President Obama’s reelection campaign is nothing if not consistently innovative in seeking ways to scoop up the scattered caches of spare cash remaining in his bankrupt country. First there was the Dinner with Barack lottery, then the Obama Event Registry, and the First Lady’s suggestion that Americans give up pizza nights in support of the POTUS.
Now we have Yard Sale for Obama.
The Campaign is asking supporters to organize yard sales and donate the proceeds to the President’s reelection effort.
What’s next, national look under the sofa cushions for spare change for Obama day?
In the case of the presidential yard sale, the Chief Executive may be violating his administration’s rules. The Federal Government’s recent Resale Round Up initiative is aimed at the resale of dangerous toys. This may sound like a good idea, but not only shady operators, but everyday Americans selling things they may not know have been recalled are subject to penalty.
As a Mcclatchy News story comments:
“Those who resell recalled children’s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at risk,” said Inez Tenenbaum, the recently confirmed chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The crackdown affects sellers ranging from major thrift-store operators such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army to everyday Americans cleaning out their attics for yard sales, church bazaars or — increasingly — digital hawking on eBay, Craigslist and other Web sites.
Secondhand sellers now must keep abreast of recalls for thousands of products, some of them stretching back more than a decade, to stay within the bounds of the law.
In this instance, the Consumer Product Safety Commission seems determined to protect us from ourselves. One wonders where “Reuse and Recycle” fits in all this. Online resale is a boon to anyone wishing to make or save a few bucks, and these days there are more and more Americans in that category. With eBay, Amazon and other sites, garage sales have gone national, if not global, creating millions of part time merchandisers.
We’ve all seen the stories of authorities busting some kid’s lemonade stand. Can we now expect to see Feds busting yard sales?. Perhaps DHS could get in on this, as they have already shown their animus for informal commerce in Baltimore their flea market bust earlier this year.
What is sauce for the goose is not always sauce for the gander. The preening gander in the White House is now asking the geese who flock in his wake to pluck themselves.