The Triclosan Cloud and the CPSIA Precedent
I have spent a lot of time explaining to audiences the devastation on businesses small and large brought about by the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”).
On Monday I interviewed CPSC Commissioner Anne Northup about the Act and the wide-ranging dislocations it caused and the costs it continues to pile up on American business. The transcript of that conversation will be posted here soon, and will be a primer on CPSIA. Commissioner Northup’sblog is here.
Today the Washington Post carries an article that ought to be titled “How About CPSIA 2.0” though its real title is “FDA says studies on triclosan, used in sanitizers and soaps, raise concerns.”
FDA has just swallowed all of Obamacare’s authority to regulate menus and drive-though boards in restaurant chains across the country, but it is clearly gearing up to snap up regulation of triclosan. Even as Henry Waxman urged on the job-killing CPSIA, the triclosan push is being orchestrated by Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey, another ardent proponent of bigger and bigger government.
Given the economic carnage brought about by CPSIA, every company making any product containing triclosan should immediately begin to mobilize opposition to rushed legislation or rule-making. “Markey wants triclosan banned from all products designed for children and any product that comes into contact with food, such as cutting boards,” the Post notes, and it was that sort of demand for an absolute ban on lead and phthalates that led to CPSIA and the havoc that has followed.
The left pushes panic and fear and the government expands as an answer to that fear. Every expansion leads to enormous costs and decreased economic activity and fewer jobs. It is absolutely vital to punish the Democrats at the polls in November and return the House into the hands of the party committed to curbing this expansion and then to cutting it back. You can help begin that turn-back with contributions to Tim Burns in the special election in Pennsylvania and to Charles Djou’s campaign in the special election in Hawaii, and with contributions to the NRCC.org and the NRSC.org. These latter two groups are not run by the RNC, but are targeting their efforts on returning the Congress to responsible hands and beginning the repair of the damage done in the past two years.