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Light in SC

Recorded on May 9, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

As incandescent light bulbs fade away, consumers have a right to gripe about how much the replacement bulbs cost.

Changing a light bulb used to cost about a quarter; now it's closer to four or five dollars. All because the federal government claims it saves you money. Too often they don't. One study shows the lifespan of the new bulbs is 73% lower than claimed.

Congress based the law on its authority to regulate interstate commerce. So some legislators in South Carolina have a bright idea—invite all the closed-up light bulb plants to re-open in that state, and sell bulbs only inside the state's borders, so it won't be interstate commerce.

Maybe the idea will work, or maybe it will burn out. But it's another example of how people are fed up with Washington trying to regulate every little thing.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.