Originally Posted by TheFranchise
The same way rebate companies limit one rebate per address, I reckon.
Originally Posted by 4HiMarks
The same way they enforce a limit of two coupons. They look your address up in their database and if you already got your allotment, your claim is denied.
What database would the government use, what database includes all persons (tax rolls don't, state drivers license don't).
The comments I was speaking to were saying about having it handled over the net or mail in rebates to save costs.
If people could get coupons (either real or virtual) by other than snail mail then fraud would be huge. People could apply for everyone on their block and get their coupons, they may not get the money but you would be deprived of your coupons.
Not everyone has the net to get real or virtual coupons. That is why there is voice phone access to coupons.
Sending and processing rebates is costly. I think they had people think of the program and came up with this method to be the least cost to administer combined with least fraud potential combined with easiest to use and be the most beneficial and fair to the most people in a forced transition.
I'm no fan of big government but I can find more flaws in the alternate proposals then I do in this method. Having the coupons sent to an address seem to give most ease of use, least fraud and reach the most people at the least cost of all the methods.
Taxes and licensing and zoning and building codes have all been government rules for a long time (our whole life time). I can't think (morning brain with only two coffees) of any other forced government program other than the military draft that has affected so many people as this program that has started and affected so many people in our lifetime. So this is a new experience for the population and government.
I don't think this transition will be easy for all people. Urban people (who may have 3 to 10 stores to more easily travel to) will be the least affected spending $10 or $20 for each set (for two sets) and maybe a small amount more for a better set top antenna(s). Costs to rural people will be more, either in higher costs of CECB through mail order or time/gas to travel to stores, as well as external antenna upgrades that they will more likely need. Certainly there will be lots of people who will fall through the cracks on this transition.