Doesn’t it seem like bureaucrats love making life harder? Especially your life, because regulations affect the consumer the most. And you’re the consumer, which is why you shouldn’t settle down in Europe any time soon.
EU lawmakers are banning vacuums motors over 1,600 watts, in a new energy bill. It’s expected to take effect in September. In 2017, the motor capacity will be reduced to 900 watts.
What does that mean for Europeans?
It means they’ll be buying and using less efficient vacuums in their houses. In the name of saving energy, the European Union is destroying the productivity and efficiency of a hallmark good.
People need vacuums. If you own a house, apartment, anything with a floor, you need a vacuum. Heck, my dorm needs a vacuum… badly! And we all know the best vacuums are the ones that suck things up the fastest and reducing the watts reduces the sucking power, which reduces its effectiveness.
The EU is taking away a valuable product from consumers and replacing it with something of lesser value. Of course this is in the name of the environment. But are vacuums really that dangerous? Are they really worth the effort of regulating?
Is it Even the Government’s Job?
Here’s what you’ve got to ask yourself… does the government have an obligation to regulate household appliances? Should the government be determining watt limits of vacuum motors?
Here’s a few things you should think on before you make that decision:
Who Knows Better? Business or Government?
It’s a classic planned economy argument. Who knows how to effectively decide prices, limits, and supply of goods and services? Is it government bureaucrats or consumers and businessmen?
That’s the question you have to ask yourself.
Can you, as the consumer, decide what products are good for you? Can you decide what prices fit you the best? Can you, as a businessman, decide which products are worth producing? Can you decide the quantity that you need to produce? Do you know what’s best for your child?
It’s a matter of who knows best.
A Failed Bureaucracy
The bigger the bureaucracy, the more corruption and inefficiency you’ll have. Once you start regulating vacuum motors, you’ll see the government move into other areas of the vacuum industry. Next, it’ll be production requirements for motors. Then, freight regulations for shipping vacuums from producers to retail stores. Then, limits on vacuum dirt storage capacities.
Once the door is open to regulate, it’ll get wider and wider. As the pastor says during a sermon, “it only takes a small sin to give Satan a crack in the door to your soul.” Yes, I did just compare Satan to government regulations. What can I say, I’m a fan of free markets.
You give bureaucrats a crack, they’ll rush through the door sooner or later. There is no “limit” to their regulatory reach. Bureaucracies produce failure.
Is it really worth it?
I can think of a dozen more pressing issues than vacuum motors. This is Europe we’re talking about but come on. It’s ridiculous.
Again, I ask you, is it worth it?
- Is it worth it to save the environment (do vacuum motors affect the environment that much?)?
- Is it worth the bureaucratic control?
- Is it worth the inevitable corruption?
- Is it worth passing a bill?
Ask yourself those questions, but in the end, you have to ask yourself this one question:
Do you believe that individuals know what works best for them, or do you believe politicians in suits know what’s best for you?