Ron Arnold, writing at The Washington Examiner, has a column slamming the so-called “light bulb ban” that is phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient bulbs — the mercury-filled bio-hazard bulbs known as compact fluorescents.
He quotes Republican congresswoman and presidential contender Michele Bachmann saying she’d end the ban and mentions efforts by a couple of Republican lawmakers to fight the measure. He rightly observes:
At root, the light bulb war is not about energy conservation, but about freedom of choice versus the ideological demand to force less energy production and less energy use — until America’s power flatlines.
But he does not mention this is an issue because of a bill that Republican president George Bush signed into law, thus giving me example number 7,416,717 of why I say the Democrats and Republicans are the left and rights wings of the same bird of prey.
Another example why: Republicans declare they worry about soaring national debt and spending. When Republican Bush took office, national debt stood at $5.7 trillion. When he left office it stood at $10.6 trillion.
When Bush took office, total annual federal spending was $1.8 trillion. When he left office it was $3.4 trillion.
For six of Bush’s eight years in office, Republicans controlled Congress. Republicans apparently believe when national debt and spending soar under Republicans, it’s no problem.
Republicans this year have been in a lather over Obamacare.
Last night I heard a news report that the leading money-raiser and poll front-runner for the Republican nomination for president is Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor whose Romneycare program was the model for Obamacare.
If Romney becomes president, is he likely to work to dismantle a program that is essentially Romneycare enlarged?
BTW, the TARP program, bailouts, and economic stimulus were launched during the Bush administration. Obama and the Democrats merely enlarged those policies, too.