A Light Goes on in Washington

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Thomas A. Edison

The effects of November 2nd’s political slap down are starting to appear. A Washington Times article, dated 12/6/10, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/6/upton-flips-a-switch-on-cfl-bulbs/ reports the flip/flop of Representative Fred Upton on the Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb ban. Upton, a Michigan Republican, was a co-sponsored its inclusion in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. He is now working to have the ban repealed.

A grateful nation can only hope that Rep. Upton’s turnabout is a genuine recognition of the shortcomings of the CFL bulbs https://stlouisooz.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/thats-another-fine-mess-youve-gotten-me-into/ and the loss of the last incandescent bulb plant in the United States. Hopefully it is not just a ruse to improve his chances for the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Republican Party is no longer in the mood for RINOs who change their opinions when it is politically expedient.

Not mentioned in the article is whether Upton is working toward cutting the bureaucratic red tape which might get GE’s Westchester, VA, incandescent bulb plant reopened after its September closing http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/07/AR2010090706933.html. Until it, or another plant employing American workers, is opened, American citizens are stuck with sending our money to China for light bulbs.

The jury is still out on Representative Fred Upton. When one’s first job, in a new House of Representatives, is undoing what one did in the last House, it does not bode well with a Tea Party infused electorate. If Upton realizes this, his working to recover those American jobs his bill cost will be a greater indicator of his political future than being the chairman of any committee.

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