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November 8, 2007


Lead Toys and Bad Leaders

"Lead Poisoning: Acute or chronic poisoning by lead or any of its salts, with the acute form causing severe gastroenteritis and encephalopathy and the chronic form causing anemia and damage to the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. Also called saturnism ."
-Yahoo Education

I guess if you were a toy importer, or manufacturer from Communist China, your knee-jerk response to the parents of children who play with, and teeth upon, their lead-paint toys would be "They're not supposed to put them in their mouths. They're toys!" And let's face it, they do put warnings on these things, don't they? I bet it reads something like this:

"The Chinese government and the toy importers deny any responsibility for any child infected with lead-poisoning after putting this toy in his or her mouth." Or maybe they'll just put "Not to be taken orally" on the package. Either way, you know there's some Chinese government official or American toy importer who has already said, "What are they putting it in their mouths for anyway? It's a toy!"

But children, especially teething children, have been putting toys and other items in their mouths as long as they've had the two to put together. And there is a reason that we don't allow toys to be painted with lead paint. And even as recently as a couple of weeks ago, it was found that baby bibs, also imported from China, were found with lead paint in their shiny parts.

And now there's even more. An additional 405,000 toys, mostly toy cars from China yet again, have been recalled due to dangerous levels of lead in them. One of the importers, Schylling Associates Inc. of Massachusetts, couldn't be reached for comment about their imports.

Surprise, surprise!

"Although no illnesses connected to Wednesday's recalls have been reported, lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Children's products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall."
-The Associated Press

Six-one-hundredths of one percent is all it takes for a teething child to get poisoned by lead paint. Just a tiny fraction of the smallest percentage of the item's covering and a child might have to live with an illness for the rest of their lives, if they don't die from the disease, that is.

Lead poisoning is a lifelong disease. It's an invasion of the body, just as the HIV virus, the virus which manifests itself as AIDS. And one may get it from merely sucking on a toy as a child.

In this free and global economy which the Bushies are cramming down our throats, every regulation which the people of the United States have fought for are up for grabs. Lead paint in toys is actually being argued as a necessity of low prices, regardless of its effects.

ďA lot of people like to say, uh, scaremonger about China, right? A lot of politicians, and I know you talk about that issue all the time. I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. Ya know, if China were to revalue itís currency or China is to start making say, toys that donít have lead in them or food that isnít poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up too. So, I would say China is our greatest friend right now, theyíre keeping prices low and theyíre keeping the prices for mortgages low, too,"
-Erin Burnett, CNBC's "Money Honey" to MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Hardball

And that's just the attitude that has become acceptable to some. Why is this idiot still working on CNBC? Why are we still allowing any toys to be imported from China into the United States at all? Where is the accountability?

In this, the era of the Administration of Diminished Responsibility, everything is up for grabs and profit come before people and common sense. Make the levies around New Orleans stronger to withstand a Category 9 Hurricane? Preposterous! Create laws which will help turn the tide of global climate change? Ridiculous! Stop putting lead paint in toys? Are you crazy?

The problem is that I don't know if we can wait another year and a half to get these guys out of Washington. We lost our own government and sensibility to a group of atheists whose only gods are the portraits of dead presidents. They crave the power to control everything and care little for anyone and everyone who might be affected negatively. They are a small group who care little about the world which they'll leave behind and the health of the children of those who elected them. In short, they disgust me.

-Noah Greenberg

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