Thursday, May 7, 2009

Columnist Criticizes Choice to Head CPSC

In a column in the Los Angeles Times David Lazarus wrote, "President Obama finally named his pick to head the long-neglected Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday and called for a big increase in funding for the agency." He says "that's the good news." However "the bad news is that it looks as if he's using the appointment as a political pat on the head for a prominent supporter, and not necessarily as a first step toward kick-starting an agency that for too long has come up short in safeguarding the public." Lazarus concludes, "It seems trite to say, but product-safety policy can be boiled down to a single phrase: Better safe than sorry" and "the sooner Tenenbaum understands that, the safer we'll all be."

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