August 21, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
Another example of what Republican crony government means to your life.
The Bush administration and China have both undermined efforts to tighten rules designed to ensure that lead paint isn't used in toys, bibs, jewelry and other children’s products.
Both have fought efforts to better police imported toys from China.
... Lead paint is toxic when ingested by children and can cause brain damage or death. It’s been mostly banned in the United States since the late 1970s, but is permitted in the coating of toys, providing it amounts to less than six parts per million.
The Bush administration has hindered regulation on two fronts, consumer advocates say. It stalled efforts to press for greater inspections of imported children’s products, and it altered the focus of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), moving it from aggressive protection of consumers to a more manufacturer-friendly approach.
“The overall philosophy is regulations are bad and they are too large a cost for industry, and the market will take care of it,” said Rick Melberth, director of regulatory policy at OMBWatch, a government watchdog group formed in 1983. “That’s been the philosophy of the Bush administration.”
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This reminds me of an old running gag on SNL during the Clinton Era. Norm McDonald would report the fake news, today it would go something like this:
"The Bush Administration prevented a crackdown on imported products containing lead because some Chinese guy didn't like it."
Posted by: Charles at August 21, 2007 9:29 AM
Just how is the market supposed to 'take care of' this? Parents can't exactly test for lead on their kid's toys, can they? There's also those little trinkets from China that are mostly made of lead; kids have died from swallowing attached to their sneakers as an advertising come-on. The biggest problem with lead and children is that it doesn't necessarily kill them but can lower their IQs by many points. If parents have no idea there's lead in or on their kid's toys, and why should they even suspect this when they're buying from supposedly reputable companies, they won't have their kids tested for lead and irreversible damage can be done without anyone ever suspecting the cause.
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