I can't say it any better than what Fashion Incubator posted on their blog Monday, so read it here and then pop back.
I cannot stress it enough, cannot say it too many times, cannot plead and scream and shake virtual shoulders enough (be glad you aren't the poor clerk at my local health food store that made the mistake of saying "the CPS-huh? What is it?")...
As horrible as this is for our businesses, for our community, even for our children, the bigger evil here is what needs our full attention. Personally, I don't give a rip what the CPSIA offers to hush the screaming masses. The point is that they should not have the authority to define the parameters of a law in the first place. The worst part of HR4040 is that it is Congress passing the buck to people who have no accountability whatsoever to voters. It's win-win, because Congress looks concerned about our kids (and proactive... uh, finally) and someone else gets to be the bad guy. How ever horrible the "worst case" that the current officers of the CPSIA can dream up NOW, it is nothing compared to what they can make it say at any given time. And so if they pacify everyone (or at least those who are screaming the loudest) now, just know that while you are happily going about conducting business within the nice ol' CPSIA's concessions, they can revoke them without warning or notification at any time. The evil here isn't what they will do, it's what they have been given the power to do. And by "they", this can be the two officers who now make up the CPSIA, or any number of wingnuts with any number of agendas at any given time. This is scary stuff, folks.
The deeper I get into this, and the more I read and reason, the more "Moulder-ish" theories I come up with. But let's just stick with the facts at hand, and the benefit of the doubt. We have a new President. He happens to be one of the 17 who did not vote at all when HR4040 went before the Senate and Congress. He made a point of expressing during his campaign that he is "pro small business". And this issue was one of the 10 from change.org that were presented to him (since I'm sure he's had some slow days lately). And today I stumbled across this tidbit:
according to a Yahoo News headline,
although, if this means the Feb 10 date has been set aside, why are you just hearing about it now? Why isn't it on Fashion Incubator, Handmade Toy Alliance, etc? Is it possible that I got the scoop? Hmmm...
Maybe my conspiracy theories predictions are true, and the very first time the elite National Media will mention this mess will be when Obama, cape waving, announces that he has restored reason and in so doing, we have been saved. Whatever... but if he does, and if his superhero powers do not change the law itself (rather than issuing a very stern letter to get the parameters set), I'm going to keep fighting. Well intentioned or not, I refuse to live in fear of what "they" could do to me, even if "they" say "they" won't.