Our Government and You
Our fine government wants to stop giving you access to weather forecast data:
It may soon be illegal for the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue non-severe weather forecasts under the provisions of the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005, Senate Bill S.786, introduced April 14 by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. The bill's key provision (Section 2b) states that the National Weather Service cannot provide "a product or service...that is or could be provided by the private sector", with the exception of severe weather forecasts and warnings needed to protect life and property.
This sort of thing drives me up the wall. Some dick with a bunch of money decides that you shouldn't have access to information the government is tabulating on your behalf. We pay for that service with our taxes. If private enterprise can do it better and/or cheaper and make a living from it, then great. If not, then go do something else. This is corporate welfare at its worst. I think maybe I'll make a friend in the Senate and then I'll go into the census business, or do something else that the government is doing already, then I'll whine whine whine...