The reason I ask this question is pretty plain. If the people in charge of the Consumer Product Safety Commission are taking huge gifts from the companies they're supposed to be regulating, doesn't it follow that they might just look the other way sometimes? Might the big Chinese toy lead problems (and other issues) be due to a little too much leeway being granted in exchange for lavish trips? I think it's a question worth asking.
Industries Paid for Top Regulators' Travel
The chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and her predecessor have taken dozens of trips at the expense of the toy, appliance and children's furniture industries and others they regulate, according to internal records obtained by The Washington Post. Some of the trips were sponsored by lobbying groups and lawyers representing the makers of products linked to consumer hazards. . .
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