Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Congress closes another factory and sends jobs overseas

Congress caused a factory to close this month and the jobs to go overseas. GE has a factory in Winchester, VA, that makes incandescent light bulbs. Does until the end of September. Then it will close due to an act of Congress and 200 people will see their jobs shipped overseas. In 2007 Congress made the big decision for you*. Instead of each of us making the decision to save money by consuming less electricity for lighting, Big Brother took away our choice. They outlawed the incandescent light bulb invented by Thomas Edison in the 1870s. Now we all have to buy the CFL bulbs that are all made overseas or find another alternative. And CFLs are hazardous; they contain mercury, which is toxic. Keep them out of the house. No, can't - act of Congress. Ask candidates for Congress why sent these jobs overseas. And why they require us to use hazardous lighting in our homes. Washington Post * HR 6: Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Technicality: This law does not outlaw incandescent bulbs, but puts in place standards that don't allow their use.

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