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Why Have We Allowed The Government To Regulate Commodes?

{Editor’s Note: This is the 10th installment of a series of articles attempting to address the 32 questions posed by Ron Paul in his recent farewell speech given in front of Congress. Check out the previous installment, Why Should There Be Mandatory Sentences For Crimes Without Victims, As Our Drug Laws Require?}

When it came time to research this article, I have to admit that even I, with my incessant rambling about all of the ills of the State, didn’t realize that there were specific government regulations regarding toilets. Sounds ridiculous, no? But I should have figured. Is it really any more ridiculous than telling people which light bulbs to buy or putting sick people in jail for using medical marijuana?

The regulation of commodes stems from the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This premise of this act was to set standards of energy use and conservation. It set regulations for all sorts of forms of energy as well as ordered many federal buildings to conserve energy where they can. Now there is nothing wrong with conserving energy of course. But there is no greater conserver of energy than a free market, which responds to supply and demand with price signals that can appropriately allocate resources. Of course, these ideas are uninteresting to lawmakers, who must constantly justify their existence by passing laws to fix all of society’s ills.

In the case of the Energy Policy Act, one of these ills was apparently the “excessive” amount of water used by toilets. The Act called for mandating the installation of only low flush toilets, which use 1.6 gallons of water per flush as opposed to the 3.5 in both residential and commercial buildings. The low flush toilet is now a mandate nationwide, despite the fact that many people complain the low flush toilet doesn’t work well and that they have to flush twice to get the desired result.

Now I’m no math whiz, but if the new toilet uses half as much water but needs to be flushed twice as often, aren’t we still using the same amount of water? Does this make any sense at all?

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Why can't I have composting toilets or an outhouse?

I remember being a girl scout passing out bricks to neighbors with a little flyer - "A brick in the tank today saves water the Girl Scout way!" Good of them to exploit little girls for their nonsense, no?
I bought land. I can't live on it unless and until I put a septic system in. I have plenty of land to properly do an outhouse, and composting toilets are actually better environmentally than a commode, but The Powers That Be say that while a bear may shit in the woods, I shall not. I guess the only explanation I can come up with is that the government is so generous in giving the people shit that they need to collect everybody's for redistribution.

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There are a number of composting units avaliable in Europe that are avaliable there but outlawed here.

I live in michigan, and I

I live in michigan, and I used to plumb. I have met a few contractors who would get there toilets from Canada because of this. Although if anyone does have a problem with their toilet I recommend the kholer cimarron.

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The upside..

To government commodes is that we could finally literally shit on the government.

Also news to me

I had no idea, I am sure there are tons of absurd regulations we dont even realize exist.


the citizens of San Francisco how they like their low flush toilets.


Causing them to flush more money down the drain!