(Liberty Bell) – You’d think that a president who just found out he will soon be impeached by a pack of angry, spiteful House Democrats would be in a bad mood.
Of course, in Trump’s case, he knows there isn’t a shred of evidence against him and that the impeachment efforts are likely to die, quickly, in the Republican-controlled Senate.
So no wonder he was in a jovial mood on Friday, making cracks about being “orange” as he touted his administration’s great economic success.
In reference to his decision to overturn the removal of most incandescent bulbs from sale beginning in January, Trump noted that the new, supposedly energy-efficient bulbs “make you look as good.”
“Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me,” he said to laughter from the press.
“It gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look,” Trump then quipped.
“Has anyone notice that? So we’ll have to change those bulbs in at least a couple of rooms where I am in the White House.”
He went on to explain that the new bulbs will be available, but “we’re going back to the old bulbs.”
“Many people were complaining that the new bulbs were much, much more expensive,” he said.
“And they are considered a hazardous waste. You have to bring it to a hazardous waste site. How many people do that?”
Ultimately, with the old bulbs, you’re “better lighting for a lot less money” he explained.
This is entirely correct, as well!
He said that the EPA is also reviewing inefficient standards that have restricted water use in toilets and showers.
“A lot of the things we do are based on common sense,” he explained.
“Some said is that a conservative thing, a liberal thing, what are we doing? I said, ‘It’s a common sense thing.”
The phaseout of the incandescent bulbs was part of the Energy Independence and Security Act signed in 2007 by President George W. Bush in 2007. It required new light bulbs to use about 65% less energy to emit the same amount of light.
Consumer and lobbying groups are suing to block the Energy Department’s decision to overturn the phaseout. They argued that while incandescent bulbs can cost only $1 to buy, compared to $8 for an LED bulb, they are more expensive and inefficient over the long term because they need to be replaced more often.
Meanwhile, Trump’s administration announced Friday that 266,000 jobs were added in November, for a total of 7 million since the election. It was the 16th consecutive month of wage growth at or above 3%. And unemployment was at a 50-year low, the 21st consecutive month at or below 4%. It’s the longest streak in nearly five decades.