Time To Bring Back The Consumer Czar

Last month, several consumer groups sent President-elect Obama a letter detailing a pro-consumer agenda for the new administration and Congress. One of those suggestions, supported by an editorial in today’s New York Times, is reinstating the position of special assistant to the President on consumer affairs, also known as the consumer czar.

The letter is signed by Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, National Association of Consumer Advocates, National Consumer Law Center, National Consumers League, Public Citizen, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. You can read the full text here (PDF).

Editorial: A Voice for the Consumer [NYT]
(Photo: Esther Peterson, Special Assistant to the President on Consumer Affairs to Presidents Johnson and Carter, from Consumers Union)

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