Friday, January 22, 2010

Progress vs. the government

For centuries civilization made progress in the evolution of indoor plumbing, it only took a government act to cause an immediate setback in advancement. In 1992, the clowns in Washington mandated that every toilet in the U.S. use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush rather than the traditional 3.5 to 6 gallons. Of course the average citizen compensated for this by flushing 3 or 4 times when needed. Along with the tragedy of low flow shower heads (which simply forced everyone to take longer showers under a slim trickle of water) and low water washing machines (which increased damage to clothes and failed to clean the outfits of children who were out in the yard); the nonsensical federal acts have simply raised the average number of gallons of water used per person in each household since 1994.

A recent article from Mises spells out the failure of these government acts poignantly...

The Relentless Misery of 1.6 Gallons