The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote on Monday to repeal the federal law that will ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs as we know them. Although the bill may likely pass in the House, it is doubtful Harry Reid (D. Nv.) will let it be brought to the Senate floor until he can confirm that it will be defeated. But, the real story here, is the reason for the House bill, as well as the reaction of Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu.
As to the former, Representative Fred Upton (R. Mi.) who originally voted in favor of the 2007 ban, is now of the opinion that,
[it] was never my goal for Washington to decide what types of light bulbs Americans should use.
His sentiments were echoed by Representative Michelle Bachmann (R. Mn.), who said,
[t]he American people want less government intrusion into their lives, not more, and that includes staying out of their personal light-bulb choices.
As to the later, Secretary Chu, while lashing out at those who support the repeal, provided this heartwarming statement,
[w]e are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.
Gee, thank you Mr. Secretary.
But, since you believe that it is the government’s role to help folks not waste their own money, perhaps you would now be willing to focus that zeal to take away the power of the President and Congress to waste our money.
Now that would be newsworthy.