Monday, January 05, 2009
If this law passes, I won't even be able to legally give my kids outgrown clothes to my neighbor. That's not a joke. No garage sales, no thrift stores, no consignment stores..no jumble sales, no church fetes, no blessing the less fortunate. I can't make a homemade stuffie, like my Butter Thief, which you can NOT buy from ANY major manufacturer (believe me..if I could buy a Krsna doll from a major manufacturer, I would be ALL OVER IT), for my nieces. Cloth diapers will virtually disappear. Forget that cute flannel with teddy bears on it for your new baby. You know those cute little OOAK curly hair ribbon pins you see on all those boutique outfits? Gone. What to speak of the outfits themselves.
This all sounds like a sick joke; an over reaction by an excitable, panic-stricken mom somewhere. The first time I heard about it, I thought it had to be. But it's not. Friends have had answers from their congressmen, basically saying, yepp, it's true, yepp, it's staying, this is the only thing we can do to protect our kids. That is the laziest, most retarded answer I've ever heard. But still the truth.
And if you think it doesn't affect you, living overseas?? You wouldn't even be able to make a little outfit for your sister's kid living in America, without it being confiscated by customs. You will not be able to sell any product that might possibly be construed as possibly used by an under 12 yo on Etsy to anyone in the US. That, friends, is a LARGE market to lose out on.
It's in round two of votes to be presented to Obama on his inauguration. Please, please, please vote. Even if you think it doesn't have anything to do with you. Because it does. The ramifications of this, from peoples' livelihood gone so they have to go on public assistance at taxpayers expense, to the waste that will hit the landfills because nothing can be reused, to families that will not be able to dress their kids if they have to buy every single item brand new, to even YOU, when the manufacturers pass on the cost of testing EVERY SINGLE NEW ITEM at a cost of $1500 per item..ITEM IN A LINE, not just line. You think the recession is bad now?? Just wait til this brilliant law kicks in. THEN you will see some soup lines.
To vote, click on the little blue button in the box above, and then click on the little blue box with numbers of votes listed, near the top of the text. It will change to voted, when you do. I think they make you register, but it is super simple, so PLEASE PLEASE don't let it put you off!!