This just in on the Bankrupt-Future-Generations...er, I mean the stimulus bill. Apparently, there's a section of the bill that requires states to ensure that energy companies make up any revenue lost if consumers conserve energy. In other words, go ahead and buy that new energy-efficient hot water heater. They'll just raise your rate proportionally to how much less energy you use.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.