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By David G. Hanger


March 27, 2012

Pass this message forward via email, facebook, tweets & twitters, whatever.  Don’t buy a single Etch A Sketch; trash any of recent vintage that you have.  They are the product of slave labor.

Right now the management and stockholders of the U.S. company that manufactures this toy are gloating at the market boost their product has received as the result of a recent political gaffe by a Romney campaign honcho. 

Wake up, America, to the fact that for decades this toy was made in the United States by people who were paid an average of $9 an hour, $18,000 a year; but that was too much, and so these greed heads took their manufacturing operation over to China, and now pay their employees 24 cents an hour, and the work week minimum is 86 hours.  That by any definition is slave labor.

More pertinently it is un-American as hell, and this evil perpetrated by a U.S. company is as unpatriotic as anyone could conceivably get.  Work is disparaged; work is made to be worthless; and you, sucker, are the victim if you buy this crap.  You are supporting people who want to make a slave out of you.

Instead of an opportunity for these sleazes to make greater profits let’s make this political gaffe the death knell of Etch A Sketch. 

Boycott Etch A Sketch into oblivion.  We don’t need toys that are the product of slave labor.

David G. Hanger
Ketchikan, AK


Received March 26, 2012 - Published March 27, 2012



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