January 08, 2009
Imagine a world without used books, Handmade goods, small businesses that make quality products, even stuff on Ebay and Craig's List? If you do your research regarding CPSIA, you'll find that this seemingly good law that seeks to stop bad chemicals from harming American children is actually going to change the way we live DRASTICALLY. I don't know about you, but I buy lots of used books on Ebay, at library sales, and even get them donated to me by friends. I also love hand made goods - give aways on blogs - and small businesses who won't be able to afford the extreme fees for CPSIA product testing and certifications.
No homeschooler will be unaffected by this law. Don't kid yourself.
Do some research. Read about it. Watch this funny video by SNL. This is a big, big deal, folks. Imagine all those little businesses going OUT of business. Can't be helpful for our already lagging economy.
They want to prevent you from buying or even being given used books. What would become of all those lonely used books? The thought makes me shiver. Maybe they would end up in places like this abandoned warehouse.
I'm sharing a link to a petition that you can sign, and I highly suggest that you contact your senators. This law will go in to effect as is in early February if we sit back and do nothing. Hardly a senator didn't sign it - it is already speeding it's way to the president's desk. Barak's political platform comparison said, "Barack Obama believes free, quality public education is the heart of the American promise". Will his first few acts in the driver's seat also include making it harder on homeschoolers and homemakers... small businesses and resellers? I guess we'll see.
I hope that this new 'safety' law is not the first step towards Fahrenheit 451.
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