Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis

Friday, June 12, 2009

Finally, they tackle the important issues

Have you ever been watching TV when the commercial comes on and the volume is so high that you have to cover your ears to avoid permanent hearing damage? Apparently you're not alone, as Congress has taken a break from impoverishing us and our posterity for a day to focus on something much more important: making sure that commercials aren't too loud.

"Every time the ads came on they blew me out of my seat," said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., who introduced the bill last June. "It really turns you off, makes you think, 'I'll be damned if I give them any of my money.' "
Apparently she is not aware that individuals can actually make the same choice, voting with their dollars to not buy from a company that causes ear damage with their loud commercials. No, she would rather induce the companies to have the correct volume with all the force of the US Congress. Frankly I was unaware that the congress had the power to regulate the volume at which privately held companies not engaging in interstate commerce broadcast the commercials that allow them to stay on the air. You learn something new every day.

I should make an impassioned plea to let the free market dictate how loud commercials should be. I should assail the ever expanding influence of the nanny state on the minutia of our lives. I should, but I wont, because any time they spend on silly shit like this is time they can't spend screwing us with universal healthcare, cap and trade, and whatever other idiocies the Moonbat Messiah has in store for us.

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