Historically, the Federal Trade Commission has been either neglectful of the consumer or essentially pro-business in its activities. More recently, in the early 1970s, the Commission became more active in making manufacturers back up claims for their products or correct misleading statements about products. To make the FTC a more potent and protective force for consumer interests, several revisions should be made in its functioning. First and most importance, appointments to the Commission must be made uniformly to top-quality persons in the field, rather than used for payment of political debts. In addition, the FTC should concentrate on its law revision function, which has the potential for much broader consumer benefit than the settling of individual claims.
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