailout bill includes issues of vital national importance such as :

Extension of economic development credit to American Samoa (p. 279)
Rum excise tax to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (p. 279)
Motorsports racing track facility (p. 290)
Wool modifications (p. 295)
Children and wooden arrows (p. 300)

The list goes on and on . . .

It also includes plenty of unfunded mandates.

Indeed, it seems like pork barrel politics as usual in Washington.

Bailout bill is 451 pages long
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