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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-01-07 12:01 PM
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Nancy Nord Must Resign

Nancy Nord Must Resign
Submitted by Rick Perlstein on October 31, 2007 - 8:44pm.

Readers of this blog first met Nancy Nord in this post from two and a half months ago. I had woken up to NPR's "Morning Edition," and heard a toy industry spokesman spinning the recent massive recall of Mattel toys for lead contaminationwas admiring her skill at obfuscation, throwing sand in the face of the facts, serenely and sweetly muddying the waters to deny there was really much of a problem at all, but that good folks had the problem entirely under control.

I listened on, and soon learned that this was no toy industry spokesman. She was the chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. She just talked like a toy industry spokesmanwhich, I soon learned, was no surprise: a typical revolving-door conservative crony, her relevant experience in protecting consumers was as a corporate lobbyist fighting to keep the government from protecting consumers.

That, in itself, is not a firing offense. It's just disgusting, and an all-too-typical example of the ideology of E. coli conservatism at work.

Now this.

As Campaign for America's Future has documented in its most recent report, "Toxic Trade", the Consumer Product Safety Commission is a badly broken agency. When it began in 1974 (under that flaming pinko Richard Nixon), its budget was $146.6 million in today's dollars. It had a staff of 786. Over the next six years of Democratic congresses and a Democratic president, that staff increased to nearly 1000 in 1980.

Then came the E. coli conservatives.

587 staffers in 1985.

487 staffers in 1995.

Now their budget is but $62.3 million, and they host only 471 staffers, responsible for the safety of every consumer product manufactured in the United Statesand more importantly, imported into the United States. Like from China, from where (according to toy industry figures; one of the things the CPSC is too underfunded and understaffed to do is keep an accurate count for the public) 80 percent of the toys America's children play with now come. The CSPC only has one employee who tests toys (he drops them on the floor, and sees if they break). They only have 15 inspectors working at America's ports. Some of their testing facilities are in buildings that aren't even up to code.

And we all know what that's meant. As Seantor Sherrod Brown says, When we import their products, we're importing their lax safety standards." .....(more)

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