Wednesday, September 03, 2008

George Will to America's Children: Eat Lead!

Not in a "Wild West" sense, but because toy safety isn't a job for the federal government.
In his Denver speech, Barack Obama derided the "discredited Republican philosophy" that he caricatured in four words - "you're on your own." Then he promised to "keep . . . our toys safe."1 Among the four candidates for national office, perhaps only Palin might give a Madisonian answer - one cognizant of the idea that the federal government's powers are limited because they are enumerated - if asked to identify any provision of the Constitution, other than the First Amendment, that imposes meaningful limits on congressional or executive authority to act.
The biggest threat from imported toys of late? Lead paint. (Not that lead paint is the only think keeping the CPSC busy.)

Well, at least Will doesn't object to clean drinking water. (Yet?)
Obama said,
Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves - protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.

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