Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Illegal yard sales

According to James Rosen in KansasCity.com,
If you're planning a garage sale or organizing a church bazaar, you'd best beware: You could be breaking a new federal law. As part of a campaign called Resale Roundup, the federal government is cracking down on the secondhand sales of dangerous and defective products.
So now it is no longer the responsibility of parents to ensure that what they purchase for their children is safe, it is the responsibility of you wicked yard-sale-ers, who endanger the lives of children, to check every item you sell for re-calls, or lead, or defects. If you don't do a thorough enough job in your research, you may be....what? Sued? Arrested?

This sounds like that recent consumer protection act (CPSIA) that would have made it illegal for libraries to allow children near their children's book collections until all the books were checked for lead!

When are we going to say that the Democrat's nanny state is getting way too big and too intrusive? I fear that by the time enough voters wake up, it will be too late.


professor ed said...

Speaking of voters, I wonder if the "Feds" are aware that each time somebody goes into a voting booth, they have to push one, or more, buttons to properly record their vote. BUT let us not forget that the voter(s) who preceded him/her also had to touch buttons; possibly the same ones! Just think of the GERMS that may have been on various button pushing fingers! As it is the duty of our Federal Government to protect us, apparently even from ourselves, maybe polling places should be required to spray the interior of each machine, following its use by each voter. Or maybe each voter should be required to wear gloves, availble for purchase at each polling place, into the polling booth. (If a voter can show documented proof of inability to purchase these gloves, a waiver of the purchase price will be permitted.

Dennis said...

Excellent point, professor ed! In fact, I wonder if those voting machines have been tested for lead! Perhaps the government is in violation of its own consumer protection act.

But wait, the government often exempts itself from liability for breaking its own laws. People should think about that when pushing for health care reform! Some government bureaucrat will make life and death decisions for us and no one can be held accountable for their negligence (but I digress :-)

St.Lee said...

The whole voting booth thing sounds like a good excuse, oops, I mean good reason to cancel elections, what with the swine flu pandemic and all....