Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Audio & Transcript – The Light Bulb is Back, But Thanks To Congress It Is Still Illegal
2011 Mike Church – The incandescent lightbulb is back, it is legal and the ban, set to begin on January 1, 2012 has been repealed. That is the news across the wires today but it is only partially true. The Republicans in the house stuffed a provision in the $1 Trillion omnibus spending bill that prevents the Department of Energy from spending any money to enforce the ban which is still on the books. This begs the question for conservatives to answer: if Congress can forbid and or defund unconstitutional activities that regulatory agencies are making (like enforcing light bulb bans) then why cant the same Congress just un-fund enforcement of say The Endangered Species Act or the equally nefarious activities of the NLRB?
Why couldnt Congress not fund ObamaCare? Why couldnt Congress un fund GM or AIG or bailouts to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The answer is of course, Congress CAN ban those expenditures or just not fund them but this would take political courage and outside of standing shoulder to shoulder with Tom Edison what courage have we seen from them? The same can be said of almost any agency or activity that federal regulators are engaging in and people are demanding relief from. This seems like a perfect way to teach some constitutionalism to new members AND to secure Congressional conservatives budget cutter bona-fides too but alas, the light bulb act seems to be a loss leader for censuring big government by starving it of funds.
The next time you hear rigorous debate about how best to minimize the impact that the Feds have in say our public schools remember that their activity is funded by the Congress that proved it does not have to spend a dime on anything it does not want to including other bright ideas like studying monkeys high on the DEAs cocaine. Now who is the dim bulb that appropriated funds for that!?