Concern for the Common Good . . .
. . . must also demonstrate concern for common sense. Senator Jim DeMint
explains his vote against a hasty bill in Congress meant to address the "lead crisis" in certain small children's toys and novelty items coming (most often) from China. DeMint argues that the bill, as now written, subjects re-sellers and small time Ma and Pop stores to the same costly regulation, testing, and threats of litigation to which it subjects big-time manufacturers and mass retailers. The impetus to "do something" in response to a very real problem (discovered, in part, because of some pioneering research done at Ashland) appears, once again, to lead Congress to do "anything" rather than to do the smart thing. Is it really impossible for Congress to deliberate and take action that is both responsive to the common good and to common sense? If this demonstration offers any guidance on the matter, it cannot offer much hope to those looking to Congress for common sense (forget wisdom) in response to our economic woes.
12:14 PM / February 10, 2009
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