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Happy National Bankruptcy Day (Feb. 10)

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‘If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.’  ~ Ecclesiastes 5:8

[Update: The ONE man in Congress to stand up against this nonsense and vote ‘No’ was Ron Paul.]

In yet another draconian act of legislative brigandage, Congress has decided to use the force of law to prevent parents from buying discounted toys and–in the name of protecting us from ourselves (insert Lee Greenwood here)–will likely force hundreds of stores to close their doors and lay off workers just in time to meet the Recession head on!

But they’re doing it for the children!

Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, or HR 4040, a retroactive rule mandating that all items sold for use by children under 12 must be tested by an independent party for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable.

All untested items, regardless of lead content, are to be declared “banned hazardous products.” The CPSC has already determined the law applies to every children’s item on shelves, not just to items made beginning Feb. 10.

The regulations could force thousands of businesses – especially smaller ones that cannot afford the cost of lead testing – to throw away truckloads of children’s clothing, books, toys, furniture and other children’s items and even force them to close their doors.


In the Land of the Fr… Oh, nevermind.


Written by ninepoundhammer

January 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Posted in economy

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  1. The most asinine part about this is that they are putting the burden on the stores that sell the stuff. Most businesses simply act as an intermediary between customers and manufacturers (except for the service industry and certain places like David Gardner’s where the sales people will spend all day educating you and helping you). I wonder if Congress is going to force this on Amazon and Ebay as well.

    In the Land of the Fr… is right. What are they going to do next…demand a college football playoff? These people have no idea what their job really is.


    January 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

  2. Craziness! Pure and simple! Don’t forget to write congress.


    January 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

  3. While the entire CPSIA needs to be re-thought and re-written – they did pass a law stating that resellers, resale and consignment stores do not have to certify that their items are lead free – but they still fall under tha law of not being permitted to sell items that have lead in them. What that means is that they don’t have to test, by law, but that if something is found to contain lead they will be held responsible for having sold it.


    January 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

  4. @fuzzybritches: True enough, but that is a recent change–which is not part of the original legislation, I am told, but the Consumer Protection Agency’s ‘interpretation’ of how they are going to enforce it–and a change that was only made in response to the flood of complaints to Congress and the CPA.

    It is somewhat of an improvement–but it still stinks to high heaven, if you ask me.


    January 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm

  5. Absolute it stinks – the entire legislation stinks. The only ones NOT going to suffer are the mega large businesses. The small companies and at home crafters are the ones that will suffer and there are a number of us out there. The public really has no clue how this will impact our society as a whole. The intent of the law is great – the implementation is less than ideal. Leaves a really sour taste in the mouth towards our government.


    January 10, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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