Incandescent light bulb ban: a step toward nanny state

July 12, 2011

"We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money." With that comment, Energy Secretary Steven Chu demonstrates his elitist arrogance concerning the pending Energy Independence and Security Act's incandescent light bulb ban.

Citizens should take great exception to the nanny state telling us what to do with our own money. If the cost-savings of new-tech lights are real, the market will move to them with no interference from the government. This however, is another "we know best" strong-arm attempt to dictate personal choices.

We want a smaller government presence in our daily lives. We want less intrusion into our market choices. We want Congress to focus on its core responsibilities and leave us citizens to live our lives as we choose.

Please support repeal of the light bulb efficiency standard (H.R. 2417) to start getting our freedoms and liberties back.

Melvin Barnhart, Randallstown

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