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I am a prize-winning author and journalist with over 20 years of experience specializing in health care, retirement issues, and the nexus between business and public policy. I write regularly for The New York Times, Newsday, The Scientist, Institutional Investor, and more

The Only Thing Worse than Sloppy Air Bag Regulation Is No Government Regulation at All

The New York Times, Oct.25, 2014


No doubt the Tea Party will jump on the newest scandal at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — this one about  killer air bags, following GM’s dangerous ignition switches — to scream that President Obama has been slipshod and untrustworthy. Indeed, he has hired too many incompetent managers who have let too many unsafe products onto the market. But the solution is better government oversight, and if that means higher taxes to pay for more and smarter regulators, then let’s do it. The solution is not to cut back on government funding and staffing. Do we really want to trust safety regulation  to the true culprits — the companies that sneaked those air bags and ignition switches past the sleepy regulators?


From the other side: Check out my book reviews for The National at http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/search?searchKey=Fran+Hawthorne&choice=true&pageNumber=1 and The New York Journal of Books at http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/search/apachesolr_search/Fran%20Hawthorne

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