The nanny state: hands off my light bulbs!

Congress just said we can’t have incandescent bulbs in this country? Why? They don’t cause a disease! They don’t kill people! There is no rational reason for this.

This is outrageous. It’s restraint of trade. It’s bowing to the special interests and lobbyists who will make money off the “new” product. It’s the nanny state, and they have gone too far.

I hate compact fluorescents. We do have a few in the ceiling fans and in fixtures that we leave on as night lights or whatever. But! I have that visual infirmity that means I have some problems with flashing lights, and fluorescents do flash (the way they work is alternating between one ballast end and the other, sixty cycles a second). I have trouble with them sometimes. They’re harsh. What about three-way bulbs like the ones I use to read my archaic old paper books and write with my antique pen on old paper? And what if you drop one of them?! Then you have to evacuate the area, according to the EPA, because of the fumes, and it’s a hazardous clean-up. Forget that, with children, pets, and elderly people in the house.

I’ve dropped incandescent bulbs (recently), and they’re a pain to clean up, but not hazardous in that sense.

But anyhow, choice! The free market! Let people choose! All right, they might waste some energy. But that is not in the Constitution that we have to save the most energy possible. Heating a hot tub also is “wasteful” of energy, since you sit in it for only an hour or two. There are other wasteful practices. But they aren’t the government’s business.

This law was enacted by the lobbyists and special interests who will make money in selling these things at five dollars a pop. Forget it!

In Texas, a legislator has just introduced a bill that would allow incandescent bulbs made in Texas to be sold here in Texas. It would attract manufacturers here, and thus create jobs at the lower level where I am told we need them. We could have our three-way reading lights and our ambient pink bulbs again! Free market speaks!

Next up: coffee that is not decaf cannot be sold. Cola that is not diet can’t be sold. Everyone has to be neutered because they might have babies and that would take a toll on energy use. Enough!

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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