The humble incandescent light bulb became a symbol in recent years of overreaching federal government.
Today, Jan. 1, a federal law was supposed to take effect that would essentially begin phasing out traditional incandescent bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient -- but more expensive -- fluorescent bulbs.
We're completely in favor of people being able to buy the costlier bulbs if they wish, but it plainly wasn't federal business to mandate that.
Fortunately, recent legislation passed by Congress to pay for the continued functions of the federal government included a provision that postpones until at least October the imposition of the new light bulb rules.
That is a small victory for freedom and personal choice and a small defeat for big government.