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Kids celebrate motocross victories a year after lead-law defeat

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AMA Press Release

Aug. 12, 2012


Media contact: James Holter
Phone: (614) 856-1900, ext. 1280
E-mail: jholter@ama-cycle.org

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — As many as 10 national motocross champions were able to take home the prestigious AMA national No. 1 plate this month thanks to the defeat one year ago of the “lead law” that banned the sale of kid’s dirtbikes, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The 10 young riders under the age of 12 earned their awards at the 2012 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships held July 30 to Aug. 4 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Cobra Motorcycles, which makes kids’ competition motocross machines, saw a lot of that success. Cobra President Sean Hilbert said that his riders’ titles wouldn’t have happened without the defeat of the lead law.

“It is very clear that we would not have been at Loretta Lynn’s without the lead law victory,” Hilbert said. “The success was made that much sweeter due to the categorical exemption of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles that made it possible, and obviously the AMA played a big role in that.”

For Cobra, 2012 was a bright spot for another reason: the company’s first AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in the 65cc class.
Utah’s Pierce Brown won a 65cc AMA national title for Cobra, which has been a longtime 50cc-class powerhouse. Brown won all three motos to sweep the 65 (7-9) Stock class.

“We introduced that model in the early part of 2012, and within a few months, we had a national championship under our belts,” Hilbert said. “We’re extremely proud of that accomplishment.”

One year ago today — on Aug. 12, 2011 — President Obama signed into law H.R. 2715 to exempt kids’ off-highway vehicles from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, known as the lead law.

“There were three things that came together to defeat the lead law,” Hilbert said. “One was the fact that as a community, motorcyclists rallied together in a way that I’ve never seen on any single issue. Another was the AMA staff in Washington, D.C. They really knew how to navigate the waters of federal government, and who to see and how to see them. The third was the role of companies like Cobra and MX Sports — strong local businesses that were able to demonstrate very clearly how the law was going to impact local economies.”

The CPSIA, which went into effect on Feb. 10, 2009, banned the making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and under, including kids’ dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles, that contained more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part.

The details of the three-year battle to exempt kid-sized dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles from the CPSIA – including the efforts of tens of thousands of AMA members — can be viewed at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/KeepKidMotorcyclesAndATVsLegal.aspx.

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CPSIA (Lead Law) Update

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The American-made Cobra Moto bikes race to multiple titles and podium finishes in the hotly-contested 50cc classes at Gatorback

SoftLeadPbIngot Now that the new Congress has settled in, things are starting to take shape around fixing the Lead Law…Heck, even President Obama has come out against overzealous government regulations! Here is a recap of what is happening and what you can do to make sure things move in our favor:

#1) The reintroduction of HR1387

In the last Congress, Representative Rehberg from Montana introduced a simple bill that would exclude all motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA. For this new term, he reintroduced it – this time with much more fanfare and a catchy name: H.R. 412 – Kids Just Want to Ride Act. Contact your local representative, and let him or her know that you would like them to support (and maybe even co-sponsor) this bill! Take two minutes and do it here.

#2) An extension of the Stay of Enforcement

One of the things the AMA, MX Sports, and I lobbied for when we went to Washington D.C. last month was extending the Stay so that we would have ample time to make sure things were fixed in this new session of Congress. It appears that the CPSC listened, and they have proposed extending the stay on testing (currently due to expire on February 10th) until later in the year. The full stay of enforcement for motorcycles and ATVs, scheduled to expire on May 1st, is still in effect, however. If the deadline draws near and Congress still hasn’t acted, we need to push the CPSC hard to extend the full Stay that only Motorcycles and ATVs enjoy under this law.

#3) The appointment of Fred Upton as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Congressman Upton from Michigan’s 6th District was one of the first people that Amy Ritchie of Red Bud I visited in Washington D.C. on this issue. His advise was pretty stark, “Until Republicans control this committee again, you’ll have little luck fixing things.” Well, Fred…It’s now time to put your money where your mouth is! By virtue of a landslide vote that put Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives, and through a series of gaffes that took out the frontrunner for the Chairman’s post, Mr. Upton now finds himself in charge of one of the most powerful committees in Congress. Give Fred a call or email and let him know that fixing the CPSIA needs to be a top priority!

Remember: Congress has a million things going on…The more they hear from us on fixing this law, the better the chance we will have of getting it done. Use the links here to make your voice heard (and better yet, pick up the phone and give your representatives in Washington a call). They will listen!

AMA and the Lead Law

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LeadLawSign Over the past eighteen months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the AMA on fixing our ridiculous Lead Law issue once and for good. Everyone at the AMA ‘gets it’ – right from the guy at the top, Rob Dingman, to his henchmen in Washington D.C. – Ed Moreland and Rich Podliska. These guys realize that the issue is much bigger than just a few mini bikes…it extends to every corner of motorcycling. Furthermore, it’s the clearest example of government overreach I can think of. Not only does this regulation not make sense for our market (and many others), but the law will end up doing the opposite of what it set out to do. Without right-sized vehicles available, even Nancy Nord, commissioner of the CPSC, said “our safety records tragically show what happens when kids use adult-sized vehicles.”

With a new Congress being sworn in in January, we have some momentum right now to fix things before May when the stay-of-enforcement expires. At the very least, head to the AMA Rapid Response website and take two minutes to have your voice heard on Capitol Hill (http://ama-cycle.org/legisltn/rapidresponse.asp). You can also join a Facebook group to show your support. Last but not least, your representatives in Congress need a personal reminder to put this on the legislative agenda as soon as their new term starts next year.

If you don’t think your voice will be heard, you’re wrong! Motorcyclists were the ONLY consumer group to receive a stay of enforcement in 2009. That happened because our voices were heard loud and clear in Washington D.C. It’s time to shout once again.

If you’re an AMA member (if not, join!), check out the article titled ‘Countdown to Disaster” in the December issue of American Motorcyclist. It clearly articulates the issue. Below is the full, uncut interview Cobra submitted as the AMA was preparing for this article. Let us know what you’re doing and what the response has been (good or bad). I’m confident we’ll come out on the winning end of this thing, but it will take effort on everyone’s part. Go get ‘em!

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS – Sean Hilbert, Cobra Moto, LLC

1.) What are the dangers of kids riding full-size dirt bikes and ATVs?

The dangers are clearly articulated in published data that show vast differences in safety statistics between full sized and ‘right-sized’ vehicles for young riders. This is one of the key points of this fight. It’s not simply that there were a few unfortunate unintended consequences of the CPSIA; the law does just the opposite of its intention and actually makes things MORE dangerous for kids. We need to ensure that Congress and the CPSA are well educated on this point.

2.) What will the lack of kids’ machines mean for family recreation?

At a time when getting kids out of the house and away from their X-Box is becoming more difficult by the day, I think it’s exceedingly critical that as a society we open pathways for outside recreation…not close them down.

3.) What will the lack of kids machines mean for dealers?

I don’t have any specific data to support this, but my strong hunch is that many of the dealer closures over the past eighteen months can be traced directly back to the Spring of 2009 when dealers were forced to pull youth machines off the floor. Youth machines provide a significant amount of revenue for many dealers, and these products bring young, new customers into showrooms.

4.) What will the lack of kids machines mean for amateur racing?

This law has the potential to devastate amateur racing. Track owners I have spoken to say that youth classes account for 35-40% of their entries on any given weekend. Furthermore, racing families bring many more revenue opportunities to the tracks than your typical 20 year-old that shows up with a bike in the back of his pickup truck. Families generate gate and concession revenue from moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and sometimes grandmas and grandpas. And if Junior can’t race anymore, there is a good chance dad will hang up his leathers too. I see massive fallout at the track level if this law sticks.

5.) What will the lack of kids’ machines mean for professional racing?

Its very clear at the professional end of our sport that the fan base is largely made up of amateur participants. Not only will the pipeline of new riders dry up, but the number of fans following the sport will diminish as well; especially for motocross and off-road racing.

6.) What needs to be done to the CPSEA so that kids will have new machines to ride?

The pathway for a product to be granted an exemption needs to be straightforward and simple enough to be accessed by small and big companies alike. The current proposal falls short.

7.) What can parents and dealers do to try to get the law changed?

Vote like a motorcyclist! It’s very clear that we need a change of the guard in Congress. The AMA’s voting tools and guidelines are an outstanding piece of work, so use them!

If Republicans gain control of the House, Fred Upton, a senior representative from Michigan, may very well take over as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. This is the committee where the Lead Law originated, and ensuring that Representative Upton is sitting in the top seat is one of chances we have to fix this law properly.

8.) Is there anything else you would like to add?

The AMA has been an outstanding partner to work with on this issue. With the organization’s newfound focus on amateur racing and legislative issues our sport is much better off. I would like to personally thank Rob Dingman as well as the legislative staff in Washington D.C. (Ed Moreland, Rick Podliska, and Sheila Andrews) for all of their help. Together, we’ll get this thing fixed.

CPSEA – One Step Forward and Ten Steps Back

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ModernKids After over a year-and-a-half of our Congress being in denial about how bad the CPSIA really is (or “Lead Law” for those of us in powersports), a follow-up hearing finally took place last week in Washington D.C. with the introduction of the Consumer Protection Enhancement Act of 2010. The $64,000 question is: Does this additional law offer any relief to the powersports industry? If so, how much?

I’m afraid the answer is that right now it offers nothing…In fact, it may even take us backward.

The original statute, which was meant to keep kids from ingesting harmful amounts of Lead present on toys imported from China, essentially ran amok. Instead of targeting small toys, jewelry, and other trinkets that infants and toddlers often end up chewing on, the law cut a huge swath through every product made for children under 13 years-old. This obviously includes motorcycles and ATVs, but it also affected library books, brass musical instruments, medical devices for physically challenged or learning disabled kids, hand-knit clothing, and even learning tools like telescopes and chemistry sets. In a nutshell, the law has been a disaster for big and small companies and their customers. Even Mattel’s chairman was quoted as saying, “This law is nearly impossible for us to comply with. I honestly don’t see any smaller companies being able to.”

So what does this proposed amendment, the CPSEA, do to keep products that should never be banned still on the market? In theory, it offers an avenue for the Consumer Products Safety Commission to grant exceptions for products that can be proven not to pose any Lead poisoning risk to kids. The problem is that the three part ‘test’ that products are forced to go through is difficult if not impossible to pass, and furthermore, the third and final test opens up the floodgates for any over zealous regulator to permanently ban a product for ANY reason.

Let me explain: The third test states that in order to grant an exception, the product, component part, or material will have no measurable adverse effect on public health or safety. What does that mean? The way I read it, if a company was applying for an exception for their line of roller skates, and that company somehow scientifically proved that the roller skates posed absolutely no threat of Lead ingestion, then the CPSC could still deny the exception because there is certainly information in the public record that kids who own roller skates sometime fall and hurt themselves. In other words, regardless of the risk of Lead poisoning, the roller skates still can be shown to have a measurable adverse effect on public health, therefore they are illegal to sell!

Somehow, the Energy and Commerce Committee managed to make the fix for the law even worse than the original law itself…Go figure.

Stay vigilant…Stay active…and Stay Vocal on this issue. Otherwise, you and your family will be finding another activity to do next year – maybe like Tiddlywinks (wait a minute…they will probably be banned as well!).

Sean @ Cobra

AMA Supercross Interview

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Thanks to Rupert X…As posted on the AMA Supercross Week VIII Blog (http://www.amasupercross.com/ViewPost.aspx?postId=128) 2/19/2009

A regularly updated blog by Rupert X Pellett…

Feb. 19.5

Whether it’s the dealer show at Indy, in the pits at a Monster Energy AMA Supercross race or in the warehouse of a motorcycle manufacturer in Michigan, everybody busy with the business of motorcycles is talking about the CPSIA.

No, it doesn’t stand for “Cat Peoples’ Spaghetti Insurance Alliance.” It’s the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and, what it has done, effective Feb. 10 of this year, is effectively prohibit the sale of small dirtbikes. It’s wacked. Insanity in 10 cities.

Here, I’ll let Sean Hilbert of Cobra Motorcycles (www.cobramoto.com) talk about things. He builds American-made kids dirt bikes in Michigan. He chatted to Rush Limbaugh on nationally syndicated radio this week. Right here, right now, he talks to us.

InTERRAgation 9 with Rupert X: Cobra Motorcycle’s Sean Hilbert

Q: Sean, what involved you at 9:59 this morn?
A: A visit to Michigan Representative Mark Schauer’s office. I was happy to see his lobby covered with Michigan International Speedway pictures and racing memorabilia. I can only hope that he will be on our side. Some further meetings will tell.

Q: What the heck were you doing on the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh show this week?
A: Well, as a smaller OEM in this industry, I can be a little more aggressive in public forums than the other guys can, and I felt it was important that someone got the word out. There are a lot of folks from other OEMs, the AMA, and other places like the Missouri State Legislature who are working very hard behind the scenes, but for many reasons they can’t be as vocal. No matter what your politics are, an audience of 20 million people is an important one to hit.

Q: Were you satisfied with the way the dialogue went?
A: For the most part… There are always things you look back on and wish you would have said. There are the technical mistakes like saying that “each and every part” of the bike needed to be tested (only the accessible parts do). I also wish I would have used a few more statistics, such as 13,000 family-owned dealers being affected. Other than that, I’m pleased.

Q: Cobra Motorcycles are kids motorcycles, minibikes. How do the recently mandated governmental policies affect you?
A: Like I told Rush, the biggest affect on Cobra will be testing requirements and the costs associated with them. If the testing mandate holds, I sure hope that companies like Cobra can use information from suppliers, such as native material certifications. If we can’t, then the cost of doing third-party testing on all accessible components will be a burden I’m not sure we will be able to take on. Hopefully, powersports products will be exempted from the CPSIA, and we will never have to get to that point.

Q: Do you still have that REV motorcycle you developed a few years back?
A: It sits in the Cobra Museum right next to the original King 50 that was on display at the Motocross in America Exhibit. We’re saving a place next to it for your sidecar scooter…

Q: Why don’t you guys produce a 125 or 250 two-stroke? Seems like there’s a market there…
A: Someday. Right now we’re still hyper focused on the youth market.

Q: What motorcycle inspired you, as a kid?
A: Several, actually. When I was a kid, my next door neighbor had an early ’70s Maico 125, and that bike really started my metal lust. I raced a 1978 YZ80 that had a DG Swingarm and a Curnitt shock that I really liked as well, but it was my 1986 Honda CR250 that really inspired me. That was the Decoster era at Honda, and those bikes were so well done it was scary. The other bike that really stands out in my mind was Eddie Hicks’ aluminum framed YZ80 that Dave Miller did. That bike was a work of art.

Q: What countries have you shipped Cobras (the bike, not the serpent) to?
A: More all the time. The most recent container that we shipped had bikes and ATVs destined for England, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland and Estonia. We ship regularly to Australia, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador and South Africa. The most unique order was a shipment of bikes to the United Arab Emirates.

Q: Where do you go on vacation?
A: For some reason, I’m in a rut. For Spring Break, I always go to Las Vegas, and each summer I spend a week at this little ranch in Tennessee…

Cobra’s Sean Hilbert on Rush Limbaugh!

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 Transcript From Cobra Motorcycle President Sean Hilbert On The Rush Limbaugh Show!

Hilbert chimes in on America’s No. 1 listened-to radio talk show and helps explain the CPSIA lead ruling issue to Limbaugh and his listeners

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Feb. 18, 2009) – Along with many other companies that serve our sport, Cobra has been doing its best to make everyone aware of how harmful the CPSIA is to U.S. powersports dealers, and how this law is ill-targeted at the motorcycle and ATV industry. Below is a transcript of Sean’s conversation with Rush.

Not mentioned in the transcript below is what you can do to help our cause. Please…if you haven’t already take the time to go to www.amadirectlink.com Click on “Rights” then click on “Issues and Legislation” then click on “Take Action” in the Blue Box. You can also send a letter to the CPSC and Congress by going to www.tomself.com and signing your name. DO IT NOW!

The text of Hilbert and Limbaugh’s discussion, courtesy of www.rushlimbaugh.com:

RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I mentioned this story yesterday, and here are the details. It’s an AP story from Helena, Montana: “A new national limit on lead in children’s products — which has toy makers scrambling for new testing methods and retailers for storage space for inventory they’re not sure they can sell — also is forcing motorcycle dealers to pull dirt bikes off showroom floors. It became illegal Tuesday to sell off-road machines geared for children younger than 12 because parts in them contain lead at levels greater than 600 parts per million. Most motor vehicles have such parts. ‘I think they took this law a little too far,’ said Margie Hicklin-Krsul, the owner of Redline Sports, a sports bike dealership in Butte. ‘I’ve never had anyone come in and say, “My child keeps putting parts of his motorcycle into his mouth.”‘”
So you could say here that government regulations are about to ruin yet another business. I’m unable to get to the bottom of this. People have been sending me so much stuff I’ve gotten confused now. The esoteric analysis of this, it’s above my pay grade to listen to some of these scholars write about this stuff, but apparently it’s possible, and I’m not sure if it’s the case, some people believe that it is, that children’s books, hardcover children’s books printed before 1985 will become illegal because of lead content in the manufacture of some hardcover books. Now, some people say, “No, no, no, no, no, this been changed,” others say, “No it hasn’t been changed.” It’s like so many other things in the stimulus bill, most people don’t know really what’s in it yet and won’t know until it’s signed this afternoon and people start implementing what’s in it. Do you realize people can do whatever they want and say it’s in the stimulus bill and who’s going to know? Nobody has read this thing. So the stimulus bill can be pretty much what anybody wants it to be. But the dirt bike provision here is a pretty serious thing, and it’s more government regulation ruining or threatening to ruin yet another business under the rubric here that we just can’t police ourselves, we can’t protect ourselves, we’re too stupid, we’re too idiotic to know what’s good for us, or at least a few of us are and since some of us are so stupid and incompetent, rules have to be written for all of us.

RUSH: Hillsdale, Michigan. This is Sean. It’s great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
SEAN/COBRA: Hi, Rush. How are you doing today?
RUSH: Just fine. Thank you.
SEAN/COBRA: Good. Rush, I’m calling about the CPSIA, or the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 —
RUSH: Yeah?
SEAN/COBRA: — and how it’s affecting some of the small businesses around this country.
RUSH: Well, that’s the lead rules. Yeah.
SEAN/COBRA: The lead rules, exactly. You referred to them in your last bit. There’s two things about this act that really I think need to be brought to light and the first one is, how the act came to be. You know, I’ve been around the automotive industry for years and when legislation and regulation came in to those industries, there were years to react; years of time to be able to react to new rules and redesign products and whatnot. And this act was passed last August, it was kind of sprung on everybody this winter, and now companies like mine who manufacture products for the off-road motorcycle market are literally blindsided and given only a few weeks to react to this whole thing. I think that’s one of the reasons why there’s so much uproar around this new legislation.
RUSH: Well, the uproar is just now starting to build. I wouldn’t even call it an uproar yet. I think it’s just now starting to percolate. I don’t think it’s reached uproar status at all. Which is why we here on the cutting edge of societal evolution, if there’s going to be big problems, we’ll tell you about it when it’s small. You’re in the dirt bike business, right?
SEAN/COBRA: Yeah, yeah. Our company focuses on the youth off-road market, mostly on the high performance end of things. We’re the only manufacturer in the US of this kind of product. We’re a small business. We have under 50 employees, but we use several manufacturers around the country for our products. We actually have about a hundred other companies that rely on our business to help stay in business. So the tentacles that are out in the marketplace, even though we’re a small company here, are pretty deep.
RUSH: I know. This is sad. It’s happening to every industry that the government attacks. The Congress has attacked the private jet industry. You wouldn’t believe the number of orders that have been canceled. The ripples throughout that industry, which I tried to chronicle last week, are profound. I had a story yesterday that I did not get to but it was a story about the Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay in California. They’ve had 30 cancellations of golf trips — conventions, business golf trips — because these people simply don’t want to go someplace nice to appear conspicuous. So the ripples of commerce, ripples of these attacks and the class envy are happening throughout the country. Your business, making dirt bikes, is all about inventory. I read a story that there are some retailers, Sean, that have a hundred million dollars worth of inventory they may have to take off the showroom in weeks just to comply with this stupid law! Because the kids, of course, are going to come in and lick the lead parts that are in these dirt bikes and of course they might get sick and die and so forth. This is a tragedy that’s happening throughout the American capitalist system. There’s an all-out assault on it.
SEAN/COBRA: Yeah, there is — and, Rush, to clarify one point there, they’ve already taken their products off the shelves. This has happened last week. The big four manufacturers (the big four being Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha) have all mandated that their dealers take everything off the floor and this weekend I was at a trade show. I talked to a lot of these dealers, and a lot of them are on the brink anyway because of the shape our economy is. This is enough in many cases to just push them over the edge.
RUSH: Right. Because if you can’t put your product on the showroom and you can’t display it, how do you sell it?
SEAN/COBRA: That’s it. That’s it. So that’s the first part of this issue. The second part that needs to be brought to light is the testing requirements that the CPSC is putting in place, and they put a reprieve of one year on these requirements, but the fact of the matter is that each and every component of one of these kids’ products — it could be a motorcycle or it can be anything. But as of February of 2010 each and every component has to be tested by a third-party, government-accredited laboratory. And we’ve done some initial looks into this. We’ve obviously tested a lot of our parts already, from non-accredited labs because the accreditation process isn’t even done yet. But to do this is going to cost us about one year of revenues, which is, you know, obviously that’s going to put companies like ours completely out of business.
RUSH: Why don’t you just pass the prices along to the consumer? You know, amortize it over an annual bunch of sales, and pass it along to the buyers?
SEAN/COBRA: Sure. Sure. I think that’s the mind-set of the people that wrote the legislation, but you and I both know that it doesn’t work that way.
RUSH: Obviously. They think you can pass your cost on like they can.
SEAN/COBRA: Yeah. Sure.
RUSH: Well, now, let me ask. You’ve done a lot of looking into this. People hear you speak this way, and they just can’t believe that their own government would take action like this so punitive as to put an industry out of business. But that’s a real possibility with you, isn’t it?
SEAN/COBRA: Absolutely. And it’s not just dirt bikes. I think dirt bikes and ATVs got brought to the forefront mostly because of the companies. I’m not speaking of my own company in this case, but the other big companies that are in this business are big targets. They’re big targets for trial lawyers, they’re big targets for legislators, and they don’t want to appear dirty in this thing.
RUSH: Well, you see, you’ve just mentioned one of the motivation ideas for doing something like this. This is a pure payback to the trial lawyers for their loyal support, hefty donations to the Democrats. You come up with all these ridiculous laws like lead in books, children’s books before 1985; lead above a certain allowable limit in say the product you manufacture; and you just open the door for tort lawyers to come in here and round up supposedly aggrieved citizens who unwittingly purchase one of these products. Their kids then got it home and started licking it, got sick and so forth, and, “Why didn’t you tell us these were dangerous? We thought motorcycles were to be driven, but my kids tried to eat it and my kid got sick!” You know, the jury, “You evil, rotten manufacturers,” because the Democrats have done such a great job of creating hatred for big business, small business in this country. So that’s one of the inspirations for legislation like this is to provide a target-rich environment for trial lawyers, who need movement. They need movement. They need people having accidents.
SEAN/COBRA: Rush, I’m not so sure that some of the motivation behind this wasn’t kind of a trade barrier in disguise as well.
RUSH: How so? Explain that to people.
SEAN/COBRA: Well, if you look at the history of this whole thing and how it got started, it really came about, what was it, maybe two years ago when lead was found in infants’ toys; and most of those infants’ toys (in fact all the ones that had lead in them) happened to come from China so there was outrage, there was lots of talk about what are we going to do about this and the CPSIA really is the end result of all that, but I think — and this is just a guess at this point, but I think — what was kind of a feel-good piece of legislation that nobody was willing to vote against because it was For the Children ended up throwing a huge net around many industries that nobody even anticipated. And dirt bikes are certainly one of those. But I think that the government in some way didn’t really think through that a whole lot because they were thinking, “Well, you know what? China’s involved here,” and a lot of this is kind of a punishment, payback for taking jobs away,” so to speak, and there was no thought of the ramification it was going to have to American business.
RUSH: The old unintended consequences.
SEAN/COBRA: Sure. Sure.
RUSH: Well, you are very charitable to your government, who has passed legislation that could essentially shut you down. I don’t buy this unintended consequences business. There are too many of them, too often, too frequently — and I think we have a Democrat leadership now who professes a full disdain for our capitalist system, and whatever they can do to change it, they’ll do.
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