Ann Marie Buerkle

56 years later, Kennedy's call for a consumer bill of rights is forgotten under Trump

56 years later, Kennedy's call for a consumer bill of rights is forgotten under Trump

On this day in 1962, President Kennedy laid out in a speech to Congress the framework for a consumer bill of rights and the crucial role the federal government must play in protecting those rights.

Kennedy’s call to arms is now marked every March 15 as World Consumer Rights Day, which seeks to advance “guidelines for consumer protection” backed by the United Nations.

Yet over half a century later, the current occupant of the Oval Office, President Trump, a wealthy businessman, is aggressively pursuing policies that undermine each of Kennedy’s declared...

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