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Progress Only Progressives Could Love

By on 9.10.10 | 12:02PM

By now you've probably read and/or heard about the much-blogged about Washington Post article earlier this week about the last incandescent light bulb plant (owned by GE) that will close soon, and put 200 people out of work, because the bulbs will be outlawed in 2014 in favor of compact fluorescents. The manufacturing of the newer technology lights will drive these jobs to China, where the manual labor required to shape the CFL squigglies is much cheaper than here -- but not cheap enough to price them lower (not even close) than incandescents. Also, as has been well-documented, the CFLs are more toxic (when broken) than incandescents because they contain mercury.

Well my local newspaper, The News & Observer of Raleigh, today got around to carrying the Post story, but their editors came up with this headline:

It's lights out as last major bulb plant falls to progress

Progress? Only in the minds of the elitist Left would job losses, higher costs, diminished consumer choice and less freedom represent "progress."

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