“Lead” HeadsDomestic Policy, Economics & Law — By Robin Dembroff on January 19, 2009 at 12:54 am
The government is brilliant–they must be, as they say they’re able to create jobs while simultaneously passing laws that destroy them. What genius!
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed last year and going into effect on February 10th, will require all manufacturers of anything–be it clothes, bikes, dolls, books, sports equipment, furniture, you name it–that might be sold to children 12-or-under to place their product through expensive lead testing. After all, what kid’s day is complete without a good chewing on Goosebumps or Christmas socks?
In the clothing business, areas largely dependent on fashion retail are going to be hit hard. For example, LA company Charlie Rocket is expecting a $10,000-$20,000 cost for testing, and what’s more, retailers can use the new law as an excuse to return non-selling items to manufacturers, to the latter’s fiscal loss.
Of course, only government certified labs can run the tests, and as there aren’t many, each test will cost a company around $800 and prevent punctual product shipments. Not to mention the over $620 million of taxpayer money that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been given to enforce the $100,000 fine plus federal prison time punishment for not executing the regulations.
The government cares about your children–it would break their heart to see Billy get lead poisoning from sucking on his bicycle tires.
They care about you too–when you lose your manufacturing job in company downsizing, don’t worry! I’m sure you’ll get a nice job working at the government bank.