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More Affordable, Better Functioning, Non-Mandated Light at the End of This Tunnel?

By on 9.15.10 | 5:19PM

There's some good news for those of you still shaking your heads about the news story at the heart of this item from last week.

At this time when more Americans than usual contemplate what our Founders might think of current events, it is worth a moment to stop and think about their reaction to Washington telling you what kind of light bulb you can put in your fixtures. Afer marveling at the light bulb, that is, they might also marvel that the same creatures inventing such wonders could then invent such idiocy. To the point even of sending 200 Virginia jobs making perfectly good, consumer-demanded light bulbs to China where they'll send us back in return vastly more expensive, often non-suitable gadgets requiring you call the moon-suits if you drop one.

But, like with so many of our eco-overlords' initiatives, we are to shrug and keep slouching to serfdom; this regulatory tax only hits people who use energy. I think that's "the rich". Maybe "big business" (not the ones who lobbied the mandate into place; I mean the other ones...).

Yet it seems that Cong. Joe Barton (R-TX) and some others in the House -- having seen enough, so much that even the Washington Post is stirred to something resembling sympathy and sober analysis (for the Post) -- have returned from recess with plans to introduce a bill tomorrow rolling back the absurd, abusive intrusion of the light bulb ban-slash-mandate. A straight repeal. God for him and them.

Get your popcorn to watch the debate defending this mandate.

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