Literal Nanny-State: Toy Ban

First this from USA Today:

“Congressional supporters of a new law meant to protect children from dangerous chemicals are trying to make sure that the government enforces the legislation as they intended.

Congress in August passed a landmark consumer safety law that raises standards for toys and virtually bans several hormone-like chemicals called phthalates in products for children under 12.

Lawmakers wanted toys with the controversial chemicals to be off the market when the law takes effect Feb. 10, according to a statement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., co-author of the ban.”

It is a little too late. This is the classic normal government regulation. First, something bad happens, then the government bans it. If we do trust our government to be good at regulation then they should be able to predict this. Since, of course, they are human this is not going to happen.

I would probably guess that these companies which were making the poisonous toys have already gone out of business or changed their ways. We have hardly heard anymore about it in the news. What the government will do is put a regulation on all toys that will increase the costs to toy manufacturers.

The plus side for the toy manufacturers is that it would be difficult for new toy makers to enter the market due to the increased price. I would also imagine that domestic toy companies would try to get the foreign companies to be the only ones inspected. That is if there are any domestic toy companies.

So next time you see the government trying to ban something, don’t assume they are right. Know that it was a day late and a dollar short. This does not mention when they were blaming tomatoes for getting people sick when really it was jalapenos. We had people removing and throwing out perfectly good tomatoes and thinking they are safe with everything else due to Uncle Sam’s cloak.

The rest is here.


Published in: on November 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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