Practice with free writing: A rant against CPSIA

Last week, our guest blogger Kelly suggested free writing as a way to get ideas out onto paper. I found myself free writing yesterday as my frustration level with CPSIA mounted. After I posted my little rant on a publishers’ discussion forum, their enthusiastic response prompted me to share it with you too.

A Rant against CPSIA

After all is said and done, no one seems to know anything. The issues are as muddy or muddier than they were even two weeks ago.

Who is supposed to do what?
And by when?
What counts?
What doesn’t?
All of this?
Some of that?
This is exempt?
That isn’t?
Yes it is.
No, it’s not.
Test for lead.
Test for phthalates.
February 10.
August 12.
Expert X says blue.
Expert Y says Cincinnati.
Expert Z says yesterday.
No, mail letters.
No, send emails.
Here’s a petition.
Books don’t need to be tested.
Books need to be tested.
What’s a book?
It’ll blow over.
Manufacturers don’t know.
Retailers don’t know.
Resellers don’t know.
They amended the law.
The law was changed.
It can’t be enforced.
They’re not looking for the little guy.
They’re hiring more manpower to look for the little guy.
Never heard of this law.
Doesn’t apply to me.
No need to test.
Test new products.
Test old inventory.
Test all products.
If it was manufactured before November 2008, it’s exempt.
I don’t have to comply.
Do I have to comply?
How do I comply?
I’m compliant.
I’m exempt.

I’m tired!

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In the middle of this crazy whirlwind, I’m so grateful I can rest in the shadow of the Almighty, the author of order and peace. Praying you can too!

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  • Posted January 14, 2009


    Thanks, Tammy!

  • Posted January 14, 2009

    Tammy Cardwell

    Perfect! I’m linking to it!!!!!

  • Posted January 14, 2009

    Sandi Queen, Queen Homeschool Supplies, Inc.

    LOVE IT, Kim!!!!
    Thanks for making *sense* out of this senseless law!

  • Posted January 14, 2009

    JoJo Tabares

    This law is idiocy’s finest hour!

    You expressed so eloquently how we, in small business, all feel!

  • Posted January 14, 2009


    Just released: Ordinary books are not within the lead testing law.

    Good news: but let the rants continue because this will still effect parents, children and many businesses.

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