Dobbs Rants About Product Safety Chief's Comments
Government actively involved in matters of trade is the path to prosperity in the eyes of CNNâ€™s Lou Dobbs. And when government bureaucrats fail to act in a way Dobbs sees fit, he pitches a fit.
Dobbs outburst followed a segment about toys by CNN correspondent Christine Romans on the February 18 â€śLou Dobbs Tonight.â€ť Romans interviewed Nancy Nord, chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, but Dobbs wasnâ€™t pleased with her remarks.
â€śThis â€“ Nord, is she as imbecilic as she appears to be as absolutely insensitive to American consumers, as absolutely lacking the judgment to run a federal agency designed and created to protect the American consumer?â€ť Dobbs asked. â€śI mean this woman is beyond belief.â€ť
Nord told CNN correspondent Christine Romans media stories have caused parents to become â€śvery confused.â€ť She said this had nothing to do with free trade.
â€śSafety is not a trade issue,â€ť Nord said. â€śWe will be vigilant in making sure that imports that come into this country are safe. Again, safety is not a trade issue.â€ť
â€śWell, where the heck are the Republicans? Only an idiot would think otherwise. When the woman is sitting there saying that itâ€™s because we are overwhelmed with imports and we canâ€™t inspect them, how could it be anything but a trade issue as well? I mean unbelievable,â€ť Dobbs said.
Dobbs also attacked Nordâ€™s IQ level, suggesting she had an IQ level below â€śtriple-digits.â€ť
â€śWell I think anyone with a triple-digit IQ would have a philosophical difference with her,â€ť Dobbs said. â€śThank you very much, Christine Romans. And anybody who cares about what the heck they are doing in that job. Christine Romans, thank you, if I didn't say thank you, I want to say thank you again â€“ another failure by our government regulators to protect the consuming public in this country.â€ť
Dobbsâ€™ style of protectionist rhetoric is potentially hazardous for the American economy even according to liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He warned that â€śshort-term retaliatory measures,â€ť in the wake of product safety concerns wonâ€™t fix anything.