Mark Pryor’s Dumb, Job-Killing Legislation

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As a former resident of Arkansas, I have followed the career of Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Pryor9%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% pretty closely over the years. During all that time, Pryor’s M.O. has not really changed – “Aw shucks” + “Jesus” + southern accent = wins. Pryor has long avoided the Republican whitewash of Arkansas by being relatively low key about the way that he almost always votes with Democrats on controversial issues while loudly trumpeting the fake populist things he does that supposedly benefit the poor people of Arkansas. It’s thus pretty fair that Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom Cotton82%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard82% is basically running against Obama because agreeing (quietly) with Obama is virtually the only thing of substance Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Pryor9%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% has ever done.

However, on the rare occasions that Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Pryor9%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% actually takes a leadership role, the results are usually pretty disastrous. And nowhere has that been more true than the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Pryor9%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% was instrumental in shepherding through Congress back in 2008. By way of reminder, back in 2008, there was an Alar-level scare concerning some kids toys that were imported from China, and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark Pryor9%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9% took the bull by the horns and ran with this pointless crusade. FOR THE CHILDREN.

As with most dumb Congressional crusades, however, literally no scientific evidence was presented that the legislation concerned an actual health risk or that the legislation itself would even meet that risk. In fact, elevated lead levels in children were falling drastically before the enactment of CPSIA and have stopped falling since the law’s passage.

However, while the law has been useless at actually improving the health of children, as with most of these types of legislations, it has been remarkably effective at killing jobs, particularly in …read more    

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