American Elephants


Vindication! You Are With Me, You Really Are! by The Elephant's Child
July 27, 2009, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Politics

We all have our hobbyhorses, the irritations to which we return again and again.  One of mine is the tendency of our Congress to forget the limits placed on them by the Constitution, and ever-more intrusively stick their noses into our lives.

Most of the intrusion is inspired by environmental activists who simply cannot leave well-enough alone.  They want to interfere in how we live in our own homes, dictate what we eat and what we are not allowed to eat, control what private businesses offer to the public and control what our children do in their schools and at play.  There is no end to their self-endowed expertise in just how the world should be properly ordered.

Now, in the silly ruling by the Supreme Court that carbon dioxide is “pollution,” they pretty much have authority to regulate everything.  I have posted extensively on Rep. Jane Harmon’s bill outlawing incandescent lightbulbs and forcing us to use compact fluorescent bulbs, here, here, here and here. (They are manufactured only in China, cannot be used in any enclosed space, and require the haz-mat team if you drop one).

I thought I was conducting a lonely campaign, a wistful voice in the wilderness, but lo-and-behold: Rasmussen Reports points out that only 18% of adults think that it’s the government’s job to tell Americans what kind of light bulb they use.  Seventy-two percent (72%) say it’s none of the government’s business, and 10% are not sure.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans and 78% of adults not affiliated with either major poitical party say it’s  not the government’s role to make Americans change their light bulbs.  Among Democrats, 58% share that view, but 28% say it is the government’s job.

I fail to understand the 28% who deem it the responsibility of the government, but sheeple are closely related to lemmings.  There are some in every crowd.  But for the rest, vindication!!!  We’ll get the Nosy Parkers out of our lives yet.


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Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is very dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash.

It’s easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.

You can find your Senator’s mailing address here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

You can find your Congressman’s mailing address here: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

Or send your used light bulbs to EPA headquarters in Washington:
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

Isn’t your family’s health worth the small postage cost? Don’t you want to help save the planet from this environmental nightmare? You’ll sleep better at night knowing your deadly mercury-containing light bulbs are with the experts in our nation’s capital. Send your light bulbs to Washington!

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