A couple of editorials in tomorrow’s New York Times that will get your heart pumping … first, “Playing Games With Toy Safety“:
With the holiday season approaching, there is more bad news about the federal agency charged with protecting children from unsafe toys. Nancy Nord, acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, joined industry lobbyists in opposing a Senate bill intended to strengthen her enfeebled agency. That was followed by the revelation that Ms. Nord and her predecessor took free trips from the toy industry.
Second, “Republican Tricks on Childrenâ€™s Health“:
For weeks now, the president and his Congressional allies have charged that the Democrats are unwilling to negotiate a compromise on expanding the State Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program, or S-chip, because they want to use Republican opposition as a campaign issue. But it is the Senateâ€™s Republican leaders who are doing their best to block any compromise.
They clearly would prefer to have no bill enacted â€” and provide ammunition for the presidentâ€™s campaign to depict Congress as a failure â€” than do anything meaningful to help children.