If Thomas Edison's invention of the incandescent light bulb is the perfect symbol of how an entrepreneur can exploit American freedom to create a product that changes the world, then Sen. Hillary Clinton's plan to rid this nation of incandescent bulbs may be the perfect symbol of how Americans can lose their freedom to a government bent on changing the world.
Yes, Mrs. Clinton has it in for incandescent light bulbs. She said so Monday at a windmill manufacturing plant in Iowa.
Nor is the light bulb you use the only thing she intends to change in your home, and in your life, in her crusade to save Earth from overheating.
Two years ago on plane ride to Alaska, Mrs. Clinton discovered that our planet is in peril. "Traveling over those vast coniferous forests that blanket those harsh, unforgiving latitudes, I looked down to see dead trees as far as the eye could reach," she said at the windmill factory. "The forests, it turns out, were once protected by cold, cold winters." Global warming, she learned, is killing them.
Mrs. Clinton is now committed to making the world a colder place.
At the windmill factory, she laid out her plans for this in a 6,000-word speech, in which she argued that the threat of a climactic apocalypse will require her, as president, to "move us from a carbon-based economy to an efficient, green economy."
This, of course, will require government and more government.
For starters, Mrs. Cinton said, "We must change the way utilities make money." She will do this by "decoupling" their earnings from selling you electricity, which she will somehow accomplish by inducing them to pay the "up-front costs" of installing "solar power and cold resistant glass and other improvements" in your home.