Ok, I admit it; I don't pay that much attention to your politics. The big stuff--like the election--I can't help but pay attention to (and this last one was amazing), but the smaller stuff tends to fly under my radar.
Politics, blah blah, policy, blah blah blah, new laws, blahditty blah blah.
Mostly, I tune it out and tune in to something else. Like the pressing concern of whether or not I remembered to get the chicken out of the freezer to thaw for supper.
(And don't worry, I do this with our politics too. I prefer my "news" to come from Rick Mercer and the 22 Minutes gang. Or, if I want your news, Stephen Colbert is my go-to guy.)
So when I first heard about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, I thought to myself "Huh, that's dumb. It'll never pass." And then I tuned out.
But I've been hearing more and more about it, and the more I hear the more concerned I become.
No more Etsy? No more thrift stores and yard sales? More inspections driving up costs?
How about a little more common sense and a little less red tape?
I really don't see how this can be good for anyone except, possibly, those winders of all of that red tape.
So as your neighbour to the north, living in a country that, sadly, seems to follow your every lead, I emplore you to educate yourself about this act and, if you are as bothered by it as I am, speak up. After all, it's inauguration day. You voted. In record numbers, you voted. And I know you voted for change, but this is one change I think you should reconsider.
ETA: There's more in my reader this morning. From Frugal Hacks: CPSIA and You and Me