Pay for your weather twice

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  1. primroselane

    primroselane Well-Known Member

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    If you pay income taxes you pay for weather balloons, weather radars, weather satellities, as well as all the people who monitor and maintain these devises.

    Sen. Rick Santorum, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate leadership, has at least 14 commercial weather companies in his home state of Pennsylvania, including powerhouse AccuWeather. In April, Santorum introduced the National Weather Services Duties Act of 2005, which states that with the exception of the "preparation and issuance of severe weather forecasts and warnings designed for the protection of life and property of the general public," the National Weather Service must not provide any product or service "that is or could be provided by the private sector."

    What Accuweather wants is for you to have to pay them for weather information. Right now, you can get National Weather Service information free, just like Accuweather does. Accuweather wants you to have to pay them for the NWS information.

    Not exactly what I call 'free enterprise.'
     
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    ...............So , let me project a scenerio , .....Small (poor town) in Oklahoma...An F5 is roaring down the 2 lane FM and NOBody in this town is signed UP to Pay Accu Wx their Monthly "protection fee" , So No Notice from the Noaa , etc . Or they would be notified in an Emergency??? This is a Load of DO DO from the Bush Adm . fordy.. :)
     

  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Well-Known Member

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    That's my Senator Dick Santorum, always on the side of the average Joe!
     
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    Same with Marine weather. but death usually is a money maker for somebody.

    mikell
     
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    65284 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hey Fordy,

    Do you have reading comprehension problems or do you just go blind with rage at the sight of the word Republican? This clearly makes your projected scenario seem silly :with the exception of the "preparation and issuance of severe weather forecasts and warnings designed for the protection of life and property of the general public," Unless you don't consider ...An F5 roaring down the 2 lane an emergency.
     
  6. primroselane

    primroselane Well-Known Member

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    Zippy, you are right. If a tornado was bearing down on us, the compassionate conservative Republicans would not make us pay twice for that weather information, should we be in a position to receive it. Of course, the earlier reports of possible bad weather development and warning would be denied to us. The exact point of how close a hurricane has to be before Republicans let you have the same free information Accuweather gets has not been determined.

    But, hey, I see the politicians point, it costs money to run for office. (Of course, if they don't run for office, they don't have to give the money back).