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If the federal government can support abortion rights, why can’t it also support light bulb choice, Sen. Rand Paul asked Thursday morning.

And don’t even get him started about his toilet.

“Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house, and I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house,” Paul said. He added, “I find it insulting.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51053.html#ixzz1GJRsYhmJ

The federal government wants to tell you how to take a shower.

From an editorial on the subject:

I did, however, read with astonishment of the proposed federal regulations that would forever banish the Medusa-like shower heads relied upon by the rich and famous that allow one to enjoy a goodly portion of Lake Michigan when washing off one’s heiny.

My first reaction was one of shock that not only does one now share a commode with Uncle Sam, but also the shower and its many spouting fountains. After all, at what point does Uncle Sam butt out?

Good instincts! Unfortunately, the writer came to her “senses”, and realized that she and the government do know what’s best for everyone.

And then, my more rational side remembered that we do, indeed, face a growing water shortage nationally. Obviously, there are few things more seriously a matter of public interest than the maintenance of a clean water supply at reasonable prices. Since we have already long past the “reasonable prices” stage, we must concentrate on marshalling our water resources as best as possible. Multiple shower head fixtures clearly do not meet this need.

To me, the big picture solution is a multi-tiered water pricing system. Each water account would get a certain number of gallons at the “regular” price, whatever that may be. For every excess gallon used, a second-tier price structure would kick in at significantly greater per-gallon costs.

Progressive price rationing? There must not be such a thing as water neutrality.

http://www.foundingbloggers.com/wordpress/2011/01/first-they-came-for-your-toilet-then-your-light-bulbs-now-your-shower-will-be-regulated/