In yesterday's CPSC Commission hearing in which the Commission voted down (2-2) an open discussion of the CPSC's recommended changes to the CPSIA, the issue of minority "oppression" came up. Nancy Nord reminded her fellow Commissioners of their commitment to collegiality:
"[The Minority Commissioners] have followed the procedures that we all agreed to this past summer in order to try to get things on the agenda. I very distinctly remember a very spirited conversation that Commissioner Adler and I had where we expressed concern about whether the Minority would be able to get things on the agenda and I was assured that certainly we were not wanting to tamp down the Minority voice and things would be put on the agenda freely."
Bob Adler explained his great reluctance to engage in a "public debate" as he contends that a debate is inappropriate right now. In fact, he characterized it as a "waste of time". After all, he says "I know what you [Northup/Nord] believe . . . . but I think the positions at this point are pretty firmly set." As for the Minority's ability to participate meaningfully, he notes: "Lord knows, nobody's views are being squelched on this. We got months of separate statements, dissents, tweets, blogs, editorials. People's views are pretty clearly known." Hence, there is no point to putting discussion of the recommended changes to the law onto next week's public meeting agenda.
Mr. Adler neglected to mention the public's interest in this matter.
Referring to himself as the "Prince of Darkness", Adler signalled that his views would be unpopular. It was an ironic label in retrospect. As the Prince of Darkness, he seems to be the poster child for obstructing the spirit, if not the letter, of the Sunshine Act. A really lovely thing for an Obama Democrat to be known for. . . .
In any event, it appears that Mr. Adler feels that blogging is Nancy Nord's outlet for making herself known - to the Commission and to you. She accommodated him tonight with a very insightful blogpost entitled "Sunshine Doesn't Shine Through Closed Doors". I hope you will read it.
And if you don't read her blog, you won't know what Nancy Nord thinks. Inez Tenenbaum and the Prince of Darkness have seen to that.
[Ed. Note: There's still time to admit your error and change your mind, folks.]