Monday, January 05, 2009

Have you voted yet??




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!!

11 comments:

cindy said...

This is the most bizarre law I have ever heard of. I can't believe that this is the best solution that they can come up with!

muralimanohar said...

That's the thing, though! It's NOT the best solution they can come up with! They just threw out a poorly thought out, pat themselves on the back, blanket law, which on the surface LOOKS like they are doing their job and protecting the innocent, but is actually going to do so much more harm than good that we can only BEGIN to see the ramifications! Everybody who is going to be hurt by this are the people who are already complying, because they are so smalltime, that they are already only using stuff that has already passed import and customs laws. THEY aren't the ones outsourcing to China and having to make sure what comes back is safe. But THEY are the ones who are going to be crushed. And as of this point, the politicians just don't care. It makes me so sick.

Mary-Laure said...

Its so weird, I hadn't heard about that law, thanks for bringing it to my attention. It's great when blogs make us more aware.
I'll click right away.

Sasparilla Sue said...

I voted. The crazy thing is that the only way I heard about this was by different blogs that I read. It's not one of those big ticket news items so nobody knows about it here unless you're in the business of making handmade items.

thriftymrs said...

WTF? That is the oddest thing I have ever in my life heard. Talk about trying to boay up your economy in the stupidest fashion ever. I really hope this doesn't happen.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

It's such a f'ed up, shortsighted plan...am hoping it goes under heavy review and they figure out a way to save small manufacturers from the same standards large corporations are held to...thanks for publicizing--you are such an awesome watchdog!

Momo said...

Poo poo poo!! You explained it all so well!

Manjari said...

Ack! Voted!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I just voted! Thanks so much for the link. I've been reading a bit about it on Etsy, but hadn't realised just how widespread a law it's going to be! It's just so stupid!

jorth said...

I was reading about this today, and I swear, it's like the worst April Fools Day joke ever. *shakes head sadly*

Patty said...

I'm glad you posted this. I first heard about it on Facebook and thought no one was paying attention but now I see more and more about it on blogs, which is good. The whole thing is so stupid. I hope the law gets repealed, or at least changed enough to make more sense.

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