Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's not just the big things

Let's say you don't care about the war, or torture, or spying on Americans, or shoveling billions of dollars into the pockets of billionaires.

Let's say you started out as a consumer activist, before there were consumer activists, and you became famous by fighting the big car companies and other corporate malefactors. And you not only became famous, you actually were successful, and cars and other consumer products are now much safer than they were before you arrived on the scene.

How do you think you'd feel to learn that the Consumer Products Safety Commission, headed by a former high--powered lawyer for Eastman Kodak and an official of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is sternly opposing legislation that would double its budget, expand its enforcement capabilities, and increase its staff?

Thanks, Ralph.


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