Hazmats in the House

Posted by Larry Miller on July 14, 2011 under How | Be the First to Comment

hazmat_suitJust a few days ago, congress had the opportunity to remove one of the thumbprints of tyranny from the lives of the American people. A vote came up in the House of Representatives that gave the body the ability to actually represent the wishes of the citizens. The vote came and went and the people, who are quickly becoming subjects, were still stuck with the mercury filled light bulbs, loved by the followers of Algore and Company. We still are being forced to have these dangerous, so our government keepers tell us, products in our homes. Hazmats in the house it would seem.

How did this happen in a branch of government supposedly run by Republicans who are supposedly looking out for the well being of the American people? It happened because ten Republicans chose to side with the progressive Democrats to send our last hope crashing down in flames. Two of these people, are from my home state of Virginia… I am so ashamed of what has come of those we were proud to see elected.

This shows that we cannot depend on party labels to insure sanity in the legislature. Although, if someone admits to being a Democrat, we can be pretty sure they will not be on the side of freedom… unless it is freedom to kill your offspring. It does show the wisdom of the saying, “Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.” Since politicians are a loquacious bunch, they throw a lot of words at us as a smokescreen and would like us to believe and act on those words.

When I approached one of these congressman, he was offended and said his explanation was on his congressional blog – as if I should not be intruding on his personal time and space. What this man does not realize is that EVERYTHING he and his partners in crime do impacts our personal time and space. Yet, even as a freshman, he is learning about the aristocracy of the ruling class.

Here’s the issue I was faced with: the bill would repeal the ban on incandescent light bulbs – which is something I strongly support and want to see happen. But in studying it carefully, I concluded it also contained a flaw which made it unconstitutional. It went beyond a simple repeal when it prohibited any state or local entity from imposing standards that could be met by bulbs containing mercury.

He framed it as a states rights issue. He supported the right of another government entity to impose a similar mandate on their subjects… er, citizens. It is interesting that, using conservative rhetoric, the right of a local government, be it city or state, to make such a requirement superceeded the right of the citizen to make their own decisions.

It could be argued by some that the more local entity could more closely represent the will of the people. This thinking has been dispelled more frequently than it has been upheld. While I am most sympathetic to the issue of states rights and local control, it would seem a clear and present violation of citizens rights should outweigh a potential problem. Especially when that potential problem lies only in the field of permitting additional restrictions on our basic liberties.

So where does this leave us? It leaves us with the time tested conclusion that a politician can do anything he jolly well pleases and still find a way to try to make it sound good. At the end of the day, we are still stuck with these costly and hazardous bulbs and GE is making a ton of money importing these bulbs from China.

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