Crashing Jets. Dangerous Strollers. Scary Pork. That’s a World Without Regulators.

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Lawn darts. Killer baby cribs. Pool drains that disemboweled children. Cars that exploded in low-speed fender benders.

Miss those?

Even though consumer advocates got rid of those deathtraps years ago, U.S. industry is back with jet planes that fall from the sky, strollers that will smash your kid’s face in and — coming soon to a store near you — pork that may or may not have fecal contamination.

Because we don’t need regulation, right?

“I think we’re going backwards,” said Bette Bommer, 68, a retired phys-ed teacher from Staten Island who was standing before a tribute to one of the biggest consumer safety scandals of 20th-century America — the Ford Pinto.

“It just feels like they’re moving everything, all these products, out so fast, without caring about safety and people. It’s just about business now,” Bommer said.

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Common Ground
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We all want the same things – a safe, prosperous, free, democratic nation with opportunity for all. At the same time, we will all be harmed if our democracy, our free press, our Constitution and our core American values are threatened. We will all certainly be harmed if reckless behavior triggers any number of potential armed conflicts.

None of us know how this will all play out so let's make a deal. Let’s get up to speed on the issues, establish some facts, take action and watch what happens together . . .