More Important Issues to Resolve
When I read the words “Wake Up, Americans” heading a letter to the editor (April 13), I was compelled to research the reasoning why I’ve been seemingly asleep and in need of awakening.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Aug. 14, 2008. While I’m not a fan of the Bush presidency, the driving force behind this bill was largely due to several high profile recalls in 2007 and 2008 of toys manufactured in China.
Nowhere in the text of this bill does it say that it is illegal to sell children’s books printed before 1985. However, it does mandate a phased-in reduction of lead content in books and toys of children’s products down to 100 parts per million by August 2014.
This bill deals with many safety issues such as banning the three-wheeled ATV, improved control of non-safety-compliant exports and imports. Other safety protections, too many to mention, focus primarily on child safety.
This bill did not “sneak through” Congress, but was a high profile piece of legislation. While there may be controversy concerning the accuracy of currently published history books, this bill, HR 4040, had nothing to do with it.
I struggle to understand the deep-seated anger so often vented at our government in recent years. It should be smaller, larger, can’t be trusted, likened to communism and Nazi Germany. We still remain the freest country in the world today.
This nation has many issues to resolve. We need to look elsewhere for the loss of freedoms in recent times. The elected officials in office today are there because we voted them in.
Effective change comes when everyone exercises that right.
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