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Big government is creepy. On that, I would like to think all readers would agree with me (as you should most topics). However, a couple of stories have recently come to light that have taken big government creepiness and turned it up to eleven. Turns out the government is really super interested in getting in the shower with us.
First, it was the water heaters. Remember what the government did with light bulbs? Well, now they’re at it with residential hot water heaters. These new regulations, by who other than the EPA, will be two to three times the cost that they are today and significantly larger. So, have fun either remodeling your utility closet or having a water heater as an art piece in your living room.
Financial and aesthetic issues aside, it’s really not the government’s business to change up my shower to meet guidelines which shouldn’t exist. It makes me want to leave my house and shower in a hotel where they can’t… wait, they’re also in hotel showers?
Indeed, they are. The Washington Free Beacon reported today that the EPA is spending $15,000 to create a system that allows hotels to track how long guests spend in the shower to get them to “modify their behavior.” I assume we all agree that the government tracking us with the goal of getting us to modify our behavior qualifies as creepy, right? Apparently, guests will be able to check an app to see how much water they used, which is something nobody on vacation, or even a business trip, would ever care about. While the government itself isn’t tracking this information, they are spending money to have hotels track it, and that is far enough over the line for me.
The government is in our business day in and day out, and it’s not unreasonable to want to take a shower without them peeking. You’re just getting weird.Published in