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do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Light Bulb Law

Under Federal law, incandescent light bulbs are to be ultimately banned entirely.
A phase-out is due to start this coming January, beginning with 100 watt bulbs.

Recently, the Texas Legislature crafted, passed and sent to Governor Rick Perry's desk, a measure to avoid that authority by allowing any bulb manufactured and sold within the state to be exempt from that.

Perry had until Sunday to be able to veto that bill.

Not only did he not veto it, he signed  it.

This may seem a small and inconsequential thing, but by doing so he has placed himself squarely with those radicals who seem to think that mere people have enough common sense to make their own decisions without having a Federal agency telling them what to do.

Radical,  I tell you.  What can that man possibly be thinking?!!!


Foxfier said...

Given the HPV vaccine fiasco, he was probably thinking "Oh, please, let this make people believe I'm not a total nanny-stater!"

Or maybe:
"WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?!?!? It's the governor's job to force people to do what's best for them!"

Paul_In_Houston said...

Well, Lady: Have you ever heard the expression,
"It seemed like a good idea at the time."?

I suspect that we're gonna disagree a little bit here. :-)

From everything I've read about the Gardasil flap, I honestly believe that Perry was trying to do the right (and best) thing at the time.

Was he wrong? I think the jury's still out on that one.

Could he have made a mistake here?

Sure. Who's immune to that?

IS he a total nanny-stater?

I don't believe that for a second.

I've noticed on some blogs, that since his name started coming up as a possible presidential candidate, the anti-Perry trolls have emerged in droves, hitting on his past history as a Democrat.

Well, this is Texas, currently Republican, but a Democrat stonghold for eons. More than a few of our Republicans were Democrats before.

What happened?


Foxfier said...

Which road to hell is paved with things like "it seemed like a good idea at the time?"

When someone is being lauded for fighting back against massive gov't over-reach into one's house, it's wise to point out if they had previously promoted massive over-reach into one's body.

He signed an order to force an expensive vaccination on little girls with a new vaccine that was known to be linked to deaths and prevents health issues from a disease that, one hopes, is not spread by normal school activity. That's a rather big deal to me.

Foxfier said...

It kind of reminds me of Mitt's defense of his health care plan vs Obama's: how DARE the feds try to force our people to do something like this? That's the STATE'S job!


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