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The You’re On Your Own-ership Society

Posted by MEC on February 19, 2007

Here’s how BushCo protects our children from danger:

In 2005, when government scientists tested 60 soft, vinyl lunchboxes, they found that one in five contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe — and several had more than 10 times hazardous levels.

But that’s not what they told the public.

Instead, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement that they found “no instances of hazardous levels.” And they refused to release their actual test results, citing regulations that protect manufacturers from having their information released to the public.

Lead. Lead. Everybody knows that lead is dangerous, and especially dangerous to children. Exposure to lead causes serious, permanent developmental damage.

Bush’s Consumer Product Safety Commission acted to protect the manufacturer’s profits, not our children’s health.

The only surprise here is that the Associated Press was ultimately able to get access to the documents that revealed this malfeasance. reports that “The CPSC is currently powerless to enact new rules or levy fines because it has had only two commissioners since Chairman Hal Stratton, [a] Bush appointee, abruptly resigned six months ago to become a lobbyist.” Bush, however, is expected to nominate a new commissioner soon:

Insiders say that Michael Baroody, chief lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a powerful trade group that opposes aggressive product safety regulation, is President Bush’s choice to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

At least Bush is consistent. He always chooses the person most likely to undermine a federal agency’s purpose and act against the American people’s interests.

One Response to “The You’re On Your Own-ership Society”

  1. ironranger said

    Have you read that the fda has determined that meat & milk products from cloned animal are “safe” for consumption & would like to allow the products in supermarkets & restaurants possibly by the end of 2007? Since this is “safe”, the fda sees no need to label the products as from cloned animals! The fda is taking input from consumer groups & public on the website. However, they don’t make it easy to find on the website, what a surprise. The Center for Public Safety is one good website to read about this issue & give an opinion.

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