801 days have passed since ANY Democrat in Congress did ANYTHING to help us on the CPSIA. There are only 9 days left until Election Day.
801 days without ANY help. Amazing . . . .
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, the Illinois Congresswoman who informed the WSJ that I am a "cynical special interest" because I dared to participate in the upcoming midterm elections, is not content with rearranging your business and the Children's Product industry. Now she wants to redesign your new home.
Does she have good taste, you ask. Well, read on and see what you think of Jan Schakowsky as your architect or decorator.
Your home is your last refuge, right? Not if she gets her way - but then again, she knows what's best for you! After all, a bigger government involved in every aspect of your life is a BETTER government. The estimable Ms. Schakowsky is the sponsor of HR 1408 Inclusive Home Design Act of 2009. In other words, this law-in-the-makings is her handiwork.
She brags about this pending legislation on her Facebook page in posts dated October 6, so she must be pretty psyched about it. I gather she wants the electorate to know of her excellent leadership in Congress, so I thought I'd help out. Happy to lend a hand to such a "great" leader.
Best I can tell, Ms. Schakowsky latest brain wave is to require you to redesign your new home to be disability-friendly if you get "federal assistance". The so-called purpose of the act is "[t]o require all newly constructed, federally assisted, single-family houses and town houses to meet minimum standards of visitability for persons with disabilities."
And what might she have in mind, precisely? Anyone who receives "federal assistance" needs to design new homes to meet several ADA-like standards even if they are useless to the buyers. No matter that this will cost money or that you don't want it. It's good for you, Jan says so. It may also make it difficult for you to find new homes without these features. Like cod liver oil, you'll get used to it!
As noted, to get into this spot, you need to receive federal assistance. Here's a sample of what might constitute "federal assistance":
"any assistance that is provided or otherwise made available by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development or the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or any program or activity or such agencies, through any grant, loan, contract, or any other arrangement, after the expiration of the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, including . . . grants, subsidies, or any other funds . . . services of Federal personnel . . . any tax credit, mortgage or loan guarantee or insurance. . . ."
In other words, if you even brush against the federal government in constructing your new home, you are COVERED by this law. Tax credit for your new energy-efficient furnace? You're IN. HUD loan refinance for a development of several homes? You're IN. Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac involved? You're IN. Vet benefits? You're IN. Inspected by a federal employee for some reason? You get the idea.
Hey, here's the REAL idea - the government belongs in EVERY aspect of your life. Ms. Schakowsky doesn't even think you should be allowed to measure the door frames in your house without her oversight. It doesn't even matter if you have a disabled person living in the house - you MIGHT be visited by one and certainly, you would not able to accommodate that visit without Ms. Schakowsky's supervision.
Perhaps you should invite her, too, just to work out the kinks. Uh-oh, I sense an amendment coming!
Had enough yet? If not, vote DEM on November 2nd so society can be reengineered a little bit more. On the other hand, if you have the vaguest sense that this is a runaway train and might need to be stopped before it's too late . . . vote the other way.
The Dems brought this on themselves. They put people like Schakowsky in leadership roles. The Children's Product industry is in tatters as a result. PLEASE STOP THE INSANITY ON NOVEMBER 2ND!!!