As Bob McCarty writes, “Forget Guns and Ammo, It’s Time to Hoard Ink Pens”, and once again, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, the all-encompassing ADA of the naughts, is to blame:
When it became clear that Barack Obama would be elected president of the United States, Americans began to buy guns and ammunition at a record pace. With the Consumer Products Safety Commission expected to make an important decision tomorrow about the future of the lowly ink pen, Americans might want to consider hoarding ink pens.
The CPSC is expected to decide whether or not 95 percent of all ink pens sold for use in schools or by children under the age of 12 should be yanked from store shelves because their lead content exceeds levels allowed by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
And of course, with the economy in the tank, it’s the perfect time to attack manufacturers, who would otherwise be, you know, stimulating the economy with their wares. For my video look at CPSIA’s deleterious impact on books published before 1985, click here.