Unemployment remains at record highs. The economy is stuck in a rut. The US is still fighting wars on two fronts and constant threats to security here at home. But the real menace facing America? The looming phase-out of incandescent light bulbs.That’s the second-biggest threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (after healthcare reform)—at least if you’re Erick Erickson. The Red State blogger has launched a campaign to save the old-school bulbs, which, under the 2007 energy bill, are set to begin phasing out in 2012 in favor of more energy-efficient compact florescent bulbs. Erickson wants to “get every Republican out there to pledge their support to saving the incandescent light bulb when they take back Congress.”
What a putz. Focusing the energies of Congress on saving the incandescent light bulb is Erick Erickson’s #1 priority. I wonder if he also ran a campaign to save chalk from dry erase markers and the daguerreotype from the camera.
Now, this would be ridiculous enough, except that there are no sane Republicans left in Congress. Michele Bachmann and Ted Poe have already begun the crusade to save the world from the horror of energy-saving bulbs. I can only imagine there will soon be a stampede. Tea Partiers everywhere will be calling for the restoration of our right to use outdated bulb technology. Cons will speechify on the stump, promising to overturn this hideous threat to our precious liberty.
Ah, well. If it distracts them from the rabid Islamophobia and trying to repeal health care reform, I suppose we can count it good.