Resolution on TV loudness!

Steven Greenhut: The Senate is now voting on Assembly Joint Resolution 43, which urges Congress and the president to pass federal legislation for “TV loudness differential” — mandating that commercials not be so much louder than the programs. Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Ventura, offered a simple solution: “Turn your TV down.” This is far too sensible for the state’s Democrats, who recognize no area of life outside their purview. Anyway, glad there’s no pressing budget issue to resolve!

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  1. Allen J. Wilson
    Allen J. Wilson 30 August, 2010, 10:10

    Before the Sacramento legislators jump on the “TV Loudness”, How about providing closed captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing on the California Channel during legislative sessions?

    Apparently, deaf voters are not loud enough to make a difference until AB 2072 hit the Capitol Dome!

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  2. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 30 August, 2010, 11:21

    This is one cause that I couldnt agree with more. Its not just a matter of turning the TV down because if you set the volume level during a commercial you cannot hear the actual show once it comes back on, but if you set it during the show the TV speakers will damn near blow out the speakers. There is no reason for the drastic difference, it is just annoying. There will be no economic harm by requiring that everything is broadcast at the same level. Its not the most pressing issue for congress, but still one I would be happy to see passed.

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  3. CL
    CL 30 August, 2010, 13:05

    With all due respects to Tylerle13, you’re missing the big picture here.

    California’s budget is almost 60 days overdue and less than 48 hours remain in California’s 2009-2010 legislative session. Despite those harsh realities, California’s Legislature has yet to emerge from its duck-the-heavy work hibernation. As has been customary, Lawmakers would rather tackle trivial legislation than balance the budget.

    Whether or not you agree with AJR 43, the reality is that action on this measure is little more than an example of lawmakers tackling the low hanging fruit of the political world rather than the massive issues that confront Californians of all political stripes.

    James Madison, the Father of the US Constitution, said in Federalist 10:

    “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. Nor, in many cases, can such an adjustment be made at all without taking into view indirect and remote considerations, which will rarely prevail over the immediate interest which one party may find in disregarding the rights of another or the good of the whole.

    “…Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.”

    Today, enlightened statesmen are not at the helm. And while there are a scant few in government who still do adhere to the notion of public service and are still dedicated to their oaths of office and the Constitution, the controlling majority of those in our state and federal government – have come to represent everything our Founders and Framers despised in the elitists they waged war against for independence.

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  4. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 31 August, 2010, 09:04

    I agree, which is why I said it “…Isnt the most pressing issue for congress…”. I am fully aware that they are not doing their jobs and I dont see that changing anytime soon with these people still in office, so for the time being, I would rather have them working on worthless issues like this one as a way to prevent them from doing any real harm to the state with pet projects like AB32 or that moronic Plastic Bag Ban.

    When these people are given all of this idle time they create issues to make it look like they are actually doing work or “making a difference” which just leads to them spending more money, creating more taxes, and taking away freedom. If they can be distracted with simple minded useless “Resolutions” that accomplish nothing, then the state will be much better off.

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