Stupid Decisions Affect Us Forever

Like I needed another reason to be angry with our government…

Back in the 1870’s a man named Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. As of this month, lightbulbs will no longer be manufactured on American soil.

The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison’s innovations in the 1870s.

That’s right. Since we won’t be allowed to use incandescent bulbs, we’ll have to rely on those compact flourescent pieces of garbage that don’t emit enough light to save your life.

Rather than setting off a boom in the U.S. manufacture of replacement lights, the leading replacement lights are compact fluorescents, or CFLs, which are made almost entirely overseas, mostly in China.

Consisting of glass tubes twisted into a spiral, they require more hand labor, which is cheaper there. So though they were first developed by American engineers in the 1970s, none of the major brands make CFLs in the United States.

Chinese lightbulbs. China already owns a large portion of our national debt, and now we will be completely dependent on them to keep the lights on, literally.

And today was such a good day…

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