Friday, March 11, 2011

Why Not an "Earthquake Building Standards Freedom of Choice Act"?

Michelle Bachmann of Tea Party fame keeps fighting the Big Bad Government's oppression of Americans. She recently re-introduced the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act" to stop the planned phase-out of old-fashioned and environmentally dangerous light-bulbs (The Congress voted on the issue in 2007 and George W. Bush signed it into law that year. Bachmann launched her first demand for a repeal in 2008.)
What's next?
Why not do away with oppressive building standards like those who protect us against earthquakes? Why shouldn't builders have the freedom to build cheap and fast instead of having to follow all these regulations and building codes?
I'm sure the congresswoman from Minnesota would much rather enjoy the freedom from regulations in a place like Haiti compared to liberal-socialist places like California and Japan. 

Hans Sandberg

PS. New York Times ran a story about the light-bulb fight on March 12.
Give Up Familiar Light Bulb? Not Without Fight, Some Say

PPS. And here is a story about Japan's building codes.
Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives

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