Floyd Reports Opinion


Oppressive regulation threatens remaining U.S. jobs


Experts say we are in an “invisible” economic depression and, despite the mainstream media’s constant insistence, there is no discernible recovery despite trillions of wasted dollars spent by this failed administration. Any improvement in the private sector is immediately squandered by heavy-handed federal interference and is far too anemic to make any real dent in the financial quagmire created by our elected officials.

A government truly interested in improving the plight of its citizens would help foster an environment conducive to creating new jobs and maintaining existing ones. Leftist politicians, however, generally attach a higher importance to grabbing more power for themselves than the well-being of those they are supposedly representing.

As evidence of this, regulatory overreaches on the part of the federal government have taken a toll on already-struggling employers. It can take years for someone with an idea for a small business to clear the hurdles and untangle the red tape, purportedly designed to protect consumers but with the real-world effect of costing jobs.

One such company, N.Y.-based Maxfield and Oberton, makes a line of magnetic desk toys known as Buckyballs and Buckycubes. Despite being approved (after complying with extensive safety measures and regulation) by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2010, the same agency has recently filed an administrative complaint against the manufacturer, seeking to prevent the product from being sold anywhere. Reports indicate this is just the second such action the CPSC has taken in more than a decade.

Part of their initial compliance dictated the company list multiple warnings on its product boxes, outlining the risk of injury associated with swallowing the small magnets. The warnings were apparently effective, considering Buckyballs has sold over 500,000,000 of its magnets in the past two years with less than 24 reported cases of injury.

Maxfield and Oberton emphasize the fact that these magnets are strictly for adults, as are many products in our society. The fact that a few careless parents let their children swallow the magnets is the fault of those parents, not the company that made the product.

Dealing with each tragic case of choking among children, who tend to put just about anything they find into their mouths, is not only outside the realm of governmental possibility but is actually exacerbated by a product of their own – coins.

Even including food items, nearly 1 in 5 choking episodes reported among young children were caused by a coin. I think it’s safe to say far more kids choke on a dime, which contains exactly zero warning labels, than a Buckyball.


B. Christopher Agee founded The Informed Conservative in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @bcagee.

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