The week ended and The Safe Cosmetics Act did not get put online for public reading. I’m sure it will show up early next week after the holiday. In the meantime, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has spent the week rallying the support of small businesses and consumers with lots of promises. I have a hunch that celebrating in the streets is a bit pre-mature.
I found several references to Janet Nudelman, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics referred to as one of the authors of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. Knowing that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics had a hand in writing the bill is a dead give-away that next week we will find a bill that is unrealistic, unfriendly to business, unscientific and cosmetic-phobic.
The unnatural partnership between small cosmetic companies and the special interest group, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) has long reminded me of the story of the Scorpion and the Frog. I believe that next week when the bill is made public, you will agree with my comparison. If you haven’t read the story of the Scorpion and the Frog I have included it below.
“One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.
The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn’t see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.
Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.
“Hellooo Mr. Frog!” called the scorpion across the water, “Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?”
“Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you won’t try to kill me?” asked the frog hesitantly.
“Because,” the scorpion replied, “If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!”
Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. “What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!”
“This is true,” agreed the scorpion, “But then I wouldn’t be able to get to the other side of the river!”
“Alright then…how do I know you won’t just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?” said the frog.
“Ahh…,” crooned the scorpion, “Because you see, once you’ve taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!”
So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog’s back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog’s soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.
Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog’s back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.
“You fool!” croaked the frog, “Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?” The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drowning frog’s back.
“I could not help myself. It is my nature.”
Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.”
My only request is that you read the entire bill when it is made public before you celebrate with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics over this bill. When the bill is made public I will share a review as quickly as possible. What do you think?