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The Obama Bulb

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Every now and then, I find the need to write something simple, mindless and unimportant.  After my last 4 political articles, The Obamacare Nightmare, Gruber’s Misguided Advice to Obama, and Repeal the “Cadillac Healthcare Tax,” and While we Were Sleeping—How Washington is changing your life, like it or not! I need a politics break.

Political writing is giving me an ulcer, I’m sure.  I rant and rave, few people read the articles, but everyone is bitching about the Obamacare mess.  Oh well, I’ve spoken my piece, started a Facebook page to Repeal the “Cadillac”Tax, a mindless, stupid and harmful part of the “Affordable” Care Act—29 people have “liked” the page so far. Twenty-nine whole people give a crap about something so important that I can't believe that most people have no idea how it will affect their healthcare.  I will get the word out, even if it kills ME, and it just might!

For now, I need to take a deep breath and write something mellow; something about everyday life.  

As I walked into our bedroom this evening, I flipped on the light switch, as I often do when it’s dark.  It used to be that when you flipped on a switch, the lights came on.  Call me old fashioned, but that’s just what I expect; turn on the lights, and the lights glow.  It’s what Edison had in mind when he invented the light bulb.

The new, better, ecologically friendly light bulbs known as, “CFL” bulbs, take forever to actually light up to full capacity; you get it, they take awhile to get to full steam so that eventually, you can see your hand in front of your face. 

I’m not a fan of these bulbs.  I have to go into a room and turn on the lights 5 minutes before I would actually like to see anything—then leave and return later, when the lights are lit.  I’m not sure how much energy this actually saves, but it irritates the hell out of me, and it has to be a huge, technological step backwards.  Therefore, since the other thing that irritates me and annoys me to no end, is President Obama, I started calling the bulbs, “ObamaBulbs.”  I thought the name was funny and Catchy, the ObamaBulb, and I figured like most other things that have gone wrong in recent years, Obama must be responsible. 

I have now had my foundation shaken!  It turns out that the ObamaBulb was part of The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) - passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush!  Really, George!  I know you did some dumb stuff during your terms in office, but this takes the cake.  And calling these lightbulbs, “The Bush Bulb,” just doesn’t have the same zip to it. 

Whether or not it was Bush or Obama who came up with the bulbs with slow reaction time, I hate them.  I’m all for saving energy, but I’d really like to see where I’m walking in my house at night, or on dreary, dark afternoons when the sun is hiding behind the clouds.  I don’t want to wait 5 minutes for the things to get to full capacity; I want light, and I want it NOW!

I feel much better since I’ve gotten this off my chest.  I’ll now go into my office, flip on the switch, then go fix dinner.  By the time dinner is ready, my office should have enough light to see my printer so that I can print out this article.   Sorry Mr. Obama, it seems that you are no longer the sole object of my annoyance.  I really tried to make this a non-political bit. Oh well, it is what it is, as they say.


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