Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Strengthening of Consumer Agency Opposed by Its Boss

The top official for consumer product safety has asked Congress in recent days to reject legislation that would strengthen the agency that polices thousands of consumer goods, from toys to tools.

On the eve of an important Senate committee meeting to consider the legislation, Nancy A. Nord, the acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has asked lawmakers in two letters not to approve the bulk of legislation that would increase the agency’s authority, double its budget and sharply increase its dwindling staff.
Is this classic governmental mismanagement or what? This is akin to the Department of the Interior (allegedly the main conservation agency of the federal government) coming out in favor of drilling for 2 days worth of oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Now, instead of destryong a wilderness, we have the head of the agency formed to protect consumers from things like lead in paint from China, saying that the rules the agency operates under need to be weakened. So much for protecting consumers. After all this is the Bush Reich - their goal is to protect business and campaign contributors at the expense of the public. How this moron retains a 24 percent approval rating is beyond me.

Wake up sheeple.

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