Priorities … Senate Votes to Turn Down TV Commercials, But No Vote on Budget or Bush Tax Cuts


CALM down America … the 2010 midterm elections are right around the corner.

Wonder why Congress has an approval rating lower than pond scum? Talk about legislation that is cutting edge and important to America and the economy! This Congress acts like a bad SNL skit. Politicians actually wonder why “WE THE PEOPLE” are upset?

The US Senate has voted to turn down the volume on TV commercials. That is correct. Congress could not vote on a budget or on the Bush tax cuts before they run away from Washington, DC but they found time to vote on breaking legislation like the audio volume of TV ads. UNREAL!

Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it’ll soon become law.

The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt.

The House has passed similar legislation. Before it can become law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the Nov. 2 election.

As Weasel Zippers says, CALM down America … November 2 is right around the corner. Let your voice and opinion be heard. The economy is slipping back into a double dip recession, unemployment is at near 10% nationally, underemplymnetis at 18.8%, the federal debt is out of control and Obamacare is a fiasco as health care cost are rising … but the Democrat controlled Congress finds time for the important things like regulating the volume of a commercial. Way to go folks.

Its title is the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a co-sponsor, said it’s time to stop the use of loud commercials to startle viewers into paying attention. “TV viewers should be able to watch their favorite programs without fear of losing their hearing when the show goes to a commercial,” he said.

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Priorities … Senate Votes to Turn Down TV Commercials, But No Vote on Budget or Bush Tax Cuts”

    1. jodyo on October 1st, 2010 8:46 am

      Lest we forget one of the other accomplishments of the Democrats during the past 2 yrs., Specter also found lots of time to devote hearings to major league baseball and who did or did not take steroids way back when. Now there’s something that will definitely effect everyone’s life! On second thought, while Specter and his colleagues were chasing retired baseball players, they had less time to spend on all the awful laws they haven’t managed to pass (YET.)

    2. NGBoston on October 1st, 2010 2:34 pm

      Hey, Monkeys:

      Sorry to post off topic but—-let’s insert another one of those frayed Monkey pics with the WTF caption underneath.

      Here is another WTF moment from this Administration:

      Damnit! This is yet another outrage AND HUGE waste of Federal Funds.

    3. YakItUp on October 2nd, 2010 9:28 am

      If you’ll permit me, I’d like to comment on one particular point from your posting.

      The Bush tax cuts are going to expire at the end of 2010 exactly as the law that Bush enacted calls for. The facts are just that simple.

      Any tax cuts enacted now would by simple extension be the Obama tax cuts (Bush left office almost 2 years ago and really can’t have legislation using his name). Any credit for tax cuts enacted now should go to Obama as the current president.

      One more fact; the best line I heard this week was how awful it would be for those in the top income tax bracket to have to pay an additional $.04 tax on every taxable dollar earned above the $250,000 level. Next thing you know they’ll be filing for bankruptcy.
      SM: That still does not explain why Democrats would not hold a vote on the Bush tax cuts before the 2010 midterm elections. The continued uncertainty in what to expect as tax expore continues the uncertainlty in the economy.


    4. YakItUp on October 2nd, 2010 1:47 pm

      Well, we might agree on something. I can’t say I understand why there was no pre-election vote on the Obama tax cuts, especially not having a separate vote on saving $.04 more per dollar of high taxable incomes.

      Obviously, the vote to eliminate the coming Bush tax increase would easily pass the House and Senate. I also strongly believe that a vote to save $.04 per dollar of high income taxes would fail. I’ve yet to hear any cogent argument that explains why this is necessary or even good. The additional debt alone is staggering, and for what public gain?

      Because of these near certain outcomes, I can’t think there is any real uncertainty among the thinking public. For those who really believe that there will be higher taxes for the general public, I consider that a lack of understanding, which is in itself a factor in seeing uncertainty anywhere they are likely to look.

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