As those who read my e-book, I Light Bulb: A Death Row Testimonial know, the 100 watt incandescent light bulb has less than three weeks to live. Now, in Congress, what amounts to a last minute pardon from the governor is in the works.
I must admit to being cautiously optimistic about the prospects for a pardon. The idea put forward by some Republicans in the House of Representatives is to prohibit the implementation of the new and unwise standards for 100 watt incandescent light bulbs to go into effect on January 1, 2012 as part of the last minute budget deal currently in the works.
I was skeptical that the Republican leadership’s poorly planned efforts to end the ban in July would work, but this approach has a chance.
Though I think in most cases “melting the phones” of Congress on key votes is a tactic that doesn’t usually yield much in the way of results, I think this latest effort is different. If, therefore, you believe as I do that this crazy ban on incandescent light bulbs is an egregious violation of our right to choose, please think about calling your member of Congress, and letting them know you want them to vote in favor of saving the incandescent light bulb as part of the current budget deal.
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new book, Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement, will be published by Broadside Books in spring, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .