Opinion piece on the demise of the 100-watt bulb.
"Because the end of days is drawing nigh. Not in the Biblical sense, but in
the Environmental Protection Agency sense: there were only a scant eight
weeks (now only seven) before the end of the light bulb as we know it. As
of January 1, 2012, Americans will have their freedom of light bulb choice
snuffed out by an omnibus 2007 law requiring that general-purpose bulbs be
25% more energy-efficient than the current, justly-beloved, incandescent
So what is next on the governments list of let's end this so we can
transfer all the production to China, India, or someplace else?
I expect any day now they will set a new rule in place that you are
limited to a single sheet of toilet paper when you take a crap and
will hire thousands of watchdog government employees to watch you and
enforce the rules. At that point I will finally be willing to invite
them to wipe my ass for me but until then get your damn regulations
off my back and out of my house.
Right toward the end I imagine A-19s will be a dime each, so pack some
away if you want to keep them. I bet the legal incandescents will
spike in price too since the manufacturers won't have big lines
running so you probably want to rathole some appliance bulbs.
It's the silliness of government trying to solve the wrong problem, which,
if they stayed completely out of it, wouldn't be a problem at all.
In the instant case, the difficulty is not too many incandescent bulbs; the
problem is too few power plants.
"But," you may say, "CFLs reduce our demand for electricity!" Yes, and
computers, electric cars, and a mania for toasted strawberry pop-tarts
continues to drive demand up. More power generation will be needed next week
or next year. At best, limiting consumer choices by mandating CFLs or
prune-flavored poptarts merely delays the real solution.
Very true. Now consider how differently things might be if the
government had just stayed the hell out of trying to manage the oil
industry in the first place. Just wonder what might have developed
differently if the government hadn't imposed a cap on oil prices until
we were totally dependent on foreign oil. Every time the government
gets involved with anything in an attempt to control it they either
drive it out of the country or drive the prices through the roof.
They have had a strangle hold on healthcare for many years now and the
result has been nothing short of a disaster. The entire healthcare
system revolves around Medicare and Medicaid now and will only get
worse in the future if Obamacare is upheld. We are already spending
100's of millions (throughout the country) trying to get ready for the
implementation of Obamacare and most of it hasn't even started yet.
And that is on top of the already out of control costs of the current
regulations. The actual cost of the delivery of the healthcare
service hasn't risen nearly as much as the costs for compliance,
oversight, billing, collections, and other non-healthcare related
costs. It is all those associated costs that are going up even more
with the Obamacare fiasco.
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