The New York Times has an op-ed on CPSIA. As you might have guessed, it is wrong. Ignorant and wrong.
As I covered previously, the regulations were delayed over concerns that the testing requirements were too expensive for small crafters, micro- and small-businesses, and resellers, many of whom would end up being driven out of business.
According to the NYT, the delay was a mistake, the concerns were merely “needless fears,” and President Obama should replace the chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission with someone who loves toys, or something like that.
Unfortunately, the commission has yet to implement important aspects of the new law. The delay has caused confusion and allowed opponents to foment needless fears that the law could injure smaller enterprises like libraries, resale shops and handmade toy businesses. [Emphasis mine – CT]
Interesting that the Times claims the delay caused confusion. It was actually the regulations themselves that caused the confusion, resulting in untold amounts of old books, toys, and clothes to be thrown into landfills.
The truth is, the way this bill is written, it will injure smaller enterprises.
Last time I checked, the problem toys that prompted this legislation were not coming from granny’s Etsy shop, but from large multi-national corporations. Regulate them. Inspect products coming into our country from countries like China, at the manufacturer’s expense. Do not pass broadly sweeping regulations that treat multi-million dollar companies the same at the at-home mom knitting teddy bears to sell online.
Or will that cause too much confusion for the New York Times?
Hat tip: Overlawyered, also posting on this.