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Big Government’s Latest Gift: The $50 Light Bulb

From Moonbattery:

Through taxation, regulation, and inflation, Big Government makes everything we buy more expensive, dramatically reducing the standard of living we would have were this still a free country. The reason we haven’t rebelled is that this effect is normally almost invisible, like the fortunes the State bleeds from our paychecks. But the impending light bulb ban pushed through Congress by eco-fascists and crony capitalists like GE brings statism’s effect on prices out in the open with $50 eco-bulbs:

Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.

Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.

The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.

Our socialist rulers constantly remind us how much they care about the poor. Yet if it weren’t for them, far fewer of us would be poor. Those who are will find themselves sitting in the dark when bureaucrats have priced lighting out of their reach.

Nothing could be more emblematic of excessive government.


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