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Original Post

Sorry for all caps. I really wanted to catch everyone's attention. I'll stop shouting now.

I mentioned in another post the possibility of having a blog-in where all of us with blogs post about the CPSIA and its effects on the same day(s) in order to make as much of an impact as possible.

We're hoping to go ahead with this and have picked this Wednesday as the first date in order to hopefully get as many people on board as possible.

Holly (Winklepots) and I have drafted a post to help everyone one. Okay, Holly did most of the work (thank you Holly!). Hopefully this will give you something to post. Post all of it, part of it, use it for inspiration.... If we can all have posts ready to go for WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28 that would be fabulous!

Posted at 2:30am Jan 25, 2009 EST


Here is the post for those of you who would like something set up already:

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Posted at 2:31am Jan 25, 2009 EST

The US must be waking up now so I'm bumping this up to the top

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1. Chichiboulie

Posted at 7:20am Jan 25, 2009 EST

Don't blog but the idea!

Posted at 8:05am Jan 25, 2009 EST

iloveplum says

What a terrific idea...I'll post on both my blogs!!! Way to go! xo

Posted at 9:27am Jan 25, 2009 EST

mamaroots says

will add it to my blog- great idea

Posted at 9:32am Jan 25, 2009 EST

jstinson says

I did a blog this morning but will do so again on the date suggested.

Posted at 9:34am Jan 25, 2009 EST

BuggaLove says

I'll add it as part of my blog on the appropriate day :)

Posted at 10:36am Jan 25, 2009 EST

I will post on my blog on Wed!

Posted at 10:46am Jan 25, 2009 EST

Count me in! and THANKS!! This Wed.

(^_ ^) rozzi

Posted at 10:50am Jan 25, 2009 EST