House Republicans are boldly voting to get protect the nation today, by repealing light bulb efficiency standards–a vicious (and liberal) assault on Americans’ personal freedoms. It’s not that you won’t be able to buy incandescent bulbs–you will (you won’t hear that from a grandstanding Repub, but it’s true), it’s that ALL bulbs will be more energy efficient. As the GOP knows, requiring companies to produce more efficient products is REGULATION. That’s R-E-G-U-L-A-T-I-O-N, boys and girls, and it’s a damn slippery slope to be on. It forces companies to create more fuel-efficient vehicles, which might save you money but doesn’t do spit for gas and oil companies. Encouraging energy efficiency leads to more wind and solar power, which could also cause those companies to report less than record profits. Those damn liberals will carry this hand basket straight to hell if these brave conservatives don’t save us all. The fact that there are tons of gas-guzzlers and kilowatt leeches available to all Americans doesn’t matter; each of those regulations mean newer items won’t be quite as profitable for several important lobbies.
The new Nazi-like standards will save families money and “save the country billions of dollars per year”. This was a good thing in 2007, when the bill was introduced (with a Republican as a lead sponsor). It was good when then-President Bush signed it. But it’s 20011, and things are different now. Republicans are different now. Now they believe that choice, ANY choice*, “should not be dictated by government bureaucrats” (i.e., themselves).
* Freedom of choice is not valid all areas and specifically excludes any health care that is specific to females.
Despite the continuing freedom to choose your bulb (and the fixture you put it in) Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) says: “Voters sent us a message in November that it is time for politicians and activists in Washington to stop interfering in their lives and manipulating the free market. The light bulb ban is the perfect symbol of that frustration. People don’t want congress dictating what light fixtures they can use.””
So they are fighting the war as best they can. For these Republicans, regulations are a much greater risk than defaulting on the nation’s loans, are equal to the preservation of tax cuts, and are much more important than creating jobs–and retaining their own.