So it seems California is bankrolling the federal level even while going bankrupt itself.
True enough. Meanwhile, here in my County, a few of the local Mayors had a press conference to complain that municipalities were the ones being raped and pillaged, unjustly, by the State, and in precisely the same fashion. I guess that just "shows to go ya" that shit rolls downhill.
As for me, from where I sit, my extended unemployment benefits are cynically referred to as the "landlord stimulus program". Its paid so that home owners can pay their property tax.
Its all just musical dollars going round and round and any minute now the music is gonna stop again.
I think that it is incredibly naive to believe that the FCC or the DHS has anything other than their own interests in mind when making decisions. History has unfortunately, shown this to be largely true.
You give the system too much credit: You assume they're organized enough to even know what their own interests are, let alone not stomping their own dicks in the stampede to get it. The government is a disorganized blob of conflicting interests, groups, organizations, and often counter-productive and poorly organized in whatever endeavor it undertakes.
You should be thankful you don't get all the government you pay for.
The thing is the longer you wait between release of a peice of entertainment media and watching it the more chance someone will reveal the ending to you which kinda spoils the suspense. This is especially true if the peice of entertainment is popular among those you interact with (and barely true at all if noone you interact with cares about it).
We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.