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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/17691/finally-the-gop-pushes-a-good-idea/

Finally, the GOP pushes a good idea

July 12, 2011 by

Repeal light-bulb central planning!

But check the end of the article. It reports on a poll that shows 84% satisfaction for the non-incandescent bulb. This is among the 0.5% of the population that knows what that is?

In any case, it is preposterous to judge the availability of a consumer good based on a poll. Folks, that’s what the market is for, and why markets should never be replaced by political management for any good or service.

{ 11 comments }

Oklahoma Libertarian July 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

In the future, will the state require cartoon characters’ ideas to be represented by a compact fluorescent flicking on?

Oklahoma Libertarian July 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

In the future, will cartoonists be required to represent a character’s idea by a fluorescent flashing on?

Charles Hanes July 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Well, I guess that makes two good ideas in 20 years. The first was repealing the 55mph speed limit in 1994.

But those two good things don’t make up for everything else, by a long shot.

Windows Hater July 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I really don’t understand what business is it of the government to tell me what kind of light bulb I can and cannot buy.

To prove this by the absurd, I bet that in Pyongyang (North Korea), citizens have the choice to either buy normal lamps or fluo lamps, the state doesn’t force it’s citizens to buy compact fluo lamps. So how come Americans are less free than North Koreans when it comes to purchase a type of lamp ?

And I don’t understand how falling back from a stupid move, banning normal lamps, should qualify as a bright idea.

To make things better, it doesn’t require a 100 watt genius, just undo what was done by the government.

Capn Mike July 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Even if 84% like ‘em, fine!

So 84% of consumers buy the mercury thingies, and yer energy conservation problem is solved. With NO MANDATE. Duh.

But I agree, it’s a fiction because the vast majority of Americans have NO CLUE of what’s going on.

Michael J. Green July 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm

You don’t get it. These CFLs are more efficient, save people hundreds of dollars and the fluorescent light isn’t as horrible as it once was. Clearly, people need to be compelled to buy these CFLs!

Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer made a comment on Twitter that, with this lightbulb controversy, we should expect them to start pushing for a resurgence of the rotary phone. I don’t recall Congress having to compel people to switch from rotary to keypad phones. I’m pretty sure consumers made the switch over time as they found the keypad better serves their needs. Why the same won’t be true for lightbulbs, as it was for phones, televisions, cars, etc., I can’t say.

Big Brother July 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Japan has forced everyone to abandon analog TVs and switch to digital ones. All analog broadcasting will cease July 26th this year. The traditional Japanese excuse for this kind of meddling is “to avoid confusion”. You know, consumer choice = confusion.

Dave Albin July 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

The bigger issue – why don’t we figure out ways to produce more and more electricity. The utility companies are cottled and protected, and over regulated – the result is that we have to find ways to reduce our use of electricity. That’s backward…….

Oklahoma Libertarian July 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm

“So 84% of consumers buy the mercury thingies, and yer energy conservation problem is solved. With NO MANDATE. Duh.”

That doesn’t get put in any Congressman’s “Achievements” section on Wikipedia, so it’s not good enough.

tfr July 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

Obviously, some congressman’s brother in law is an importer of CFLs

Ray Rock July 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm

It seems to me some entrepreneurial person will sell the incandescent bulbs, but they’ll call them space heaters instead of bulbs. That way the politician will get credit for getting rid of the scurrilous energy eating “bulb” but the people will still be able to get what they want.

The worst is yet to come, since these CFL’s contain mercury that’ll cause problems when they end up in the landfill. And of course that will lead to another bureaucracy to track the CFL’s to make sure people properly dispose of them. Of course they’ll charge a fee to pay for it all.

Of course folks can just buy a bunch of them over the next few months and have them on hand for years to come, perhaps the best course of action.

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