Here's a solution I could get behind:
Set up donations or a kickstarter for the weather channel to be privately funded.
Those that back it can have their "life saving" services.
Those that don't don't get access to it.
Don't waste taxpayer money by bombarding "Congress" and co. to "force" Directtv to keep an unprofitable channel.
If the weather channel is as critical as you think it is then why are their viewer numbers so low? The numbers don't lie when it comes to what Direct TV keeps and axes, people would rather watch Duck Dynasty and Kim Kardtrashian than the weather channel.
I really wish we could opt out of having our tax money go towards things we disagree with.
100% transparency and opt-in would be wonderful for our government.
$100 hammers would disappear, programs that are literally 100% waste would disappear.
Appropriations should be opt-in by default with enough taxes being taken out that there is "enough" funding.
I don't need the weather channel.
I will never be in a situation where i need the weather channel on TV.
If it's a potentially life saving service that people "might" need, then they should pay for it out of their own pocket.
I'm under no obligation to donate to charities who's mission statements I disagree with or who's products I don't believe in, and I believe that things like the weather channel should either be a for profit business or a charity that people can CHOOSE to fund.
/In before the shit storm claiming I don't care about people.