National radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, a lawyer and law professor, has been doing his best to keep the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act’s economic harm front and center in the public policy debate. In a column today in The Examiner, he points out what off-road vehicle enthusiasts have been saying for months: By banning ATVs and minibikes and the like designed for children’s use, the law will encourage kids to ride bigger, adult-sized motorcycles. The result will be injuries and death.
It is embarrassing to admit that such a well-intentioned law has gone so badly wrong, but is wounded pride enough to keep Nancy Pelosi –a grandmother– from acting to stop a real threat of real injury and death to children?Apparently so. The reluctance of Congress to do a small but urgently necessary correction to an overbroad law is a warning of what to expect when its massively much more complicated “health care reform” kicks in and the law of unintended consequences begins to roll forward.
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