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Friday, November 09, 2007

Whose side is she on?

Lest you think ethical lapses reside only in Trenton, consider the fuzzy thinking of Nancy Nord, acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington. She sees nothing wrong with taking trips paid for by the industries her agency regulates. What better way to preview the season's hottest new toys than to attend the American International Toy Fair in New York on the Toy Industry Association's dime? Taking the trips is legal, she said, and have been going on for years with the approval of commission attorneys. Sure, it may be legal. But ethical? No way. How can you honestly regulate an industry that's paying your way?

Nord is the same administrator who voiced reservations about congressional plans to double the commission's budget and authorize hiring more staff. She would like the money and people, but opposed provisions that would protect whistleblowers about product safety from repercussions and make it easier for the government to release reports of faulty products to the public. Isn't that what an agency overseeing product safety is supposed to do?

This "It's legal so it's OK'' excuse is wearing thin. Ask former Sen. John O. Bennett III (attorney billing practices) and soon-to-be former Sen. Ellen Karcher (farmland assessment) how that argument played with the voters.


Anonymous Ray said...

Nord is a small-government conservative who apparently thinks it's her job to show how government fails the test. We've got to get rid of these idealogues who have such extreme agendas and don't care who they hurt in the process of putting them into place.

This is the inevitable outcome of putting people in charge of government who don't believe in government.

12:08 AM, November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is no different than Al Gore who lectures us to conserve to prevent "global warming" while he travels in his private jet.

3:12 PM, November 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention Robert T. Collins, former Press publisher, for fraud and evasion for failing to declare non-cash compensation on his income tax returns from company paid workers providing labor for his privite residence from 1997 on. Ohh sorry, that would be unethical AND illegal. My error...

5:19 PM, November 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Collins was truely the epitome of what is wrong with the media. Thank God he's gone.

9:44 PM, November 17, 2007  

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