Could we get this lucky? One of the Senators responsible for the penal phthalates ban in the CPSIA and a big CPSIA advocate, Barbara Boxer, seems to be fading in her effort to hold her "safe" seat in California. See "Poll: Fiorina beating Boxer in California". In another CA race involving a featured performer in this space, Jerry Brown (Democratic candidate for governor) is in a dead heat with Meg Whitman. Mr. Brown has already occupied the CA governor's mansion once before. This race is all about whether California voters learned their lesson last time.
Mr. Brown distinguished himself this week by suing bouncy house operators for lead-in-vinyl at the urging of the offensive Center for Environmental Health, bringing yet more prestige to the Golden State: "Jerry Brown: California's top bouncy house cop saves the day" ("L'Affaire Bouncy partially explains why Jerry has been slowly unveiling his gubernatorial campaign and positions: He's been busy investigating this insidious scourge of California's families. Fight on, Attorney General, fight on! UPDATE: Spotting the hanging curve ball out over the plate, Team Whitman has quickly assembled and lawyered a response to the L'Affaire Bouncy, as if it needed one: 'There's something very ironic about Jerry Brown, of all people, investigating the combination of hot-air and make-believe,' says Whitman spokesperson Sarah Pompei said.").
I hate to be out-quipped but gotta hand it to the Whitman folks, that's solid.
Of course, our dear Democratic leaders from California are also the innovative developers of the "Green Chemistry" initiative that will require that we all send in chemical analysis of all of our products for the state's approval and remediation. This bonanza for safety has the potential to drive our company out of the CA market for good. California is the fifth largest economy in the world - we don't want to leave it. The LA Times has consoled me with their assurance that we will all save money in medical expenses. We have descended into LaLa Land.
I remain stunned over this succession of deadly legislation all in a row. Even more shocking is how the Dems puzzle over WHY people are so angry about persistent unemployment or a lack of investment by business. Go figure.
Personally, I am cheering in all the races involving the principals behind the CPSIA, hoping for some additional unemployment in those districts (one job loss per district). In some cases, I am doing more than cheering. If you are also fed up and can't go forward this way any longer, I URGE you to take dynamic steps to take back YOUR nation. These folks don't own the place - you do.