I was asked today if I am a Libertarian. I assume that's because I complain regularly about the growing size, budget and invasiveness of the CPSC coupled with the agency's diminishing impact. Does that make me anything other than opinionated? Is a label in any way informative or even appropriate? I find the urge to place me and my comments in some sort of category rather disturbing - are my comments so hard to interpret that I can only be understood with the orienting effect of a label? Let me assure you, my views are not guided by a political philosophy. I am simply reacting to the mess made by Congress when it passed a terrible, poorly-conceived law.
Opposing this law has certainly changed me and given me a completely new way of understanding the way our government works . . . or as Senator Byah might say it, doesn't work. Am I wrong to accuse the planners behind the awful CPSIA of increasing the size and intrusiveness of government to negative effect? I know I must seem like a grumbler - but is that fair?
Often, when I think of my increasing stridency on this topic, my mind drifts back to this Seinfeld clip. The absurdity of the CPSIA situation seems somehow captured by the episode where entrepreneur Kramer starts up a new transportation business in New York City. This is the scene where he is evaluating his new drivers.