Monday, January 12, 2009

Congress Out of Control (The End of Hand-Me-Down Toys and Clothes?)

I guess Congress is determined to shut down the independent toy and clothes retailer. Perhaps if we made more items here in the USA instead of offshoring them to distant lands that have no regulations, we would not have these problems.

A new government regulation scheduled to take effect next month has thousands of retailers, thrift stores and small businesses worried they will be forced to permanently close their doors – and destroy their merchandise.

The law is expected to have such a devastating impact that Feb. 10 is now unofficially known as "National Bankruptcy Day."

Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, or HR 4040, a retroactive rule mandating that all items sold for use by children under 12 must be tested by an independent party for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable.

Source: World Net Daily

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