From Alex Mattila:
President George W. Bush signed the bill H.R. 4040 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act into law on Aug. 14, 2008.
The law is supposed to protect our children from lead which was recently found in products from China; however, this law affects all American made products even though they had nothing to do with the problem. It will now be illegal to sell (including yard sales) or give away new & used children’s clothes, shoes, books, educational materials, toys, bicycles, ATV’s, cribs, cradles, playpens, bath seats, play equipment(slides & swings), high chairs, car seats, strollers, school supplies (including homeschool), bedding, mattresses, furniture etc. for all children under the age of 12 after February 10, 2009 unless they are tested for lead by a third party testing agency approved by the government. This includes products used by child care services including day care, health care (dentists, doctors) and public safety providers. Congress has already appropriated $632,524,000.00 and 500 employees to enforce this law. Violators will be subject to a $100,000.00 fine for the first violation and $15,000,000.00 fine for multiple violations, up to 5 years in prison, and seizures of vehicles, homes, stores, businesses, and all assets associated with the violation(s). The thrift stores and businesses that families are turning to in these tough economic times to provide for their own needs are being shut down by our government! The handwriting is on the wall. If this ridiculous law is not repealed, it could very likely lead to parents being accused of “endangering” their children and being fined, arrested, imprisoned, and/or the loss of their children if they are caught clothing them with ”untested” clothing, letting them play with “untested” toys, or letting them read “untested” books. This law will effect the cost of children’s’ items to skyrocket. Our government has turned China’s problem into bankrupting sanctions against the American family. Ronald Reagan clearly articulated what is happening here when he said, “Government is not the solution, and it is the problem”.
You can check out this law on www.govtrack.us to read the 62 page bill for yourself.
What can you do about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)?
President-Elect Barack Obama has provided a means for citizens to elevate important issues. An official website has been established to allow citizens to rank the importance of various issues by voting on the questions listed on the website. Everyone is encouraged to access this official website to help elevate the importance of stopping the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The deadline for voting on this website is January 15, so circulate this alert as widely as possible ASAP!
Here is how you can register your concerns about CPSIA with the new Administration:
Step 1: Go to: http://www.change.gov/page/content/openforquestions20081229/
Step 2: Click on “Sign In” on right side of screen.
Step 3: Fill in the Sign in information in the boxes provided & type in both obscured words & or set of numbers in the “word verification” box
Step 4: Click on the “sign up” box
Step 5: Type in “CPSIA” in the box next to “search questions”
Step 6: Click on the “search questions” box
Step 7: View the questions about CPSIA and click on the check box next to the question if you agree with the question and if you would like the new Administration to answer the question. If you don’t agree with the question, click on the “X” instead.
Step 8: When you are done, click on “Sign out” on the right side of screen
Step 9: Go to: http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia, sign up, and vote on the left side of the screen
Step 10: Forward this to all your family and friends & ask them to oppose this before it is too late!
Step 11: Forward this to all your government representatives and tell them to stop this reprehensible law before it is too late!
This is all there is to it. This is a simple, efficient way for people to demonstrate their opposition to CPSIA. Thank You for taking the time to show your support for the present and future of the American family.