There is not one aspect of any of our lives that the bureaucrats in federal government don’t want to stick our noses into. They to tell us what to eat. They tell the grocery stores how to label salad. They tell us what kind of toilets and showers we can have in our bathrooms. They tell us what kind of lightbulbs to put in our fixtures. They tell us how many miles per gallon our cars have to get. They even tell us how many minutes of break time we must take at work. So it’s really not surprising that they’re now telling us how to do upkeep on our homes, all in the name of safety of course. The message to Americans is that we’re all too inept to take care of our own lives and we need the guiding fist of Big Government.
This week, the Obama administration released a “bold new vision for addressing the nation’s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home.”
The project has a name: “Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action.”
“People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home,” the announcement said.
“Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, lead poisoning, result in lost school days for children, as well as lost productivity in the labor force.”
According to the Obama administration, the health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated with both subsidized and privately owned homes cost billions of dollars.
The new strategy “unifies” federal efforts to advance healthy housing — “demonstrating the connection between housing conditions and residents’ health.”
The federal partners pushing healthy housing include the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Surgeon General, and Energy Department.
Read the whole thing. When you think of who is involved in this you know it’s going to get expensive.
Update: Linked by The Pirate’s Cove – thanks!