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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Why does government regulate showers?



Seth Borenstein, an environmental whack job at the Associated Press, filed a story, "Let it flow: Trump administration eases shower-head rules."

In it, Borenstein took cheap shots at President Donald John Trump for daring to reverse Obama's draconian and arbitrary rules on how much water can come out of a shower head.

According to the story, Congress gave the federal government the power to dictate the water flow. This was done to conserve water, which makes no sense because there is plenty of fresh water in the Great Lakes and most of the rest of the nation.

Of course, millions of people chose to live in the deserts of Arizona and Nevada. They have a problem with water supplies. That gave the government the excuse to regulate showers.

In his story, Borenstein wrote, "Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair 'perfect,' President Donald Trump has made increasing water flow and dialing back long held appliance conservation standards — from light bulbs to toilets to dishwashers — a personal issue.

"But consumer and conservation groups said the Department of Energy’s proposed loosening of a 28-year-old energy law that includes appliance standards is silly, unnecessary and wasteful, especially as the West bakes through a historic two-decade-long mega-drought."

If loosening the standards "is silly, unnecessary and wasteful" then isn't the law itself by definition silly and unnecessary?

If you do not want Donald Trump in your bathroom (and I don't) why in heaven's name would you want Obama there?

And if we still have a problem of water shortages in the West, maybe this law is too ineffective to keep. Here is an idea, raise the water rates in the deserts and watch people conserve, while those of us who are not foolish enough to live in a desert enjoy a nice, long shower?

The fact is consumers do not want low flow shower heads. To get around this silly and unnecessary restriction, manufacturers began adding nozzles. Thus with 4 nozzles you get plenty of water. Many people bought them.

This was way too much independence for the bureaucracy.

Borenstein wrote, "the Obama administration defined the shower-head restrictions to apply to what comes out in total. So if there are four nozzles, no more than 2.5 gallons total should come out between all four."

President Trump -- unlike Obama -- knows of what he speaks. President Trump owns hotels and resorts. Guests want the long, hot showers that Chairman B.O. wants to deny the proletariat.

35 comments:

  1. Not to mention dishwashers that actually use water and get dishes clean in less than a day. Pro tip: a quarter cup of TSP added to your detergent will make your dishwasher work again.

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    1. Omg a washing machine that actually uses water!?! One that you don't have to hit 13 buttons to get to the super secret code that puts enough water in the drum to actually get clothes wet. Blasphemy, I tell you. /s

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  3. Trump speaking about how water restricted shower heads don’t work well was what initially attracted me to him.

    It was like the little kid that spoke of how the emperor wore no clothes. Everyone was afraid to say the truth. Trump is not afraid to speak the truth, how refreshing.

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    1. The thing that people miss in that tale is that everyone knew the emperor was butt nekkid, they were just cowed into silence or fake agreement.

      In 2016 millions of voters told the pollsters what they wanted to hear about Donald Trump. Then they went into their voting booths and voted for him.

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    2. I kinda like the fireworks that accompany his comments. Liberal heads exploding is as much fun as 4th of July boomers.

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  4. Deplorable behind the lines in CalifAugust 13, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    "A liberal is someone who is determined to reach into your shower and adjust the water temperature for you." - William F. Buckley. Close enough.

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  5. "
    If you do not want Donald Trump in your bathroom (and I don't)"

    Neither would I.
    Melania on the other hand...

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    1. Now, that's funny, LG. Gotta' grab humor where you can, nowadays. Here's one: "They only exercise I get nowadays is shaking my head in disbelief."

      - Gary B

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    2. You can also try doing 12 ounce curls, preferably in front of some charcoal grilled meat.

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    3. I want to use Donald Trump's bathroom. Allegedly his personal "throne" in Trump Tower is gold plated. If true, it would be one of two golden crappers in existence (the Pope has the other one.)

      As for Melania, everybody knows that girls don't poop. They hold it in and it comes out as drama.

      So crawling thru broken glass and rusty barbed wire to eat some peanuts is not an option.

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  6. Glad PDJT is rolling these back. We are down to 2 boxes of 'old dishwasher soap' we bought is about 15 years ago when Preezy started to regulate such. I do like some of the LED lights - much brighter, but some 'temperatures' make a room look like a bus station...

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  7. Now I understand why I hate the shower head in the apartment in which I live. . . .

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  8. "Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair 'perfect,'..."

    PDJT has a sense of humor. His opponents do not. One of a thousand reasons why he is superior to them.

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  9. Liberals think water is a non-renewable resource.

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  10. While we're at it, how about getting rid of the crap "energy saving" clothes washers that don't actually clean clothes?

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    1. Yes, the new one we got a couple yrs ago doesn't put enough water in drum to get clothes wet, let alone clean plus it takes hours to wash one load

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  11. Most shower heads have a restricter valve that is pretty easy to remove. That's what everyone in NYC does.

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    1. Alex Donkey ChompersAugust 13, 2020 at 2:05 PM

      I've never seen one of those!

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    2. It's formed in the casting. Easy enough to drill out.

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    3. Some don’t have removable restrictors.

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  12. Living in the desert keeps unwanted guests away....

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    1. Depends which ones, I guess. You get snakes, scorpions, illegal border crossers (well, fewer of them nowadays, thanks to G-d looking out for the USA by putting Trump in office)...

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  13. I have a 10 year old washing machine. Takes 25 minutes to do a full load. Looked into a new machine. All of them take 105 minutes to do a full load. Four times as long to wash but somehow they save energy? I’m keeping mine until it’s dead

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  14. Apparently the energy cost is in heating the water.

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  15. Dr. Foochie told me to lather my hands for at least 20 so that’s what I’m doin. And no, I DON’T turn the water off because the handles could contain COVID. Ha ha fooking ha.

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  16. The law is actually California's fault.They mandated the water conservation regs for their state and only a couple other states followed suit. Manufacturers couldn't afford to make fixtures for both and had no luck modifying existing fixtures to function properly at lower flows. So they lobbied the government to set one standard nation wide. Of course they wrote the regs to say the fixture had to use the least amount of water necessary to function properly which is why 2.5 gpm is hi volume in some states.

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  17. Great, on to putting the dimmer switch BACK on the floor!!

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  18. What is a dimmer swtch? Most people have no idea. On the floor won't help that.

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  19. Jeff Tucker has a book of essays called "Bourbon for Breakfast" and the very first on is about shower head bureaucracy. https://mises.org/library/bourbon-breakfast

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  20. Jeff Tucker has a book of essays called "Bourbon for Breakfast" and the very first on is about shower head bureaucracy. https://mises.org/library/bourbon-breakfast

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  21. Shower head restricts water flow? Just take it off like we use to do in the Army. Of course we'd put it back on after we were done, except for those guys who would sell them on the local economy.

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