Thursday, July 14, 2011

First They Came for the Light Bulbs . . . .

I think it's just a matter of being treated like a child by my very own government, but this light bulb thing is beginning to tick me off.

I didn't pay much attention when the manufacturing ban on incandescent light bulbs was first enacted -- heck, who did?  But now real-live shortages are cropping up.  I'm sure I'll wind up being "nudged" into buying the new, expensive bulbs that put out crappy light, but I don't have to be happy about it!  After all, ladies of a certain age prefer softer light.  Just ask Blanche Dubois.

On Tuesday, 228 Republicans voted yes on HR 2417 to repeal the ban; ten Republicans voted no. 183 Democrats voted no, but only five Democrats voted yes, so I'm guessing it will do me absolutely no good to contact my new, uber-Democrat (non)Representative.

This might be what we're really in for in the not-too-distant future:

There's another vote in the House, probably tomorrow, on another Bill (HR 337, energy and water appropriations) to which the Burgess amendment (to repeal the manufacturing ban) was offered today; this bill will take only a simple majority to pass.  Maybe it's not too late to wrest business decisions away from Washington and put them back in the hands of consumers.

Then again, maybe it was too late a long time ago.

Run!  The Nudge is coming!!


  1. Ooooh... thanks for the Blanche link. If enough of my blog-buds keep posting stuff like this I MIGHT get off my tired old ass and hie myself off to someplace that fits better... even if "fits better" means what used to be, rather than what is.

    As for the rest of it (your post)... you KNOW where I am on stuff like this... case in point bein' we have a lifetime supply of 100-watt incandescent bulbs stashed away. Which is pretty easy to do at this point in life, "lifetime" bein' an entirely relative thang.

  2. Heh. I even have a set of Japanese lanterns upstairs that I pull out from time to time to soften those bulbs!

  3. Our Forefathers thought the purpose of the Federal Government was to protect the people. Who is this protecting? It's all about the money and power now.

  4. See also this story from 1978:

    Way ahead of its time

  5. Wow, Harvey. That's one artfully crafted, and freakin' prescient, story! *shudder*