Enough to Make a Hardboiled Muckraker Barf

Last week Nancy Pelosi called for her to be fired because she complained that her agency would get more money to regulate industry. Today the Washington Post reveals her true colors: 

The chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and her predecessor have taken dozens of trips at the expense of the toy, appliance and children’s furniture industries and others they regulate, according to internal records obtained by The Washington Post. Some of the trips were sponsored by lobbying groups and lawyers representing the makers of products linked to consumer hazards.

The records document nearly 30 trips since 2002 by the agency’s acting chairman, Nancy Nord, and the previous chairman, Hal Stratton, that were paid for in full or in part by trade associations or manufacturers of products ranging from space heaters to disinfectants. The airfares, hotels and meals totaled nearly $60,000, and the destinations included China, Spain, San Francisco, New Orleans and a golf resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Notable among the trips — commonly described by officials as “gift travel” — was an 11-day visit to China and Hong Kong in 2004 by Stratton, then chairman. The $11,000 trip was paid for by the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory, an industry group based in an office suite in Bethesda whose only laboratories are in Asia.

Way to go, Nancy. Hope you enjoyed yourself. And when kids show up at the emergency room after sucking on lead-laden toys catches up to them, well, hell, who are they to expect socialized medicine? Besides, there’s plenty of kids. And moms to make more of them. Industry needn’t suffer.

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