Yawn: Another govt-shutdown threat averted

posted at 9:50 am on December 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Oh noes!  If we don’t get a funding bill in the next [fill in time frame here], we may have a government shutdown that will be entirely the fault of [insert name of demonized political party and/or politician here]!  Or … not:

House and Senate negotiators on Thursday night reached a tentative agreement on a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would avert a government shutdown, the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee announced.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said he expected the conference report to be filed later Thursday for a vote in both chambers Friday.

“I am hopeful that the House and Senate can pass this bill tomorrow to prevent a government shutdown, fund critical programs and services for the American people, and cut spending to help put the nation’s finances on a more sustainable path,” Rogers said in a statement. “In spite of many unnecessary obstacles, it is good to see that responsible leadership and good governance can triumph.”

Blah, blah, blah.  You know, it’s like the boy who cried wolf.  After a while, some of us starting rooting for the wolf.

One good thing did come out of this crisis du jour.  If you like incandescent lightbulbs — or if you don’t like turning your home into a potential hazmat zone if your CFL breaks — you will still be able to buy the traditional bulbs for the foreseeable future (via Instapundit):

Riders preventing the District of Columbia from funding abortions and stopping a forced transition from incandescent light bulbs were left in the bill after the final round of talks.

Both of those are wins for the GOP, especially on funding abortions, although I’m pretty sure it will be the revocation of the incandescent bulb ban that will get more play among conservatives.  Either or both would make the hyperventilation over potential government shutdowns worth it, but the best part is that we don’t have to hear any more of it for another eight or nine months.


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Hmm. I am now the proud owner of 4 cases of Philips 100W soft-white natural light light bulbs, which I bought in anticipation of the ban going into effect. Glad to hear that the ban has been pushed back, but I sure wish I’d known about this before I dropped $140 on all of those bulbs. I now have enough bulbs to last me ten or twenty years.

clayj on December 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Wait a minute. Glenn Beck has like a zillion boxes of light bulbs in his basement…

Galtian on December 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Hmm. I am now the proud owner of 4 cases of Philips 100W soft-white natural light light bulbs, which I bought in anticipation of the ban going into effect. Glad to hear that the ban has been pushed back, but I sure wish I’d known about this before I dropped $140 on all of those bulbs. I now have enough bulbs to last me ten or twenty years.

clayj on December 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Judging from your comment and similar ones, I guess incandescent solidarity was more widespread than I thought. LOL.

jix on December 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

The damned shame is that the bulb factories have already shut down, the jobs lost and most likely what we get from now on will be made in China. It’s far cheaper than reopening and re-hiring under current regulations.

ironked on December 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Of course they stall the light bulb ban after most of the manufacturing plants for the bulbs have been moved oversees. So we are left with higher prices for light bulbs.

I do hope hotels will go back to incandescent bulbs because those CFLs just drive my eyes batty.

TerryW on December 16, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Those lights in the picture represent the brains of our reps in DC!

KOOLAID2 on December 16, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Judging from your comment and similar ones, I guess incandescent solidarity was more widespread than I thought. LOL.

jix on December 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Good point. That also means sales of same may be slower to get back up to speed. I know it will be a long time before I need to buy light bulbs.

TerryW on December 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Sales of same will still be illegal. It just won’t be enforced.

I don’t know that anyone would plow a bunch of money into illegally making and illegally distributing an item just because they *said* they wouldn’t enforce it.

Alana on December 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Good point. That also means sales of same may be slower to get back up to speed. I know it will be a long time before I need to buy light bulbs.

TerryW on December 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Yeah, I figure I’m stocked up for 10 years or so.

Damn — we light bulb hoarders artificially inflated and will now deflate the incandescent bulb market! “Oh noes!” indeed.

;)

jix on December 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Good start. Now give us back the ability to choose our own shower head flow and toilet flush water volume.

imaskeptic on December 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

SHOWER:

This problem can be solved by selecting a showerhead with a removable flow restrictor. They won’t tell you directly on the package, but if the diagram shows a separate orifice, that’s the one: SEPARATE it…and you’ll have a real shower again.

Depending upon the design, a drill may also be able to fix the problem.

TOILET:

Unfortunately, flush volume is tied to tank design. Presently, the best solution is to smuggle a replacement toilet in from Canada. If border guards ask what’s in the trunk, just tell them you’ve got undocumented Mexicans in there.

landlines on December 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

What good does it do? In anticipation of the ban, stores have depleted their supplies of incandescent bulbs. I was at a large hardware chain the other day and they had only a few boxes of 60w bulbs. Why would the re-stock and where would they get them from?

BBReggie on December 16, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Try shopping on-line, looking for sites which have “bulb” in their URL. You can find good prices on case lots (if you shop), and sometimes even free shipping.

landlines on December 16, 2011 at 2:58 PM

…It’s the same warm, cheerful, steady glow that comes from an incandescent. None of that bad light, or the slight hum and oscillation of the light that so affects us migraine sufferers. Plus, they use even less electricity than the CFLs.

I like LEDs.

JoseQuinones on December 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I like the light from LED’s too, and the spectrum is controllable…unlike CFL’s.

The major problems with current LED’s are:

1. The cost is still too high.

2. High intensity LED’s (like replacements for 60W+ incandescents) put out a lot of heat, and in a different way and a different direction than incandescents: fire safety may be a concern in some fixtures.

3. Actual useful life of LED bulb assemblies used as direct replacements for 60W+ incandescents is unproven.

So I still use incandescents everywhere.

landlines on December 16, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Wait a minute. Glenn Beck has like a zillion boxes of light bulbs in his basement…

Galtian on December 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

And all this time I was being told to invest in gold ;)

ProfShadow on December 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Stores here in California have been pushing CFL’s heavily for the last several years. I gave up on CFL’s when I realized that most of them weren’t lasting very long, produced worse light, and were a nightmare if they broke…especially anywhere near kids. So, we started switching to LED’s a few months ago….it’s mostly good, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways. The only real issues with LED’s at this point for us is that there is no guarentee they’ll last as long as they say and for certain applications, LED manufacturers just haven’t been able to generate bulbs with enough lumens. You’re lucky if you get 650 lumens, perhaps avg of 450-600 with most LED’s which is a far cry from the 1600 lumens that you can get from some GU24 bulbs. Still, I’m hoping that the LED folks work that out eventually.

deploylinux on December 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM

1 CFL lightbulb….$3.99

1 Case of 100 incandescents that I never got around to buying…$(I dunno, I never got around to buying them).

The knowledge that for once my elected representives did something that wasn’t totally dumb, no matter how small…..

PRICELESS

But don’t worry. I don’t plan on it ever happening again in my lifetime.

Lily on December 16, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I have about 8 cases of 60 watt bulbs stored up. Even though it’s OK to sell them now, didn’t they run all of the producers of the bulbs out of business?

Spiders from Mars on December 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Judging from your comment and similar ones, I guess incandescent solidarity was more widespread than I thought. LOL.

jix on December 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Generally, when something everyone likes is about to become contraband, you don’t make a lot of noise telling everyone how much you’re stockpiling.

“Hey everyone, we all know the world economy is crashing and soon there won’t be any food or clothes to buy, so I’ve got my entire basement at 123 Mockingbird lane chock full of supplies…..just in case.”

In the case of an illicit item, expect the brownshirts to show up.

BobMbx on December 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

More spending of money we don’t have, more growing the federal government, more stonewalling from Pelosi and Reid, and more broken campaign promises from the GOP to the electorate which helped them win back the House.

Nothing new to see here.

madmonkphotog on December 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Everyone of the agencies that were threaten to be shut down were on this list.
http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml
And everyone of them is an entitlement program for federal employees. They manufacture nothing, plant nothing, harvest nothing and drill nothing but by golly they want to control it all.

mixplix on December 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Best place I’ve found to buy light bulbs in bulk:

https://hdsupplysolutions.com/shop/home

You can register for an account even if you are not a property manager or custodial/janitorial company. I bought Philips 100W soft-white natural light bulbs at just over $35.00 per case of 48, cheaper than grocery stores and even Amazon in some cases.

When the guy delivered them to the office where I work, he asked what apartment complex they were for — the answer was, “They’re not — they’re for ONE guy who works here.”

clayj on December 16, 2011 at 8:41 PM

When the guy delivered them to the office where I work, he asked what apartment complex they were for — the answer was, “They’re not — they’re for ONE guy who works here.”

clayj on December 16, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Little things like that let you know you are living life correctly :)

Occasionally, conversations on the phone should include “We notice this is a residential delivery. In these cases, we like to confirm there’s room for the big-truck … do you have any high-wires in your neighborhood?”

Axe on December 17, 2011 at 7:01 AM

BobMbx on December 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Yeah, advertising your stockpiles on the ‘net is not a good idea. I’ve said this a number of times to rightwingers who’ve been suckered by some gold bug and are posting their intentions all over. Your house is not Fort Knox and you are not Rambo; if an honest-to-God mob descends on your location you’re so screwed you might as well change your name to Phillips.

MelonCollie on December 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I agree with all who have said that the manufacturers are not likely to continue making incandescent light bulbs. Not only is it still technically illegal to sell them most of the factories have already stopped or are in the process of stopping making them. They probably are not going to now reverse course and some of the factories have invested so much money in new equipment that maybe financially they can’t reverse the current course they are on.

I have been stockpiling incandescents for over two years and I have at least 4 years worth. Most of them are 100 watt bulbs because that is the first kind that is being phased out. I am going to buy as many more of them as I can before January 1st. After that I will start stockpiling the 75 watt bulbs.

sherrimae on December 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM

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