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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Thanks George. Cripes why can’t these people stay the hell out of our lives and leave us alone???
Your mistake is assuming that they would give a damn if they only knew. More likely, this has been pointed out to them, and they decided that they couldn't care less. After all, they are saving the planet. Remember, this is a religion to these nuts.
I’ve heard of many people stocking up on them.
Curly bulbs, lol.
Wouldn’t buying or bringing incandescent lightbulbs across state lines violate the law? Inter-state commerce?