reading the CPSC’s recent letter to Congress (here). They make the point that the CPSIA completely ignores the framework of the CPSC, which has always been allowed to develop its own priorities – which risks are the greatest, where their time and money will make the greatest impact, etc. They make the excellent point that having to focus on stupid things such as whether a child can be exposed to lead through the valve stem of a bike tire is distracting them from things that could actually kill a child. They point out that the law makes illegal the sale of dirt bikes to kids, so is forcing parents into buying adult sized dirt bikes for their kids…which could very will kill the kids.
What they’re getting at is that Congress is completely overstepping their bounds here – they wrote this detailed, onerous law with the underlying assumption being that CPSC and Americans in general are not able/allowed to do any thinking on their own. There is VERY LITTLE flexibility in the CPSIA. That is why, I think, even my more knowledgeable-about-Congress friends had trouble believing it at first. It’s unusual in its specificity.
But wait! Congress is not done.
Now they’re working on tagging of livestock, even for me and my three backyard chickens.
And the new food bill that could make it illegal for me to sell excess produce to neighbors.
And they’re taxing a particular group of people, retroactively? Um, isn’t that against the Constitution?
Not that Congress doesn’t normally do stupid things. But this many stupid things in a row?