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Federal Bureaucrats: Get Your Dirty Hands Off Of Our Light Bulbs

In the United States today, thousands upon thousands of ridiculous federal regulations tightly control almost every area of our lives.  One example of this is that starting on January 1st, we are no longer going to be able to buy certain kinds of light bulbs in the United States.  Back in 2007, President George W. Bush signed a law that mandates the following: "Manufacturers will no longer be able to make the 100-watt Thomas Edison bulb after Jan. 1, 2012, followed by the 75-watt version in Jan. 2013, and the the 60- and 40-watt bulbs in Jan. 2014."  Yes, you read that correctly.  Federal bureaucrats are running wild and the nanny state has decided that you are simply not going to have the choice to buy traditional light bulbs anymore.  So why the change?  Incandescent light bulbs have not been proven to be unsafe and consumers still want to buy them.  The new CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs are more expensive and are actually worse for the environment.  So why was this law passed?  The feds passed it because they decided that existing light bulbs use too much energy and have too large of a "carbon footprint".  Instead of giving us choices and attempting to persuade us to change, the federal government is ramming their will down our throats.  Well, it is about time that we told the federal bureaucrats that are trying to take our freedoms away that we want them to get their dirty hands off of our light bulbs.

Thankfully there are some members of the House and Senate that are seeking to repeal this law, but right now it looks extremely doubtful that a repeal would ever be signed into law by Barack Obama.

Some people may not think that light bulbs are a big deal, but the truth is that the fact that the government tells us what kind of light bulbs to buy is just another sign of how rapidly liberty and freedom are dying in this country.

The founding fathers intended for this nation to have a very limited central government and lots of room for liberty and freedom.

But today we are "fenced in" by thousands and thousands and thousands of government regulations.  We only get to enjoy very small amounts of  "liberty" and "freedom" within the very-tightly defined boundaries that the federal government has set up for us.

Unfortunately, this "control grid" has been developing for decades.  The elite that make up America's ruling class are raised and educated to believe that they know better than the rest of us how things should be done.  They are taught all through school that it is their "responsibility" to impose their vision of "a better life" on all the rest of us.  To the ruling elite, we are all just a bunch of sheep that do not even understand what is best for us.

If it seems like the people running this country are a bunch of "control freaks", that is because that is exactly what they are.  They are smug, arrogant and convinced that they are better than you are.  They believe that democracy needs to be "directed" and that all of us need to be told what to do and what to believe.

But it is not just politicians that have these attitudes.  The elites that own and operate the mainstream news have these attitudes as well.

Do you ever get the impression that television news is "talking down" to you?

Well, that is because that is exactly what is happening.

The people that own and deliver the news come from wealth and privilege.  They have been "educated" at schools like Yale, Harvard and Stanford.  They live in cities like New York and Los Angeles and they mingle with the ultra-wealthy and the very famous.  They feel like they are making the world a better place by not only delivering the news but also by telling you what you should think about it.

So when the "establishment" passes a law that bans you from buying certain kinds of light bulbs, most of those in the "establishment" media are going to back them up on it.

The establishment has decided that the rest of us are not smart enough to want "the green agenda" on our own, so they are just going to start imposing it on all of us.

So what is so great about the new light bulbs?

Well, the new light bulbs that they are trying to push on us use less energy and therefore leave less of a "carbon footprint".

But instead of giving us a choice and trying to make their case, they are just banning the old light bulbs that we have been using for decades.

What kind of "freedom of choice" is that?

In addition, these new light bulbs are actually worse for the environment and they have been known to cause health problems.

The following are just a few of the known issues with CFL bulbs....

*When a CFL light bulb is broken it releases high levels of mercury into the air.

*The quality of light produced by CFL bulbs is poorer.

*CFL bulbs are dimmer.

*CFL bulbs tend to flicker and this causes some people to become dizzy or ill.

*CFL bulbs have been associated with migraine headaches and sleep abnormalities.

*CFL bulbs are so toxic that they require special disposal.

*The mercury in CFL bulbs is particularly harmful to fetuses and children.

*The amount of mercury in a CFL bulb is enough to make 1,000 gallons of water unsafe for human consumption.

So what do you do if you break one of these toxic little bulbs in your home?

Well, you better have a few hours to set aside.  The following are some of the guidelines from Maine's Department of Environmental Protection on how to properly clean up a broken CFL bulb....

What if I accidentally break a fluorescent lamp in my house?

The lamp contains a small amount of mercury, but you can clean this up yourself if you do the following:

* Do not use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the breakage. This will spread the mercury vapor and dust throughout the area and could potentially contaminate the vacuum.

* Keep people and pets away from the breakage area until the cleanup is complete.

* Ventilate the area by opening windows, and leave the area for 15 minutes before returning to begin the cleanup. Mercury vapor levels will be lower by then.

* For maximum protection and if you have them, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the sharp glass.

* Carefully remove the larger pieces and place them in a secure closed container, preferably a glass container with a metal screw top lid and seal like a canning jar. A glass jar with a good seal works best to contain any mercury vapors inside.

* Next, begin collecting the smaller pieces and dust. You can use two stiff pieces of paper such as index cards or playing cards to scoop up pieces.

* Pat the area with the sticky side of duct tape, packing tape or masking tape to pick up fine particles. Wipe the area with a wet wipe or damp paper towel to pick up even finer particles.

* Put all waste and materials into the glass container, including all material used in the cleanup that may have been contaminated with mercury. Label the container as “Universal Waste - broken lamp.”

* Remove the container with the breakage and cleanup materials from your home. This is particularly important if you do not have a glass container.

* Continue ventilating the room for several hours.

* Wash your hands and face.

* Take the glass container with the waste material to a facility that accepts “universal waste” for recycling.

Have you got all that?

You might want to be very careful not to drop any light bulbs in the future.  As you can see, cleaning one up in a huge pain.

But all in the name of conforming to the "green agenda" of the ruling elite, eh?

You know what one of the saddest things about all of this is?

This freedom-killing regulation was signed into law by George W. Bush.  Millions of Republicans went along with it because they were just blindly following whatever Bush did.

Well, you know what?

Bush was an absolutely horrible president and if Republicans want to have any credibility they need to start admitting that.

The elitist Bush passed lots of freedom killing laws like this one, and now the elitist Obama is cramming them down all of our throats.

The sad truth is that Bush and Obama are much more alike than they are different.

Fortunately, there are still a few members of the U.S. government that have some common sense.

For example, have you seen the recent video of U.S. Senator Rand Paul questioning Kathleen Hogan, the deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency at the Energy Department?

During a recent hearing in the Senate, Rand Paul told Paul told Hogan "my toilets don't work in my house. And I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house."

Video of this exchange is posted below....

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann has also come out against these ridiculous regulations.  She recently had the following to say about her new bill to repeal the light bulb ban....

"The government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy."

She is right about that.

Federal bureaucrats should quit trying to be little "gods".  They are supposed to be "public servants".  Americans are fully capable of getting along just fine without the federal government micromanaging every single little detail of our lives.

How can we claim that we are still living in a country that cherishes liberty and freedom if things have progressed this far?

Sadly, every new crop of federal bureaucrats just seems to be worse than the one before it and the U.S. government just continues to grow in size.  There are thousands upon thousands of control freaks that sit in their offices all day thinking of new ways to tighten the "Big Brother" control grid that is being constructed all around us.

Do you feel like you are being suffocated by all of this government control sometimes?

Well, you are not alone.

The truth is that there are millions of Americans that are absolutely sick of it.

It is time for the federal government to get off our backs.

We don't need some sick, twisted control freaks in Washington D.C. telling us what light bulbs we can or cannot buy.

We are Americans, and our forefathers bled and died so that we could enjoy liberty and freedom in this land.  They did not sacrifice so much so that a bunch of elitists could impose a nanny state on all of us and micromanage all of our lives.

We just want the basic liberties and freedoms that we were taught about as we grew up.

Is that too much to ask?

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  • PaulF

    I recently bought a crapload of these new lightbulbs for our home and was not even aware of the dangers should one break. Glad I saw this.

  • impeachRonPaul

    When does it end?

    Republicans want to decide who can get married

    Republicans want to decide if a woman can have an abortion.

    Republicans want to decide ewligion for us.

    What happened to personal responsibility?
    Freedom of choice.

    Republicans we do not look to you politcians to know how to raise our families. Leave us alone.

    • http://www.vdare.com Name Required

      “Republicans want to decide ewligion for us.”

      I guess you meant “religion” rather than “ewligion”.

      How do you “decide religion”?
      Which republicans want to do that?
      How do they want to do it?

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    Here is some more great news:

    (1) The last remaining incandescent light bulb factory in the US has closed.

    (2) Fluorescent light bulbs can only be manufactured with rare earth elements that are only available from Communist China.

    (3) An overhead nuclear explosion (EMP) could destroy all of our fluorescent light bulbs.

    Add a good supply of 40 watt incandescent light bulbs to your emergency supplies while you can.

    Thank you idiots in Washington

    • Michael

      Thank you for those excellent points.

      I was not aware of those things.

      Michael

  • Dan

    A lot of kids with autism can’t function under fluorescent, they need the incandescent bulbs or they shut down. Also affects other kids on the autism spectrum to varying degrees.

  • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

    Well, I agree with the political point of your post. But to address a couple of the practical points, I personally think CFLs are great. I recently replaced all the bulbs in my house with CFLs. I’m very conservative about electricity usage in general, and made no changes in that, and there has been a big decrease in my bills since. The quality of CFLs has enormously increased, the light is EXCELLENT and they are not dimmer (though a year ago, that wasn’t the case). Just get the right wattage equivalent. I have no flickering. You can choose the color temperature you want from a very wide range. This is the key. Try out a few of the warmer or daylight temp bulbs for a couple of weeks to get used to the change, and you’ll never go back.

    Speaking as one of those mad-scientist-nerd-kids from the 60′s who played with balls of mercury in my bare hands more than once, I think the precautions might be a tad dire in tone. Oh wait, maybe that does explain a few lapses in lucidity lately : )

    • Michael

      Those are some very valid points.

      What gets me going is that they are taking our choice away.

      I don’t have any problem with people choosing the new bulbs if that is what they want.

  • Corbett

    One reason that the feds passed this law was because big corporations make the CFL bulbs. They paid a great deal of money to have the cheaper alternative banned.

    • http://www.vdare.com Name Required

      “One reason that the feds passed this law was because big corporations make the CFL bulbs.”

      So… doesn’t (didn’t) “big corporations” make “ordinary” bulbs? Who else does (did) it?

  • Sean

    that was absolutely awesome….. my toilet sucks, i have to double flush (waste twice a much water) every time.

    they would monitor the air intake into our lungs if they could.

    Ron Paul 2012

    • http://www.vdare.com Name Required

      “my toilet sucks, i have to double flush (waste twice a much water) every time.”

      What a luxury. I don’t even have a water toilet. Or any in-house toilet for that matter.

  • http://none Bob

    Yet another unconstitutional “Law”!!!

  • Oz Boy with Attitude

    I like many other citizens of the world thought that most americans had to be told what to think otherwise they dont think at all! I find it interesting that a country that believes the myth that anyone can rise to be leader of the Free World [thats a laugh] (which may be true if your parents happen to be multi millionaires and connected with either Big Oil, Big Guns or Big Chemcials) have the attitude that they cant change anything and just sit back and watch dancing with the stars and waiting for the flavoured pringle.

    • Lorenzo

      I like many other citizens of the world also. Commas work, ‘tude boy. Use ‘em.

  • BG.

    Isn’t there a bit of a contradiction here? I agree that governments should not be managing our personal affairs but there is no doubt that in some instances government regulation and intervention is necessary. I’m not saying that is the case here. I don’t know enough about the light bulbs but certainly the fact they last for years and consume much less electricity are important factors for me. But to get back to the idea of less government, we have seen what happens when the government steps back and deregulates. We get a financial crisis because the banks and investment firms will do the stupidest and riskiest of things to make the elite richer, and corporations will pollute, steal and take advantage of the weak all for profit. So what is the solution? How do we draw the distinction? Is it bad, as an example, for the government to tell us not to smoke even though it is for our good and to lessen the burden on the healthcare system? Personally I certainly do not trust Wall Street or corporations to regulate themselves. So how do we strike the balance between personal liberties and the protection of the public? Any thoughts?

  • Mark McBee

    ban all light bulbs except the LED light bulbs.

  • Erin

    Once the old lights are replaced with CFLs then coal and gas power plants will be shut down. Time to get kerosene lamps.

    • http://www.vdare.com Name Required

      “Once the old lights are replaced with CFLs then coal and gas power plants will be shut down.”

      Yes, naturally! Non-incandescent ligthing, heating, cooling, cooking, cleaning and electric appliances does not cosume electricity at all. Miraculously enough!

  • Liberte

    There was a time in the Marine Corps where we were all forced to purchase the General Krulak boot. This boot was a piece of crap.

    I am sure that retired Gen. Krulak, or whoever was making those boots, was laughing all the way to the bank.

    Same corruption here, bigger scale.

  • John

    The antiterrorist did a great broadcast on this a few months ago,its called seeing the light.a must see,when we all wake up?

  • Dan McDonald

    I wonder how much this everything must have a law and be regulated is due to our being a democracy. Democracies usually start out well but end poorly. Why? Could it be that Democracy by nature is collectivism? In Democracies, representatives always campaign on changes they will make, meaning new laws continually. We need to realize that our Founding Fathers wished to create not a democracy but limited government. Almost all of us have a desire in some area to regulate others’ lives. In democracy the collective gets to put these desires to regulate one another’s lives. The best way to change it, demand limited government and be willing to live with the consequences when you have this brilliant idea of how the world would be better if everybody just . . .

    • LaTrisha

      But you are wrong. We are NOT a democracy. We are a republic. They are not the same thing at all. Our founding fathers did create a limited form of government. We just have too many stupid people letting corrupt, power-mad, elitist types grab more and more power, ignoring the constitution. The sheeple are letting them get away with it, in part because they swallow the lie about us being a democracy.

  • karen

    THIS IS A WARNING!!! PLEASE LISTEN, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE EARTHQUAKES HERE IN THE STATES, THE NEW MADRID FAULT AREAS, CA. ALL THE FAULT AREAS GET AWAY FROM THE NEW MADRID FAULT AREA.

  • Phrygian cap, aka Michael2

    Control causes confusion because power is an illusion and the elite suffer from the grandeur of their delusions.

    There is an age old problem that those at the top of the pyramid always forget, they cannot kill ideas. Many billions of people have been killed throughout history by power freaks in an attempt to have ultimate power and control. Yet it is always the humblest of people like Spartacus, Mahatma Ghandi, Susan B. Anthony or Martin Luther King Jr. for examples that provide the ideas that stop the megalomaniacs. They will never be able to kill the ideas and principles that America was founded on, no matter what scare tactics are use or how many are imprisoned or killed.

    Michael points out for instance that his objection is to how they are taking away choice. They have their hands full in trying to subjugate Americans to the Globalist agenda and they always will.

    Here is what some people are doing in response to the corporate driving Globalist agenda,

    Maryland County Abolishes Agenda 21 – Now it’s Your Turn,

    “But under the radar, completely overlooked by the mass media, is the unprecedented move recently taken by newly-elected Carroll County, Maryland Commissioners Richard Rothschild, Robin Frazier, Haven Shoemaker, Dave Roush and Doug Howard, who abolished the County’s Office of Sustainability. They then voted unanimously to drop out of the UN’s International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). They are the first governmental organization to do so.”

    If you think that the light bulb thing is controversial check out the implications of the Codex Alimentarius for those that do not know of it.

    “The controversy over the Codex Alimentarius relates to a perception that it is a mandatory standard for food—including vitamin and mineral supplement—safety.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Alimentarius

  • Phrygian cap, aka Michael2

    By the way tell the truth about Social Security it absolutely is not an “entitlement”. What is happening in America is NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DID OR HAVE DONE!!

    STOP HATING ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. . .

    Stealing from Social Security to pay for Wars and Bailouts, by Paul Craig Roberts

    Alas, Social Security is an unfunded liability, because all the money working people put into it was stolen by Republicans and Democrats in order to pay for wars and bailouts for mega-rich bankers like Goldman Sachs.

    What I am about to tell you might come as a shock, but it is the absolute truth, which you can verify for yourself by going online to the government’s annual OASDI and HI reports. According to the official 2010 Social Security reports, between 1984 and 2009 the American people contributed $2 trillion, that is $2,000 billion, more to Social Security and Medicare in payroll taxes than was paid out in benefits.

    What happened to the surplus $2,000 billion, or $2,000,000,000,000.

    Alas, Social Security is an unfunded liability, because all the money working people put into it was stolen by Republicans and Democrats in order to pay for wars and bailouts for mega-rich bankers like Goldman Sachs.

    What I am about to tell you might come as a shock, but it is the absolute truth, which you can verify for yourself by going online to the government’s annual OASDI and HI reports. According to the official 2010 Social Security reports, between 1984 and 2009 the American people contributed $2 trillion, that is $2,000 billion, more to Social Security and Medicare in payroll taxes than was paid out in benefits.

    What happened to the surplus $2,000 billion, or $2,000,000,000,000.

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/stealing-from-social-security-to-pay-for-wars-and-bailouts.html

  • Pixie

    Besides these light bulbs not working very well – they are full of mercury. Don’t break one and how do you throw them away!!??

    Talking about the worthless low-flush toilets, have you heard that there is now a problem of sludge backup because of the low flow. And you have to flush twice many times – where is the savings?

    I’ve purchased enough “old” lightbulbs to last the rest of my life. I refuse to use those dangerous, worthless “new” ones. I hope this bill is repealed.

  • impeachRonPaul

    Ron Paul is against personal freedom. He wants the state GOVERMENT to have power over our families. He wants to force his narrow reliogion on everyone. Just like the Al Queda, Ron Paul wants to strip our freedom away and replace it with a religous dictatorship. Kind of a western Afghanastan.

    Support Freedom, Impeach Ron Paul!

  • impeachRonPaul

    Funny the author is not bothered when Rand Paul and Michelle Bachman think they know what is best for our religion and force theirs on us.

    You said they think “we need to be told what to believe” That is exactly what the religous right is doing. They are forcing their religion and taking our freedom. I am sure the author does not mind that though…

  • http://www.grandmasdepressionmemories.com/ Leigh Kimmel

    When you’ve got a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail.

    The legislators and bureaucrats in Washington have the coercive power of the state, so they think that making a law is the solution to everything.

  • Eric Blood Axe

    Actually, Swan invented the light bulb, Edison stole the idea.

  • Bob

    Has anyone thought about what would happen if a little kid breaks one of these new bulbs, and there is no adult around? This is outrageous.

  • Nick

    All good points! BUT what are we supposed to do about it? I vote, I email my congressman, etc. BUT NOTHING CHANGES! It only gets worse.

  • DownWithLibs

    I hate to admit it, but I believe this proves that the Gov. is trying to thin out the herd – forcing us to buy poisonous light bulbs. Of course it could also just be a favor to one of the biggest Dem-backers, GE.

  • JulietteofOhio

    I bought one gross, twelve dozen, incandescent bulbs in various wattage, trying to hold on to my self respect for another year. I didn’t like Bush, either, and I despise Obama and his hideous wife, both of whom want to live the life of the Bourbon or Romanov dynasties on our dime.

    Try to get Great Value incandescents as they are (were) made here in the US. Every time I screw in a new incandescent, I feel like I’m screwing the government and kicking Congress in the balls. Childish, but oddly satisfying. Resist in any way you can, but try not to piss them off too much as the government is truly ruthless.

  • Patriot Alice

    The land of the free? Really? I’m being suffocated with regulations!

  • http://www.bestpingpongpaddle.com Jordan Foutz

    @ Bob – No kidding, I experienced this first hand 5 months ago. My kids were playing in the basement downstairs and they bounced a ball that broke one of the “environmentally friendly” bulbs which exploded and went everywhere. My kids luckily didn’t step on any of it, but I don’t know how much if any they ingested. This movement with these bulbs is a farce. I guess I’ll know how this has effected my kids in a few years.

  • Jeremiah

    What kind of headlights will we have? How about refrig and oven lights?? Will fluoresents be mandated for those applications also?

  • jeff

    These cfl’s are supposed to last much longer than regular ones. I started marking the date on the bulbs and most don’t last a year. So the cost is much more because they cost so much more. Have you seen any special waste receptacles for these or for treated lumber? I haven’t and we continue to pollute these once great country. Don’t see much in accountability and leadership in our country or around the world. Don’t think we don’t want it either, we would rather pretend everything is going to be alright and don’t take away my SUV and McMansion.

  • Paul

    We also have this law in the UK, thanks to the EU.

    There was story a while back when a lady broke one in her house. She called the council (as they were council given, people like retires get them) to ask how does she clean one up. In the end she had to pay for industrial strength cleaning of her carpet.

    However there is a loop hole in the law which was passed by the EU. You can still buy the old incandescent bulbs but only for office use. Home workers can say that their home is also their office getting around said law.

    The sad thing about the light bulb law is, in the EU and for most of Europe, Mercury is a very restricted substance for industrial use. They broke their own restriction!

  • Freemen

    Nope this one falls squaring on the Eco cult shoulders.

    Can’t drill for our own oil Thanks Eco freaks
    Can’t have regular lightbulbs thanks eco freaks
    Can’t cut trees and put Americans to work thanks eco freaks

    What party supports the Eco Freaks ?

  • http://www.danielrevelationbiblestudies.com Robert Stout

    Thank you again for such an informative article about these CFL light bulbs!! Had no idea that they were somewhat dangerous!!! Our forefathers would again, roll over in their graves to see how much control and power we have given the government!!! That is why a major REVOLUTION is coming to a city near you very soon!!! Most people are sick and tired of their constitutional rights being stripped away daily and that BIG Brother is adding another nail to our coffins by our inalienable rights destroyed by greedy politicians and the present administration before us!!! Get prepared today, because time has almost come and gone to be ready for martial law later in 2011!!!

  • mondobeyondo

    My impression is that we are being FORCED to accept/adopt CFL’s as the new format.

    So we’re just going to throw away those antique Thomas Edison incandescent lamps? The same ones that have proven successful for the past 130-odd years?

    Do the people even have a choice in the matter? (Answer: No!)

    Why fix something that isn’t broken? Because it’s more energy efficient? Bullpoopy!

    Bicycling is energy efficient, and healthy. But you still drive your car. Why??

    • Lorenzo

      Get informed, moron.

  • flubadub

    When your country convenes a body of lawmakers for the 111th time it’s no surprise to find that all the worthwhile laws have long ago been enacted. To feel like they’re earning their money the lawmakers must now produce absurd ones.

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    Maybe they should list down all the rules and regulations that this country has, and they’ll find out that most of them are all crap…

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. For details, visit http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs/

  • Ex18C

    I broke one of these the other day in my kitchen and just about fell over when I saw how to properly clean up and dispose of the broken bulb. It is amazing how for an “educated” society how stupid we have become. I took the broken bulb and another one that had burned out and placed them on my liberal neighbor’s porch.

  • john w

    “To the ruling elite, we are all just a bunch of sheep that do not even understand what is best for us.”

    Gee, I wonder why? Baaah, baaah.

  • http://LibertyPAC.com Freedom4America

    We swear to NOT use these poisonous fluorescent bulbs that will be made in China. Nope, if we have to I we will buy incandescent bulbs on the black market. That is if we are not successful in trashing that bill.

    Freemen, you left a couple things out about Eco cults.

    Can’t grow HEMP because marijuana is made illegal. HEMP is most universal crop in the world.

    Can’t take Colloidal Silver because Eco’s are paid by Big Pharmacy to stop it

    Dr. Ron Paul/Dr. Rand Paul 2012

    “Only Doctors Will Heal Our Country”

  • Davidm

    I am going to hoard all the good old 100 watt bulbs I can find. Global warming, what a crooked crock of crap. The greenies can kiss my carbon emitting ass.

  • impeachRonPaul

    Ron Paul is a religous right bigot against personal freedom. He wants to force his religion and put it into law.

  • Gary2

    These light bulbs are an invention of the 1800. This is now 2011. Get with the program. The gov needs to make people do things as most are too stupid to do them on their own. Things change, get over it.

    T­he American middle class have voted (and continue to vote) against their financial self interest.I­n large part that is because they have been bamboozled to support moral causes (anti-gay legislation, Evangelist political agendas, etc) at the expense of their economic best interests.

    Stupid tea baggers.

    • http://www.vdare.com Name Required

      “These light bulbs are an invention of the 1800.”

      I think it was invented in 1879… and it has been improved substantially since then!

      Why not ban the automobile instead? It was invented in 1769 – 110 years prior to the light bulb.

      “The gov needs to make people do things as most are too stupid to do them on their own.”

      Most? Obviously, some people are stupid enougt to use CFLs in cases where inandescents are more suitable. “Thanks to” the goverment we not-so-stupid now have to stock up on incandescents.

      Some say that the government’s your friend. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

      “Things change, get over it.”

      No problem. I really like changes. As long as the changes are for the better, mind you.

      “T­he American middle class have voted (and continue to vote) against their financial self interest.”

      Well, perhaps some of them vote for other interests than their financial self interest… Maybe they vote for other self interests than the financial – or for other inerests than their self interests. Have that ever crossed your mind?

  • RisingPhoenix

    Candles, Lamp Oil and LED flashlights sound good to me. I hate most lighting anyways. It’s annoying. Since electric lighting has only been around less than 200 yrs…. I say humanity can survive again without it.

    • Lorenzo

      I like your thinking!!

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    In addition to light bulbs, is anyone else having problems with that communist dish washing detergent that we are being forced to use?

  • possum

    It’s virtually impossible to read, sew or do any kind of close up precision work with these stupid lightbulbs. Maybe that’s the point, people who don’t read are not going to question, are they?

  • impeachRonPaul

    I am with Gary2. These bible banging bigots are taking freedom and forcing their lifestyles on everyone. Light bulbs are pretty low on the list of liberties the Republicans have stolen.

  • http://na steve

    Actually it’s not the federal bureaucrats who make these laws. It is the special interest groups who run the show in Washington. Most of us federal bureaucrats are hard working educated people doing our best to serve the American public. Once we get to Washington however, we really discover what a fascist state this country really is. The mid-level bureaucrat has very little say in what actually gets done in DC. Actually even the high level managers have no control. We are all at the mercy of the multinational corporations and banks. So please put the blame on them and not on the hard working federal worker who is looking out for your best interest.

  • http://na steve
  • Richard Allen

    Maybe its time for a bulb protest….

    Thousands gather at the White house and toss thousands of cfl bulbs into the the metal fence …leaving all that mercury for the EPA to clean up….

  • I’m Mad

    Hey F*** that, they better not F*** with my light bulbs or else I willl enlighten them. F****N flourescent bulbs cause cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/027909_compact_fluorescent_lights_health_hazard.html)

  • ryan

    Man I guess people will complain about anything these days…

    Are you guys still mad that the government banned using asbestos as insulation? Or that the government puts regulations on car mpg? Still love your old refrigerators that use freon?

    I hope you all complain more 20 years from now when the government bans CFLs in favor of whatever new, more efficient technology comes out. Change makes me frightened, which in turn makes me angry!

  • Etaoin Shrdlu

    It would have been nice had the author of this article mentioned the fact that each CFL bulb has less mercury in it than a thermometer.

    Perhaps we should ban them too?

  • Mina Ranke

    Light bulbs should be phased out because they waste so much electricity compared to LEDs and CFLs. `

    Look over our very own internet site too
    http://www.prettygoddess.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Clough/1440087605 David Clough

    Specialty and antique light bulbs are allowed under the new light bulb laws. So once the regular light bulbs are gone and the new light bulbs become the norm, then the old light bulbs will be antique and be legal again. Gotta love the lack of foresight by our lawmakers!

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