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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Kansas Rep. Pompeo opposes consumer protection


The Consumer Product Safety Commission is about to open an online database on March 11, that would make it easier for consumers to view safety violations of a product.
This all seems perfectly harmless and yet Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, a newly elected US House Republican, is trying to block it. Why would someone block the consumer’s ability to check on the safety of a product?
That’s a tough question to answer because it seems like a no-brainer to let customers see what the truth about what they are buying. According to The Wichita Eagle, Pompeo pointed out the usual evils of “The Federal Government” running this site which he claimed would not be accurate.
It doesn’t take long to see that we have voted in another front man for big business whose allegiance is to those who financed his campaign and not the Kansas general consumers. Pompeo didn’t get elected to represent the people, he ran to represent business interests.
Pompeo blocked the site by pushing for an amendment to post pone the project. It gives the congress a chance to make changes that the business community will benefit from. He seems to have plenty of supporters in the congress with all those new pro-Tea Party—anti-worker/consumer Republican freshmen.
There is no logical reason people can’t get an honest look at the records regarding products they buy in the store. If congress was representing the common consumer, this would not be an issue. However, this country has elected lobbyist for business interests.

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