There is a fairy tale that the GOP likes to peddle to the gullible: “The Free Market can regulate itself.” What this means in practice is that the government is not needed to police corporations. In this children’s story, corporations will always work in the best interest of the public because the “Invisible Hand Of The Free Market” will swoop in and punish corporations that do bad things. The reality is that the “invisible hand” is not invisible at all, it simply doesn’t exist and corporations will do whatever they think they can get away with as long as its profitable.
California sued 16 jewelry retailers and suppliers, claiming they sell lead-laden children’s jewelry as lead-free, and that some do so “even when the jewelry contains more than 1,000 times the allowable lead.”
Attorney General Kamala Harris seeks civil penalties and injunctions. She claims the defendants sell their stuff “in pursuit of profit,” without regard to public safety.