David Harsanyi

Then again, it's not only those scheming Irish who are hawking their wares -- unregulated -- on concrete suburban driveways and inner-city thrift shops across this country.

The "Resale Round-up," launched by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, finally limits the power of the merchants of death who recklessly barter secondhand toys to unsuspecting civilians at low prices. Consider that Tonka truck -- the one that you somehow outlasted -- contraband. If not, you could be fined thousands of dollars.

The only question now is: How did any of us survive this long?

Michael Livermore -- executive director of the Institute for the Study of Regulation, at the New York University School of Law -- points out that "in the Bush administration, the problem was that the political folks were hostile to the mission."

It is no surprise that the Bush administration -- a close second to Big Cereal in wickedness -- was hostile to regulating the rhinestones on your kids' denim jackets. Apparently, the depths of its depravity knew no bounds.

The mission? Simple. Keeping you safe. Because everyone knows that parents aren't equipped to keep their children safe until a bureaucrat explains exactly how it's done.

And those parents who are neglecting their children's safety, well, they always care more once government gets involved. Right?


David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.