Remember when we were told the CPSC wasn’t interested in the ‘little guy’ and this was not supposed to be about thrift shops and yard sales and quit worrying your pretty but teeny little heads, nobody is after you? The government already investigated thrift shops:
The commission studied thrift stores nationwide in 1999 and found that 69 percent were selling products that had been recalled, banned or failed to meet safety standards, according to the handbook.
Still, right now, you’re probably fine if all you do is hold a yard sale. But the government isn’t going to bother about thrift shops? It’s a myth:
The safety commission will not patrol garage sales, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said. But store proprietors who knowingly or repeatedly violate the law may be fined.
My guess is it is only a matter of time until garage sales are simply banned at the local level. That time may be a decade or two, because you’ll need to be boiled slowly enough that you won’t notice the temperature increasing and your liberties evaporating in the steam. So you’ll be as complacent then as we have been in the past about lost freedoms.
See Over-lawyered for two more cases of CPSIA killing perfectly safe businesses– in one case, the cost of the required testing is eighteen times more than the gross income of the business last year. I don’t know how PIRG representatives dare face themselves in the morning after testifying before Congress that the cost of testing was an affordable fifty dollars or so.
Last month the office of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), a co-sponsor of the measure, “said the bill is doing exactly what it is meant to do“.
Remember Waxman? “Are you asking me what’s in my bill? I dunno. I don’t have the details. I leave it up to the scientists.” That attitude is how we get trainworks like the CPSIA. Our representatives are too busy to do the work of governing, tedious stuff like READING and WRITING their own bills before they vote on them. It’s beneath them. They leave that up to the ‘experts,’ whom we didn’t elect and don’t know anything about and can’t fire.
For more about the CPSIA see here.
To stop train wrecks like this one, work to get the Read the Bills act passed.
RTBA requires that . . .
* Each bill, and every amendment, must be read in its entirety before a quorum in both the House and Senate.
* Every member of the House and Senate must sign a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has attentively either personally read, or heard read, the complete bill to be voted on.
* Every old law coming up for renewal under the sunset provisions must also be read according to the same rules that apply to new bills.
* Every bill to be voted on must be published on the Internet at least 7 days before a vote, and Congress must give public notice of the date when a vote will be held on that bill.
* Passage of a bill that does not abide by these provisions will render the measure null and void, and establish grounds for the law to be challenged in court.
* Congress cannot waive these requirements.
It would also be nice if we didn’t have representatives who made a mockery of their office by hiring speed readers to read the bill so that nobody actually has to understand what’s in it. Oh, shock. That was Waxman again.