Parents and lobbyists have demanded that legislation be passed to ensure the toys that reach our children’s mouths are 100% safe for human consumption. As Nancy Pelosi says, ‘It should be a given that toys are not dangerous. Our children’s toys will be tested in the laboratory, before they are tested by our children on the living room floors of America.” Well, the American people have spoken and they have received a reply…
In the past year 45 million toys and products were recalled due to “dangerously” high lead and pthalate contents. Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to give more muscle to the Consumer Product Safety Commission to rigorously test toys for lead and six types of phthalates. A proposed bill would double the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission to $136,000,000 by 2014. Today that amount of money is half of the 2008 education budget for the entire state of Wyoming. Where is this money coming from? Me. You. Childless U.S. taxpayers. Half of the school-age kids in Wyoming.
How about this for a wild and crazy notion? Let’s pass the financial burden of testing for lead on to the manufacturers who are profiting from the toys. Or, let’s stop wasting our money on government babysitting services and buy fewer toys, that are higher quality, made by a trusted few toy manufacturers? (Here is a long list to choose from…)
We have options. We are in control of this. We can start today by being more selective shoppers. Furthermore, our kids don’t need as many toys as they have. Do you remember having a lot of toys as a child? Probably not because toys were more expensive and less readily available when we were children (at least they were in the old days when I was a kid). Let’s take back our own power and our own wallets. The cost may be that we can’t stoll down the aisles at Target and buy every toy our kids point to. I’ll happlily pay that price.