Tuesday, October 30, 2007

BushCo's Consumer Safety Head: "We Don't Want More $$$ Or More Power"

Does this woman snack on lead toys?

Is carbon monoxide her recreational drug of choice?

Why else would she reject the senate's offer to strengthen her agency's ability to protect us all?

Here's the current state of the US Consumer Safety Commission:

The agency has suffered from a steady decline in its budget and staffing in recent years. Its staff numbers about 420, about half its size in the 1980s. It has only one full-time employee to test toys. And 15 inspectors are assigned to police all imports of consumer products under the agency’s supervision, a marketplace that last year was valued at $614 billion.

So what's Ms. Nord complaining about?

On the eve of an important Senate committee meeting to consider the legislation, Nancy A. Nord, the acting chairwoman 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.

Ms. Nord opposes provisions that would increase the maximum penalties for safety violations and make it easier for the government to make public reports of faulty products, protect industry whistle-blowers and prosecute executives of companies that willfully violate laws.

How pathetic can this woman's loyalty to BushCo be?

I'm glad you asked.

She was critical, for instance, of a provision to ban lead from all toys, saying it was not practical.


She also criticized a provision that would give state prosecutors the authority to enforce the federal consumer safety laws.

Ms. Nord wants you to shut up about safety and quit your whining about lead-laced toys, cardboard in cereal chunks and the tiny fines corporations gladly pay to protect business as usual.

Of course, Nord would ask, "Ya got a problem with that, wusses?"

Just another craptastic day in Bushville.

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


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