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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Goodbye to Edison's Greatest Invention

A new law called the Energy Independence and Security Act is designed to force all Americans to stop using the light bulbs we've always known, which were invented by Thomas Edison. This law will impose environmental "standards" that will eliminate 276 versions of incandescent light bulbs by the year 2012. The drop-dead date for our favorite 100-watt light bulb is only one year away. Then, we will be ordered to buy more expensive but allegedly more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (called CFLs) made in China that are supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and force us to do our duty to save the planet.

When Elena Kagan was asked in her confirmation hearing by Senator Tom Coburn if it would be constitutional for government to order all of us to eat "three fruits and three vegetables every day," she didn't answer. That's because she is part of the Obama Administration that is committed to the unconstitutional notion that government should tell us how to spend our own money and live our lives, even within our own homes.

The essence of ObamaCare is forcing individual Americans to buy health insurance we don't want. A federal judge has ruled it unconstitutional to force Americans to buy health insurance, and that decision is now on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. I don't think we should be forced to buy light bulbs we don't want.

Congressman Cliff Stearns summed up this light-bulb problem. He said: "The misguided ban on incandescent light bulbs needs to be repealed. Banning a product that has been used safely for more than 100 years in favor of Chinese imported CFLs that pose considerable health risks is government intrusion into Americans' personal lives." Tell your Congressman you want to keep your right to use Thomas Edison's light bulbs.

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