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Democrat Policies Kill Last Major Incandescent Light Bulb Factory In USA

Written By : William Teach
September 8, 2010

Strange that we always hear that Democrats are for the little guy. If so, they wouldn’t be looking to raise taxes on small business owners, nor enact legislation that drives companies out of business, putting “the little guy” on the unemployment line

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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.

The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs.

“Now what’re we going to do?” said Toby Savolainen, 49, who like many others worked for decades at the factory, making bulbs now deemed wasteful.

You are, unfortunately, going to watch your jobs go elsewhere

During the recession, political and business leaders have held out the promise that American advances, particularly in green technology, might stem the decades-long decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs. But as the lighting industry shows, even when the government pushes companies toward environmental innovations and Americans come up with them, the manufacture of the next generation technology can still end up overseas.

And what could have caused this?

What made the plant here vulnerable is, in part, a 2007 energy conservation measure passed by Congress that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014. The law will force millions of American households to switch to more efficient bulbs.

And by “more efficient,” they mean “more costly.” CFL’s used to be a great value. Sure, you paid more, but, they lasted so much longer, and produced less heat. Now, this overseas junk lasts the same as an incandescent, costs much more, and, you still have to worry about disposal of these bulbs which contain mercury. Personally, I have switched back to mostly incandescent bulbs, after having CFLs for years.

The resulting savings in energy and greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to be immense. But the move also had unintended consequences.

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.

So, Democrat policies are once again killing American business, putting people out of work, and sending the jobs overseas, where the products will have lower standards, and we will all be required to purchase them.

It’s a long article, well worth the read, so, let’s just end with this

“Everybody’s jumping on the green bandwagon,” said Pat Doyle, 54, who has worked at the plant for 26 years. But “we’ve been sold out. First sold out by the government. Then sold out by GE.”

And which Party was in charge of the government that sold “the little guy” out over this man caused global warming idiocy?

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