Remember this guy? He is the guy who makes a stupid law and outlaws toys. He is the Burgermeister Meisterburger from the Christmas special "Santa Clause is coming to Town". I remember watching this show as a little kid and recognizing a dumb law when I saw it. I knew it was a dumb law to out law toys.
Well in the show the Burgermeisters pass away and people move on. But in reality our Burgermeistes are just now making themselves known.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is a US law signed on August 14, 2008 by President George W. Bush. The legislative bill was known as HR 4040, sponsored by Congressman Bobby Rush. The law—public law 110-314—increases the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), imposes new testing and documentation requirements, and sets new acceptable levels of several substances. It imposes new requirements on manufacturers of apparel, shoes, personal care products, accessories and jewelry, home furnishings, bedding, toys, electronics and video games, books, school supplies, educational materials and science kits. The Act also increases fines and specifies jail time for some violations.
Under this new law it will be a felon to sell any children's new or used clothing or toys without a certificate they are lead free! That is right. Second hand stores are saying this will put them out of business. Small companies who make children's clothes are saying they can't afford the $50,000 to have their products certified. Retailers are already calling 2009 the year of bankruptcies. Now lets just make it more difficult with a stupid law.
Take a nice look at our new Bergermeister Meisterberger. It will be more difficult for struggling Americans to clothe their children and give them toys. Especially the less expensive second hand items. Another fine example of Democrat taking care of us little people. Will Bobby remember to go after garage sales next? Stay tuned.
Here is a link with some comments and the link from there for the original story. http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?t=317394