Lights Out! Big Government’s Insidious Creep Inside Your Home

July 18, 2011 06:41

Dishwashers that don’t clean dishes, toilets that barely flush and showers that sprinkle—all are the result of government mandates that supposedly will save the environment. Now government is back with more mandates that essentially ban the incandescent light bulb and the next target of federal regulators could well be the television cable box.

by  Audrey Hudson at Human


“This town is a smorgasbord of people who want to tell you how to run your life, from what light bulbs you screw into the socket, to how much water flows through your toilet,” said Rob Gordon, senior advisor for strategic outreach at the Heritage Foundation.

“They did what industry lobbyists and green groups told them to do at the risk of the health and wallets of the American people,” says Amy Ridenour , president of the National Center for Public Policy Research.

But a public backlash by consumers hoarding the old bulbs that cost about 30 cents a piece compared to about $5 for the new compact fluorescent light bulbs, plus a ten-step suggestion from the EPA on how to clean up after breaking these broken bulbs made in China that contain poisonous mercury, is pushing Congress to reverse it’s de facto ban.

“Let’s get the government out of something they shouldn’t have been in the first place,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R. – Tex.), who is sponsoring the repeal legislation.

So how many congressmen does it take to change a light bulb? Not enough, apparently.

A measure to reverse the standards failed July 12 on a 233-to-193 vote, short of the two-thirds majority votes necessary to pass the bill under the rule that brought it to the floor.


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