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  • A.B.Campbell 3:08 pm on January 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: America, CPSIA, oppression, , tyranny, United States   

    American nanny-state beset by natural consequences of tyranny: oppressive regulation. 

    Effective ongoing since August 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, targeted chiefly at children’s products, imposes an expensive and strenuous a new testing and certification process on these goods. The legislation, intended to reduce the allowable amount of lead in surface coatings and paint from 600ppm to 90 ppm, is riddled with ambiguity and oppressive standards while increasing the punishment for non-conformance. In addition, the legislation is retroactive, affecting products all ready on the shelves and the time frame allowed for those products to become certified is unrealistic – there aren’t even enough labs in the country to retroactively test these products.

    Perhaps the most oppressive part of this law is that manufacturers will be forced to test the end product. For example, a company that produces wooden toys in a single facility may only require a handful of components to produce a wide variety of products, and they would be required to repeatedly test (at the unit level) every product they produce, when in fact simply certifying the raw materials one time would save countless dollars.

    The Bruce is constantly disappointed by people’s willingness to trade freedom for safety and while I understand the importance of lead free products, legislation like this hurts many small business owners who will be unable to sell their products because the price will literally skyrocket 1,000%. Now, The Bruce may not be too sharp when it comes to math, but that seems like an awful lot of zeros to me, and such loosely defined, heavily punishable regulation has no place in the republic. That’s not America, that not even Canada.

    • don lando 7:15 pm on January 6, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This must be like our own little version of Europe’s new REACH legislation, which covers basically all chemicals but is being phased in over 11 years.

      Never thought I’d see the day where US bureaucracy outdumbed the micromanaging savants of Europe.

  • A.B.Campbell 5:24 pm on November 21, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: alternative energy, America, , ,   

    Career liberal bureaucrats predict the future: NIC 2025 Project 

    Report: U.S. Dominance and Influence Predicted to Fade »FOXNews

    The Bruce wonders why these things weren’t said prior to our election of an inexperienced, ultra liberal candidate over a defense heavy, moderate conservative… of course, I suppose there are so many pinko, career bureaucrats in Washington it shouldn’t surprise me. This thing is just dripping with tree hugging, hippie dippy nonsense. They really stretched to put a positive “you did the right thing in electing leftist Barack Obama” spin on the whole thing. Here’s my favorite part:

    On a positive note it added that an alternative to oil might be in place by 2025.”

    Read the NIC 2025 Project official report: Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World

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