Did You Stock up on Incandescent Light Bulbs? (with video song)
On December 31st, I went to Lowes and Walmart and bought light bulbs. A LOT of light bulbs. The whole time I was thinking about how much I had taken them for granted as, yes, a convenience, but really, just another consumer item. And yet this simple, 130-year-old consumer item is now banned to us. The law even makes importation illegal. Does that mean we cannot drive to Mexico, Canada, or Indian reservations and pick up a stash of bulbs for our personal use?
And I was also thinking, the whole time, about just how mad I am about this. Government has no business using its monopoly of force to interfere in voluntary private transactions. A lightbulb is not a suitcase full of fissile uranium. It’s a lightbulb. And yet we will probably just acquiesce like caged animals, buying whatever mercury-containing, carcinogen-emitting monstrosity they stock the shelves with. All brought to you by the crowd that is wrong about everything they believe. And signed into law by George Bush. Shame on you, Dubya. Shame.