Don’t Tell Me What To Do

It seem every time I turn around, someone is telling me what to do.  I’m supposed to use some sort of “clear” detergent for my clothes; a particular type of soap for my dishes; PETA tries to tell me what to wear and what not to eat; Michelle Obama is telling what to eat and how much I should exercise; the government is telling me what kind of light bulbs I have to use; local governments are telling me what I should use to carry my groceries; the fed is requiring me to buy health insurance; if I was an employer, they’d tell me what health insurance I have to provide to my employees regardless of my conscience; and, there’s, of course, Mr. President telling me what I should drive.  Well, when I become a Tibetan monk and practice self-immolation, maybe then I’ll buy a Chevy Volt.  Until then, I’ll stick with my gas-guzzler.

Well, being the obstinate Brooklyn gal I am, I’ll go kicking and screaming before I adhere to any of this nonsense.  Yes, I eat well and exercise daily but not because Mrs. Obama is telling me to.  I don’t wear a fur coat because it doesn’t get that cold here but I do have two fur scarves that I love.  I do use reusable bags for my groceries not because my local government is in the midst of banning plastic bags but because I liked the idea of getting $.05 off my bill for using them.  I use “clear” detergents not because they’re good for the environment because I’ve got a nose like a bloodhound and I’m very particular about how my clothes smell after washing them.  I carry health insurance not because the government is trying to force me to buy it, but because it’s a smart thing to do.  Well, light bulbs… we’re not going to have much choice about those pretty soon.  But I’m not going to like it even though they will save me money.

All this came to mind while I was watching Bill O’Reilly interview the Director of Public Citizens’ Energy Program, Tyson Slocum.  Of course he’s got his little talking points about how the government should spend billions of more dollars on “green” technology and alternative energy sources.

Mr. Slocum begins the interview with the bold statement, “We have to start with the notion that we will never have cheap gas again” and then proceeded from there based on his false premise.

Mr. Slocum, if we accept your notion that we’ll never have cheap gas again, it’s because our President won’t allow drilling, he refused to permit the Keystone pipeline from Canada and the EPA has a stranglehold on the construction of new refineries, just to name a few.

No matter how O’Reilly tried to question him on why the government rather than private companies should be involved with all this, Mr. Slocum was unable to point to one successful government venture into alternative energy.  He didn’t have an argument when faced with the fact that wind farms here in thePacific Northwest – built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits – are now getting paid to shut down because of an oversupply of renewable power.   How does that make any sense?

I’ve written on more than one occasion about the Fisker Karma$100,000 automobile which isn’t quite on the scale of the Solyndra debacle but it still involves a whole lot of taxpayer money.  Well, the 4-wheeled fiasco broke down after Consumer Reports bought the car but before it could even do its testing and reviewing.

I don’t like anyone telling me what to do and I sure as hell don’t like the government doing it.  Stay the hell out of my garage, my shopping cart, my kitchen and my closet!

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Roger Ward

    There are two different types of advice-givers:  private do-gooders (groups which operate from a position of exalted self importance) and public do-gooders (legislative groups which have the power of government to control our actions.)

    I CAN tolerate the private do-gooders (whose advice is annoying and intrusive but usually well-intentioned …. and which I can ignore).  It’s easy enough to blow off the suggestions of Mrs. Obama, the anti-smoking lobby, the type of car I should drive, saving the whales, paper or plastic bags, clear detergents, politically correct light bulbs (which will NOT save you money) et al.

    I CAN’T tolerate the public do-gooders (because their advice comes with the rule of law …. and which is ignored only at one’s peril.)  Mandatory motorcycle helmets, required smoke alarms, mandatory seat belts, smog rules and the AQMD, required health insurance, and many more.

    It’s important to remember that every almost every obnoxous law began as a well-intentioned effort (by those who know better than we do) what is good for us.  How long will it be before we are all REQUIRED to drive an electric car …. or not eat fattening foods …. or pay a tax if we drive too many miles a year …. or put solar panels on our houses …. or ….

    • Ron F

      Roger, we are already told what type of cars to drive in a way through CAFE standards.

  • Ron F

    By banning certain products, government has told us what we cannot buy forever.  We cannot purchase lead gasoline any more.  Catalytic converters have been required on automobiles for years.  Congress banned the manufacture of 100 Watt incandescent light bulbs but that is within its powers under the Commerce Clause.  In Southern California, the AQMD has been telling manufacturers what they can do forever.  I do not know if there are any people who would like to go back to the smogh of the 1950s.  I am not sure if we would have as clean of air as we do today without the regulations.  PETA and Michelle Obama are not telling us what to do.  They are telling us what they think we should do, which is different.  More important, we are free to ignore them.  It seems that Michelle Obama is doing what first ladies have always done.  Nancy Reagan told us not to us drugs with her Just Say No campaign.  There is an obesity problem in the country so I have no problem with Michelle Obama addressing it.  Another issue she has worked on is support of military families.  I am not sure why we are bothered by Michelle Obama so much.  Since we have had governments, governments have tried to control behavior.  It is the nature of the beast.  I do not like the influence interest groups have had in getting local governments to regulate behaviour such as smoking and what types of bags you have to use at grocery stores.  [I am not sure why the grocery bag bans do not interfere with interstate commerce.]   That  is the way the system is designed to work with local governments, which are closer to the people having more control over our live but it was also designed for  a more active citizenry.  I am not in favor of the federal government investing in green energy but I am not in favor of the federal government providing tax benefits or any other type of investments to any business.  All administrations have attempted to help certain industries through tax breaks or loans or otherwise.  In addition, most people like and take advantage of tax breaks that help them like the home interest deduction.