Recall after recall of toys and food imported from China, and still the Feds sit on their hands and do nothing. Adding insult to grave injury, Mattel apologized to China.
Apologized to China for DESIGN FLAWS? They might as well have slapped American consumers in the face and done an Andrea Yeats on the kids.
Why not blame the tots for chewing on lead painted toys? It's all the kids' fault for slicing and dicing their fingers on doll strollers with razor-sharp edges, strangling to death on changing tables that have dangling straps, and swallowing tiny bits and pieces of toys and rattles that fall off at the drop a baby's mouth-chewing or innocent fingers exploring.
If any more children die or are maimed, it's the parents' fault!
After the first two toy recalls it became the parents' fault that their kids are dying or getting sick from the toys they buy with "made in any foreign country" printed on the label.
Carter Keithley, a toy industry association representative, said, " I think that we will see -- you know, continue to see a lot of product coming from China. The Chinese manufacturing operations, I've been through them, they are very good. What we have seen happen here is really truly an aberration."
Aberration? One is an aberration. Dozens are not!
Deadly dog food, tainted ginger, toxic toothpaste, leaded paint, tiny magnets, sharp edges, straps that strangle. All are part of the shame of American companies who have exported our manufacturing jobs to the slave labor sweatshops of the world.
In spite of this, toy reps are assuring parent that the toys they'll buy for Christmas are SAFE! Really? Is anyone naive enough to take the money men's word for anything?
On Oct. 1, Rachel Weintraub, Consumer Federation of America, told Lou Dobbs: The agency's budget has not kept up with inflation, has not kept up with its deteriorating infrastructure, has not kept up with increasing data needs, and has not kept up with the fast-pace changes occurring in consumer product development.
English translation: There's no way the government can properly inspect all food imports or any other kind of imports.
The next day Dobbs reported what the toy manufacturers had organized to put some top spin on the safety of their products in a feeble and obvious attempt allay consumer fears about products they will be promoting for Christmas sales.
Neil Friedman, president of Mattel, said they were doing everything to, "Make the consumer feel pretty good about what they're going to be buying going into the holiday season."
In a statement that can only be described as insanely ridiculous and illogical, Chris Byrne, a toy industry analyst said, " Well, I think some parents are obviously going to be concerned about Chinese toys, but at the end of the day, it's the kids who are specifying what they want."
The kids specify the buying! Outrageous!
No! It's up to the parents to tell the kids what they can have in spite of what the kids want. When did parents become such weak-kneed, weak-minded individuals that are so afraid of their kids temper tantrums that they've become so much limp spaghetti to be twisted and knotted in the hands of their spoiled brats?