Rick Manning: Barack Obama’s Dishwasher Mandate

“ANOTHER BAFFLINGLY OUT OF TOUCH DECISION MADE BY ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORS” || By RICK MANNING || The administration of Barack Obama revealed one more in a string of regulations that have a practical impact of making worse the problem they claim to want to solve. This time it’s a new Department of…


|| By RICK MANNING || The administration of Barack Obama revealed one more in a string of regulations that have a practical impact of making worse the problem they claim to want to solve.

This time it’s a new Department of Energy regulation forcing new dishwashers to only use 3.1 gallons of water to wash a load of dishes.

What could go wrong?

Nothing so long as homeowners don’t mind grunge baked onto their dishes due to the failure to have sufficient water to clean off the food. No matter how much Cascade and JetDry you put into the system, not enough water means disgusting baked on egg, and other delights.

The purported reason for the water limitations is to cut those dreaded greenhouse emissions to comply with Obama’s on-going global warming jihad. In Obama’s Ivory Tower world, it is inconceivable that a dishwasher that doesn’t actually get dishes clean might cause people to take alternative action. The most likely of which is to use much more water by hand washing every dish before it goes into the dishwasher and effectively only use the appliance for killing bacteria through the high heat drying process. Or, perhaps people could go full Madge, and only hand wash dishes rendering the modern appliance and convenience useless.

Apparently, regulators at the Energy Department don’t wash their own dishes, so they are unaware of what a real person would do when their dishes come out of the dishwasher disgusting. But this is just the latest of many bafflingly out of touch decisions made by environmental regulators.

The New York Times reported that in 2012, oil refiners were forced to pay about $6.8 million in fines to the U.S. government due to their failure to mix a government decreed biofuel into their gasoline and diesel.

The only problem was that the government mandated biofuel did not actually exist outside of the laboratory. That’s right, the government mandated use of a product that wasn’t in production and still was in the laboratory testing phase, and turned a deaf ear toward those who complained, instead fining companies for failing to use a non-existent product. Eventually, the federal courts disallowed the fines, but left the mandate of a gradual shift to using additional biofuel in gasoline, leaving refiners uncertain about the availability on a year to year basis.

And this is not the only biofuel problem where the federal government pointyheads fail to understand how products like ethanol impact both automobile engines and the overall environment.

For years, the government has attempted to jam gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol into the marketplace disregarding the damage that this level of ethanol does to the automobile engines themselves …

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Rick Manning is president of Americans for Limited Government.  Follow him on Twitter @RManning957.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on NetRightDaily.

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Well? July 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Does Rick have any empirical evidence that a load a dishes cannot be effectively cleaned with 3.1 gallons?

vicupstate July 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm

If he did, he wouldn’t share it.

GT July 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Hillary is to blame. (Just practicing for 2017)

RogueElephant August 1, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Do you mean that by 2017 it will no longer be Bush’s fault ????

Facts are Liberal Traps July 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

Facts are what liberals use to win arguments. We just need lots of anger towards government and baseless assumptions.

RogueElephant August 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

“Facts are what liberals use to win arguments.” WOW. Thanks I needed a good laugh.

RogueElephant August 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Depends on weather or not you think of all those starving Chinese children and clean your plate or not. LOL

CorruptionInColumbia July 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

And people really believe he wants what is good for this country and people?

This reminds me of those (relatively) new toilets that use less water per flush so they can be “eco-friendly”. Instead of one flush as with the “old” toilets, you need two oe three flushes to get the crap and tp down, assuming you bother to use tp.

Jeb July 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

I renovated the bathroom about 6 months ago and put in a new toilet. It is a low flow made by American Standard and it has not clogged one time nor required a double flush. Like anything else I think some of the first models years ago had problems, but the ones you can get now are just fine.

The Colonel July 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The third generation of the low flush toilets actually work very well, particularly the two option commodes with a flush option for urine and another for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump speeches.

shifty henry July 21, 2015 at 7:17 pm


Flush O instead July 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

You guys who voted for O should have flushed him instead. he certainly is flushing this country and future generations for the next 200 years.

CorruptionInColumbia July 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I never voted for him.

erneba July 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

He would clog the pipe. That much of a load has to be dumped in small amounts.

shifty henry July 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Wrong — he’s too greasy.

Tazmaniac July 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Actually, he is starting to look more Somalian than Kenyan. I think Al Sharpton and Louis Faggotkan have given him a disease case.

shifty henry July 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Whispers from the WH say Lil’ Benito prefers the Tall-Ette Elevated Toilet Seat with the Safety Arms — to keep from falling in.

erneba July 21, 2015 at 7:24 pm

I bet Obama’s elevated toilet seat has a seat belt, vanity mirror, and a teleprompter.
And Valerie is his designated wiper.

shifty henry July 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

10+ ….

Tazmaniac July 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Uh….that’s why we are supposed to be eating bean sprouts and tofu, Duh!

erneba July 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm

I used to eat sprouts, as a matter of fact, I like on most sandwiches better than lettuce. Could not handle the tofu.

Tazmaniac July 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm

I like sprouts also, but I’m mainly a carnivorous animal, and we all know that can be a little ridiculous with those low water flushers.

The Buzzman July 22, 2015 at 11:36 am

Tofu is only good in Pad Thai, cooked Bangkok street-cart style.

The Buzzman July 22, 2015 at 11:36 am

Sprouts are yummy.

erneba July 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Those eco-friendly tiolets would not work for most of the people that post here. They sling around a lot of crap.

Mike at the Beach July 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Most “eco-friendly” toilets end up getting flushed two or three times in order to get all of the little GT’s down the hole. More brilliant planning and unintended consequences…

mrbraindead12 . July 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Well, I believe in waterless urinals at least. It would save on water consumption, and we don’t have an unlimited supply of this rare fluid that we take for granted everyday of our lives.

Just Me July 21, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Some day you won’t need to worry about the TP because it will be outlawed as an extravagant waste of natural resources and energy.

shifty henry July 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm

I use 3M. 600-Grit Ultra Fine Silicon Carbide Sand paper (5 Sheets-Pack) $3.34 /package at Home Depot. Each sheet is reusable up to 12 uses. After the last use I let them sun-dry for a couple of days, and then use them to re-shingle the dog houses.

Speak D Truth July 21, 2015 at 7:21 pm

In the Army they issued John Wayne toilet paper.

erneba July 21, 2015 at 7:36 pm

It had to be called “true grit.”

Speak D Truth July 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm

No. It was rough, tough, and didn’t take shit off anyone.

shifty henry July 21, 2015 at 9:51 pm

….. and then we get to the unsolvable question — do you fold yours, or do you wad it up?

Mike at the Beach July 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm

That’s almost as important as the eternal question of how one places the roll on the holder. Most folks have the free end coming off of the front of the roll, according to recent polling (yes, seriously). This is the only thing my wife and I ever argue about, since she’s in the “backwards paper” camp…

TontoBubbaGoldstein July 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Y’all put it on the dispenser?
Often TBG just has a roll sitting on the tank….

Mike at the Beach July 22, 2015 at 10:40 pm

We’re high rent like that- it’s just how we roll…

I’m sorry.

erneba July 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm

You have just been nominated for the “Recycler of the Year” award.

shifty henry July 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Well, you know, if we don’t do something to save our planet, then who will?

Tazmaniac July 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Dirty dishes are only going to increase the Obamacare wait times. I swear Libs never think anything all the way through, but they mean well.

afmajret July 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

All Government is evil, pass it on. Oh, and enlightened self interest as a replacement for regulation is bound to work. Look how much better commercial airlines customer service got after it was deregulated.

The Buzzman July 22, 2015 at 11:38 am

Hah! Yeah. Air travel is NOTHING like taking Greyhound these days, is it? (snark)

Really? July 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm

So what? Wash them by hand. Lazy conservatives. *smh

Tazmaniac July 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm Reply
Limbaughsaphatkhunt July 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm

It’s no wonder the civilized world looks upon America with disdain and consternation. We waste precious natural resources like some sort of badge of honor and mock attempts within our own ranks to conserve.

The fact Obama is criticized for advising people to maintain air pressure in their tires (which dramatically reduces fuel consumption by the way), or imposing the auto industry to adopt to greater mpg efficiencies or appliances makers to use less water is common sense and good for the environment.

What confounds me the most is that so called conservatives should be behind it, if nothing else b/c it will put $$ back in their pocketbooks from the reduced water consumption.

200 Gallon Dishwasher July 22, 2015 at 11:35 am

Conservatives did it with lightbulbs. We need to waste as much electricity on inefficient lighting as possible! Then they did the same with gas mileage. We need to waste as much gasoline on shitty SUVs as possible! Now they’re attempting to do the same with water.

Jedmore Appliances presents our newest dishwasher, the Flooderator, using an astonishing 200 gallons to clean one dish! We can’t prove the dishwasher is any more effective than the average efficient models, but you’ll totally piss off those damn commies by unnecessarily using up more water! All for the low low price of $3,000! Yes, that’s expensive as hell for a dishwasher, but you love America, don’t you? Then prove it by raping the environment as much as you possibly can!

idcydm July 21, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Screw the Dept. of Energy and public waterworks, dig a well.

Dripping with Smug July 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

Can this prick possibly squeeze any more condescension into his shitty write up?

If you think a regulation is dumb and misguided, just call it dumb and misguided and put up evidence where it will be counterproductive. Diving into full douchebag mode will just result in people rolling their eyes at you.

The Buzzman July 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

Going “full Madge.” Nice touch. Gotta be an oldster to appreciate it though. Or at lest 45 or so.

Mac July 22, 2015 at 11:35 am

Remember, there was no violence last week . To say otherwise is to be a Racist,


LD July 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

I didn’t know trying to conserve water was such a bad thing. Whether or not you have 3.1 gallons or 3100 gallons– some items (particularly anything that you let dry on a dish or plate) need to be scrubbed before putting in a dishwasher. Seems like just looking for something to whine and complain about.


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