South Carolina Sees The Light

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 12 TO TITLE 39 TO ENACT THE “SOUTH CAROLINA INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB FREEDOM ACT” SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS MANUFACTURED IN THIS STATE, WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT PARTS IMPORTED FROM ANOTHER STATE, AND OFFERED FOR SALE AND SOLD FOR USE ONLY IN THIS STATE ARE DEEMED ONLY TO BE IN THE STREAM OF INTRASTATE COMMERCE AND THEREFORE NOT SUBJECT TO FEDERAL REGULATION UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

Whereas, the tenth amendment to the United States Constitution reserves to the states and their people all powers not delegated to the federal government and not prohibited to the states; and

Whereas, the ninth amendment to the United States Constitution provides that certain rights enumerated in the Constitution shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people; and

Whereas, the General Assembly finds that if an item manufactured in this State without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state and the item is offered for sale and sold only for use within the borders of this State, the item is not in the stream of interstate commerce and not subject to federal regulation under the commerce clause of the United States Constitution pursuant to Article I, Section 8; and

Whereas, the General Assembly finds that the regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the ninth and tenth amendments to the United States Constitution. Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina.

Three cheers for the Palmetto State. As Rick Moran wrote in The American Thinker, “I value my eyesight and don’t plan to read by a light that gives off the equivalent wattage of what my great grandfather had to put up with–whale oil.”

On the federal level, Republican Michele Bachmann is pushing the Lightbulb Freedom of Choice Act, because “government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy.”–or for that matter, in the unanimous but generally ignored opinion of the staff here at BSYRTGA (me), anything else.  Health insurance comes immediately to mind [See Florida Court: Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional].

The federal government, of course, has been overstepping its Constitutional limits for many years, but with the ascension to power of the socialist Barack Hussein Obama, aided by the wretched 111th Democratic Congress, it has moved at breakneck speed into full blown tyranny.  A soft tyranny, to be sure, at least at this point in time, but that is a matter of little comfort–it’s illogical to ignore the reality that you’re in the soup just because the pot hasn’t boiled over yet.

Related Story: Some Texas Lawmakers Say Light Bulb Bill Is Bright Idea | The TexasFred Blog
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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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24 Responses to South Carolina Sees The Light

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    I wish my own state would do this. It’s just plain common sense!

  2. I support the staff of BSYRTGA. It’s time to say enough, already.

  3. I tip my hat to the good folks in South Carolina……

  4. Otis P. Driftwood says:

    Kudos to South Carolina. I’m sure obama will try to ruin it for them somehow. Some obscure interpretation of the Constitution by his Supreme Court.

  5. samiam60 says:

    The pattern of States beginning to stand up for themselves is growing. South Carolina is joining the ranks of States who have had enough.

  6. My cousin has a house in South Carolina. Maybe I can get her to pick up some of these bulbs for me.

  7. Bob Mack says:

    Texas has sent a similar bill to Gov. Perry. “Let there be light,” said state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana. But…

    The Natural Resources Defense Council, a New York-based environmental group, is calling on Perry to veto the bill.

    “The Texas legislation is designed to showcase the state’s independence,” said Bob Keefe, senior press secretary with the council. “But what it really shows off is how some politicians in the Lone Star State will do anything to score political points — even if it means echoing misinformation and wasting time and money passing legislation that can’t practically be implemented and isn’t in the best interest of constituents.”

    Perry has until Sunday to veto bills, sign them into law or let them become law without his signature.

    Lavender has described his House Bill 2510 as a common-sense bill.

    “The ‘new and improved’ compact fluorescent light bulbs don’t work as promised, are significantly more expensive as are the LEDs and have environmental and disposal problems due to the mercury they contain,” according to a statement from his office. {Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/13/2264241/texas-light-bulb-bill-would-skirt.html#ixzz1PAm0IJjd}

  8. Angel says:

    The federal government, of course, has been overstepping its Constitutional limits for many years..victory BOB..boooyeah!

  9. Bunkerville says:

    Well looks like some fine decision making taking place. Now if I could get a real Hopper that uses more than 1and a half gallons of water, I might just move down there.

  10. AFVET says:

    Common sense will eventually prevail.
    The time to achieve it is crucial at this point.
    America needs a huge dose of common sense in 2012.
    We will see what what happens.

  11. Pingback: Some Texas lawmakers say light bulb bill is bright idea | The TexasFred Blog

  12. TexasFred says:

    I just linked you post in mine as well!

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