You've heard, I'm sure, about the Yard Sale Gestapo that will visit your driveway on a Saturday morn to check that you aren't selling any used but dangerous lead-filled toys that you've had around the house for five years in the hope that some child of a less fortunate family might get some use out of them. Can't have that can we?
Not finding many toys or books at the Goodwill store these days? No resale of that sort of thing anymore because unless you are willing to risk the liability you will be fined. Sorry, all of that useful stuff must be destroyed to "protect the children."
Unintended consequences are the bane of our existance. And, well-meaning, pandering legislators are the prolific creators of a never-ending supply of unintended consequences. If I were not an optimist I might believe that they actually intend to inflict the maximum damage on American families and businesses with the goal being to prolong the recession and exacerbate our economic strife. That couldn't be it, could it?
The Toy Story From Hell
There must be some sort of qualification required to display demonstrable stupidity to serve in our Congress these days. The ineptitude with which they impose this crap on America is impressive indeed.
Yet, the Congress-critters were duplicitous enough to exempt toy-behemoth, Mattel, from the requirements of the legislation. How did that happen?