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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Ugh, my son put four of those stupid curly bulbs in his nice vanity light fixture. Not happening here. I’m hoarding.
I love your graphic! lol
Thank you for making me smile. ;o)
There will be now. Better import some Chinamen to work there.
If it passes, I’d be willing to bet that there’d then be light bulb smugglers driving out of the state with trunkloads full of the bulbs.
And federal government officials trying to arrest them.
Valero isn’t Venezuelan, it’s based in Texas.
Citgo is, through.
FR definitely needs a “Like” button :-)
-——beginning with refusing to send any money to the damable fools of DC———
For the record, exactly what money flows to the Federal government through the hands of the states?
This seems to me like a meaningless reaction. The law seems to refer to fixtures using bulbs rather than the actual bulbs. It would seem that the intra state regulation of bulbs produced within the state should be at issue.
Since there is no facility in South Carolina making the incandescent bulbs, the effort is foolish and irrelevant.
To be meaningful, the law should state that bulbs partially manufactured any where receive the made in South carolina seal by being partially manufactured in the state. On import, stickers affixed to the bulbs complete the manufacture process and thus make them acceptable under the law of the state.
Didn’t the UN and Harry Reid just declare that unless incandescent bulbs are banned, 70,000 children a year will die? Oh, the humanity?
I agree. Thanks.
IMHO, FR also needs an Edit button on posts so the author can fix errors. That button would remain active for 15 minutes after the post. Part of the edit could be a Delete button in case you changed your mind.
Y'know, it is amazing; the quality of the human being that the Democrats usually nominate:
Barack Obama -- totally incompetent, insufferably arrogant, a Marxist.
John Kerry -- totally incompetent, insufferably arrogant, a traitor.
Bill Clinton -- just incredibly corrupt.
Michael Dukakis -- utter wimp
Walter Mondale -- contempuous of middle-class America (a common failing of Democrats, in general).
Jimmeh Cahtuh -- proven incompetent and a very little man, in the most pejorative sense. An anti-Semite to boot...
George McGovern -- a nice man, perhaps, but without the foggiest idea how the world works.
Hubert Humphrey -- I'm willing to give ol' Hubert the benefit of the doubt. He might've made an OK president. At least, he didn't display the rampant character flaws of his successors.
Over the years, the liberals have built a political base which is incapable of recognizing (or caring about) the quality of a man's character.
And, I would contend, character is the most important qualification for high office.
Not that the GOP hasn't had its share of character-failures. But is there any doubt that Richard M. Nixon loved his country and wanted the best for it? And, while George W. Bush had his shortcomings, was there any doubt that he was, at heart, a good man who loved his country?
You can't say the same for any Democrat Presidential candidate in the last forty years.
It ain’t Fort Sumter, but it’s a step in the right direction! Time to reassert the Tenth Amendment and put the Federal Government back in its rightful place SUBORDINATE to the States and the People!
I think their primary concern is the candidate's adherence to liberal-leftist ideology. They've become more and more radicalized over the years.
My sister is sensitive to flourescent light. If she spends as little as 20 min. in a room with then she gets a headache and joint pain. It is suspected that they have also made her sensitive to sunlight. She has since gotten better now that she has stayed away from them, but last summer she couldn’t go outside for more than a couple of minutes without burning.
Health Hazards of Fluorescent Lighting
Known effects and their likely causes
The following is a list of symptoms and diseases known to be linked to exposure to fluorescent lighting:
Headache, eyestrain, eye irritation, fatigue, difficulty in concentration, increased rate of misjudgments and accidents, malaise and irritability can be caused by noise, glare and flicker from fluorescent lighting.
Increased stress (which may in turn lead to heart disease) can arise from increasing the intensity of artificial light with fluorescent tubes. It has been shown that increased use of artificial light (rather than natural light) affects the levels of hormones in the body, particularly the hormones associated with stress, such as cortisol.
Variation in brightness, as provided by daylight, is necessary for the normal functioning of the bodys rhythms. The monotonous illumination of fluorescent lighting may also add to the changes in hormone production.
Allergic skin reactions and dermatitis can be caused by exposure to fluorescent lights. An unknown number of people suffer from cutaneous light sensitivity due to fluorescent lights. This means that not only can they become allergic to fluorescent lighting but they can become more sensitive to ordinary sunlight.
Certain long-term, mild skin diseases can become worse if the sufferer is exposed to fluorescent light. Some medical drugs (including some tranquilizers, antibiotics, heart drugs and diuretics) can make you particularly sensitive to UV radiation (photosensitivity). Skin eruptions then occur even with the small doses of UV (in the 300-320nm wavelength range) emitted by white fluorescent lights.
Hyperactivity has been linked to the flickering produced by fluorescent lighting. Microwave emissions from fluorescent lighting are also suspected of contributing to these behavioral disorders. Other mild behavioral disorders in children may be made worse by working at school under fluorescent lighting.
Good answer. :-)
There is a small company that makes them according to the article.
LOL! I saw something about tha Rats saying 70,000 chillun would die and laughed but didn’t read from what. Oh, the humanity is right. :-)
“I dont want the government telling me what bulb, toilet, soap, washing machine, etc. to use. ...I should be able to make my own choices.”
Add to that the fact that we’re forced to “buy” cable TV channels that we’d neverr watch in a million years. Not sure if that’s a state or fed decree... a public utility commission? Whatever it is, if a TV station can’t survive without being crammed down people’s throats, it doesn’t deserve to exist at all.
Just shut up, use CFLs and inflate your tires so we don’t have an energy crisis.
If the South Carolina bill passes, it could boost hiring at American Light Bulb Manufacturing Inc., which has a factory in Mullins, in an impoverished, rural part of the state, president Ray Schlosser said from the companys headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill. The plant is in Marion County, the states capital for unemployment, with one-fifth of the work force jobless.
LOL...I’m on it!
“What is there in an individuals life each day that one could point out that government doesn’t have some sort of control over?”
(if you drive a car, car;) - Ill tax the street;
(if you try to sit, sit;) - Ill tax your seat;
(if you get too cold, cold;) - Ill tax the heat;
(if you take a walk, walk;) - I’ll tax your feet.
...And you’re working for no one but me!
Hard to believe ‘The Beatles’ GOT IT, but I don’t know which of them wrote those lyrics...
Thank you. Makes sense. :)
“Didnt the UN and Harry Reid just declare that unless incandescent bulbs are banned, 70,000 children a year will die? Oh, the humanity?”
We need incandescent lights so the Cowboy Poets can read their poems.
When the federal ‘food police’ bill passed last year and was signed into law, it included thousands of new federal ‘police’ to prevent ‘smuggling’.
No doubt, the feds will have light bulb police too, to prevent smuggling. And there wont just be fines or a ‘tax’. It will be jail time.
(so have a few illegal aliens in your car too, to avoid your car from being searched)
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?