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Fox guarding the henhouse

May 17th, 2007 (09:26 am)
current mood: geekery

For head of the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Bush has nominated one Michael Baroody, currently a senior lobbyist at the National Association of Manufacturers. By a staggering coincidence, many NAM members have business before the CPSC. But it gets better: he's getting a $150K "departing payment" from the NAM; add in $45K worth of unused vacation time, and most of his income for 2006 will be from the NAM, not from his CPSC job. Think that won't influence him when he's deciding whether to intervene the next time someone uses lead paint in children's toys?

According to the New York Times, Bush is likely to use another recess appointment to put this...creature...into office. This is what I wrote to my Senators:

President Bush has nominated John Baroody, senior lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers, to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many of the NAM's members have business before the CPSC. Many are, or can expect to be, facing CPSC action for their defective products. It is unreasonable to expect Mr. Baroody not to be biased in their favor, especially since the NAM is paying him a severance package equal to the salary he would receive as head of the CPSC.

Please block John Baroody's confirmation. Also, please submit a Constitutional amendment closing the "recess appointment" loophole, which President Bush abuses so often.

Edit: Irregular Times has a few extra details, including this wonderful line: "The CPSC is the office that keeps your kid from being killed by electrical hazards from her Bratz Beauty Salon toy, leaving her instead to linger on into her old age with the strange feeling that her eyes aren’t large enough and she really would look better without a nose."

Update: he withdrew.