Saturday, September 18, 2010
More November Opportunities?
Paul at Power Line reports that, for once, a bright idea is being floated in Washington.
Representatives Joe Barton, Michael Burgess, and Marsha Blackburn have just introduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (or BULB). The legislation would repeal the de facto ban on the incandescent light bulb contained in Subtitle B of Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.And, on top of that, Alex Epstein of ARI notes the following:
According to a story in Politico, there is a good chance Republicans will at least partially gut the EPA's dictatorial power to control carbon emissions -- and therefore the entire carbon-centric American economy.Should the GOP find itself in a position to do these things, we have to hold their feet to the fire. Remember, I don't call CFL bulbs "Bush Bulbs" for nothing.
"In effect, we need to turn the Billionaire's Pledge on its head." -- Yaron Brook and Onkar Ghate, in "Our Moral Code is out of Date," at CNN.com.
"Lie, cheat, steal, roll the dice and cut corners: People think that's the easy path to business success." -- Yaron Brook and Don Watkins, in "How to Succeed in Business: Really Try,"at Forbes.com.
"Risks must therefore be evaluated -- and often accepted -- in the context of our individual value pursuits. It's this personal weighing of risk and reward that the right to our freedom of action is meant to protect." -- Amit Ghate, in "Risk and Regulation," at PajamasMedia.
"[U]nder ObamaCare 'medical homes' will be more like 'medical government housing projects.'" -- Paul Hsieh, in "Get Ready for your Health Care 'Re-Education'," at PajamasMedia.
What "Bridge-Building" Really Means
I found Stephen Bourque's post on this matter brilliant:
During the Punic Wars, the ancient Romans had an indomitable army but their Carthaginian enemy was superior at sea. How does an army fight a navy? The Romans devised the boarding bridge as a means of fighting a ground war on the water. A Roman ship would pull alongside a Carthaginan vessel close enough to drop the bridge, which had a huge "tooth" or spike at the end, onto the enemy deck. This would bind the two ships together, permitting Roman soldiers to storm the Carthaginian vessel, thus turning the sea battle to their strength of land combat.Read the whole thing to learn about a modern parallel. We're the ones being boarded, by the way.
A Repeal Amendment?
A recent Wall Street Journal editorial raises an interesting idea for a constitutional amendment:
William Howell, the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, and [Randy Barnett] have an op-ed ... making the case for a constitutional amendment giving 2/3 of state legislatures the power to repeal any federal law or regulation.I haven't yet thought enough about whether I could support this effort, but I can't say I see a big problem with it off the top of my head, either.
Note: Jennifer Snow raises the following appropriate red flag: "Replacing 1 tyranny with 50 is not the answer here, no matter what guise it comes under." Consider any legitimate federal law that might excite strong opposition in "red states," and you can see the problem.
9-19-10: Added note to last section.
9-26-10: Corrected spelling of "hodgepodge."