Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Light-bulb rights showdown--States defy federal claim to meddle in fixture choice
Posted on 04/01/2011 4:53:52 PM PDT by jazusamo
State lawmakers are fed up with the federal government micromanaging their lives. The South Carolina Senate is scheduled to strike back Tuesday with a bill that asserts the 10th Amendment right of the state to tell Washington to take a hike when it comes to the sale of incandescent light bulbs manufactured within state borders.
Ever since then-President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the clock has been ticking on Thomas Edisons venerable incandescent. Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1, 2012, federal bureaucrats will begin their campaign to foist the mostly Chinese-made, compact fluorescent bulbs on a public that has shown no interest in buying them on the free market.
Palmetto State lawmakers arent interested in waiting for the feds to see the light. The South Carolina Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act declares any fixture that bears the stamp Made in South Carolina is a product of intrastate commerce and thus is not subject to federal law or federal regulation. State Rep. William E. Sandifer III, chairman of the South Carolina House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, told The Washington Times that the measure he co-sponsored has a very good chance of becoming law. I believe that it is improper for the federal government to tell us as citizens what light bulbs we can use to light our own private homes or businesses, he explained. I think the feds have overstepped our 10th Amendment constitutional rights as theyve so often done under the Commerce Clause.
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There is a resolution to this frustration that states tote.
What is there in an individuals life each day that one could point out that government doesn't have some sort of control over?
One point that the CFL Marxist overlook is that millions of
ornamental and antique light fixtures would look stupid
and become worthless with CFL bulbs.
Correct. It’s ridiculous for the feds to mandate what bulb can be used by us peons. There’s a place for both and people should make the choice for themselves.
Big BUMP! :-)
Uhhhh. Are there any lightbulbs actually made in South Carolina?
WHY did GWB sign this POS legisation? I realized he wanted to be “liked” by evironmentalists who hated him, but he could have veoted it and sent it back to committee WITHOUT the light bulb ban. Then again, his “advisors” were morons.
Oooh, maybe we can buy them from there.
I have no idea but he sure screwed up, this is a real fiasco.
Lol, thank you FRiend.
The vast bulk of the political class of both parties would seem to be almost completely divorced from real life, let alone the concept of limited government.
Toilets. We have to get commodes on the list in SC.
And washing machines and dishwashers. I forgot washing machines and dishwashers.
“Oooh, maybe we can buy them from there.”
Well, this sounds like a good idea, but... a company sets up shop in SC (pretty capital-intensive, BTW); then, the feds will set up border agents to check cars for illegal lightbulbs. A tax will be set up for enforcement on everyone (on the assumption that you are purchasing illegal lightbulbs). Far fetched?
Then the “feds” will need to be arrested and jailed.