Monday, November 1, 2010

CPSIA - Election Day is FINALLY Here

810 days have passed since ANY Democrat in Congress did ANYTHING to help us on the CPSIA.


[Here's the long version of this clip, with people screaming out the windows "I'm as Mad As Hell and I'm NOT going to TAKE THIS anymore!"]

Tuesday is the BIG DAY, guys. We have an opportunity to pay back the perpetrators of the CPSIA in the voting booth. Don't miss this opportunity - it's your right as a citizen, speak out and tell them where you stand. Ideally, make them PAY with their jobs for their refusal to listen.

I have thrown my efforts into two Congressional campaigns - Bob Dold running in Illinois' 10th district against Dan Seals, and Joel Pollak running in Illinois' 9th district against CPSIA perpetrator Jan Schakowsky. As you know from this space, I have given up on the process of "dialogue" - no one in the Democratic Party will listen anymore (if they ever did). The next phase is politics. If they won't listen, we will throw them out.

Tomorrow is the day we measure what we have achieved.

It didn't have to be this way. When Inez Tenenbaum came on board as Chairman of the CPSC, she promised to engage in dialogue and to listen to all stakeholders. As far as I can tell, that was a bald-faced lie. If it wasn't a lie, it turned out to be completely untrue. Sham processes like two-day workshops and comment periods were thrown up as a smoke screen to cover up a scheme to impose draconian regulatory change whether we wanted it or not.

Listening isn't this CPSC's forte. Nor is data analysis. With the cram downs evidenced in the final rules on the definition of "Children's Product" and the public database, it is perfectly clear that Ms. Tenenbaum has no interest in views that diverge from hers, whether based on fact or data or reasoning. She's on a mission - and there's hell to pay if you stand in the way. Just look at her penalty record.

The next big event at the CPSC is implementation of the final rules on component testing and testing frequency/reasonable testing programs. This is coming SOON - all to ensure that the stay on testing requirements can be lifted in February - you know, so we can all be so damned safe. [Do you have a sense, by the way, that we are UNSAFE today - despite the stay? Oh yeah, that's data and reasoning again. Pah!] When they cram down those rules, your goose is cooked.

You've been warned (many times).

So tomorrow is your big chance to tell the Democrats that you aren't going to take this anymore. That goes double for the people principally responsible for the CPSIA, like Jan Schakowsky, Henry Waxman, Bobby Seals, Barbara Boxer and other Democratic "luminaries" up for reelection. Here is a list of the members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce - I hope you will vote AGAINST any and ALL Democrats on this Committee. NONE of them did ANYTHING to help us despite our pathetic pleas for help literally for years. They have PROVEN they don't care - and you need to throw them OUT.

People ask me - how can I be so certain that the Republicans will help us? Will they be better than the Democrats, really? Aside from the fact that some Republicans have gone to great lengths to try to help us, taking political risk along the way (something I will never forget), I can say this with CONFIDENCE - I know EXACTLY what to expect from the Democrats. If we don't make a change, we're goners. So the Republicans are my choice and my strong recommendation to you. When they are in power, we'll see what they will do. I am confident, but as voters, we all must remember that the proof is in the pudding. In the meantime, we need to make some serious changes NOW.

After the Election winds down, I have a long "to do" list and will publish a number of essays on CPSIA subjects that deserve your attention. In addition, we must engage in dialogue on how to fix the mess Ms. Tenenbaum and Mr. Waxman have created. That's to follow . . . but as for now, you must vote.


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