Being the front runner in the "state heading for bankruptcy" category, California decided to tackle its greatest challenges facing their government: The Televisions are not energy efficient enough.
That's right, California feels that the way to work out their energy problems is to require that all TV's for sale be energy efficient by 2011. Never mind that prices will probably increase or that people will start going out of state or online to get their TV's just to get around whatever problems this regulation may cause. Never mind that this will be one more thing for the state to have to pay to enforce costing the state and local retailers possible revenues. Never mind border controls or crime prevention in the escalating drug trafficking; lets worry about TV.
According to the linked article, only a 1/4 of the TV's in the state meet the strict requirements imposed by the California legislature. They say that this will cut California's power bill by 1 billion dollars. How much benefit is offset by having to enforce this? What about the increased cost to each individual for a replacement TV? Do we need a TV czar in California to keep this great travesty from continuing?
WHY IS IT THAT ALL GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS NEED TO BE BOURNE ON THE BACK OF THE CITIZENS? Shouldn't government find solutions that lower the burdens on the people? When government is insufficient or failing, wouldn't less government be a wise solution? California, my past home, please wake up and smell the ocean breeze. Tell your government to back off and get out of the way!
CALIFORNIA - FIGHT THE FIGHTS WORTH FIGHTING!