Thursday, October 07, 2010

The CALM Act: Yet another waste of Congressional time 

Years after remote controls and DVRs became standard equipment in most American homes, the United States Congress defers work on legislation that might actually matter to solve one of the pressing issues of the 1970s:

The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act, would require TV stations and cable channels to turn down the volume on those decibel-heavy ads that blast from the box during breaks.

A related bill has already passed in the House of Representatives. Once lawmakers get back to business after the Nov. 2 midterm elections, they'll sit down and address a handful of minor differences before sending the legislation to President Obama for his signature.

Throw them all out.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Oct 07, 06:55:00 PM:

Who cares about deferring the largest tax increase in history, one that will almost certainly cause another recession, and who cares about budgets and appropriations to keep the government running into the new fiscal year just beginning? Congress needs to get busy, because we have TV volume control and the size of shower heads to worry about!  

By Blogger Dan Kauffman, at Fri Oct 08, 09:51:00 AM:

I prefer having the control of my TV volume MYSELF

I say the government should leave me alone, first the TV volume then what next?

My thermostat? Oh Yeah they want to do that too.

When they pry my hairdrier out of my cold dead fingers ;-)  

By Blogger pam, at Fri Oct 08, 10:02:00 AM:

They are all so myopic... During last night's ballgame, as each commercial aired I thought, "Ah, but the volume is more important than _____ (fill in the blank).

I agree, waving good-bye to the whole lot of them would make me smile.  

By Anonymous Mr. Ed, at Fri Oct 08, 10:35:00 AM:

I see an opportunity for additional public school funding, and there should be one when such a pressing need is before us.

So hey, maybe we do need to set aside some class that stresses mere logical thinking, like algebra or geometry. But if it allows us to make room to add a course in the History, Use and Cultural Values of the Remote Control, I say lets go for it. For the children.


By Anonymous daniel noe, at Fri Oct 08, 10:32:00 PM:

So we should expect legislation on illegal immigration in 2050?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Oct 09, 01:57:00 PM:

Dr. K hits this same theme, with his usual effectiveness.  

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