Wednesday, February 11, 2009

CPSIA - The De-stimulus program

It appears that I'm little late in finding out about this one. It appears that back in August 2008 Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. This was sponsored by Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush and quickly signed into law by President Bush.

As is more and more typical of our government representatives, their good intentions often produce bad consequences. This is a prime example of good intentions gone wrong. It also a prime example of what happens when you vote on a bill that you didn't read. And, this one is only 63 pages long (!

As of yesterday (2/10/2009), what will now be know as National Bankruptcy Day, many children's products are now illegal. Common examples include ATVs, bicycles, and motorcycles. But it certainly doesn't stop there. Everything made for children is affected. New mandatory testing requirements (don't let 'em fool on this one) make even the resale of virtually all children's products nearly impossible.

I can't imagine a better way of de-stimulating the economy... Then again, there's that $1,000,000,000,000 "stimulus" plan that promises us a new job for every $225,000 that we spend on it. Now that's deal!

Back to the issue at hand. We need to take a stand and make the CPSIA go away. I signed at least three petitions today (, (, ( Tomorrow I call the id10ts that call themselves my representatives...


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