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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:11 AM
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Abramoff/Mariana Islands Sweatshop scandal makes the St. Pete Times!
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 09:13 AM by FLDem5
from the St. Pete Times

Since the 1980s, the tiny Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific and particularly the main island of Saipan have attracted numerous Chinese garment manufacturers. The Chinese loved this arrangement because it allowed their clothes to carry the label "Made in the U.S.A.," and shipments from the islands didn't face the import quotas or duties that existed at the time.

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In the late 1990s,Congress almost put a stop to the worst abuses by forcing the Marianas to adopt U.S. minimum wage and immigration laws. A bill passed the Senate unanimously. But former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, whom Abramoff brought to the Marianas over the 1998 New Year, blocked the effort in the House.

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Stayman was opposed by Abramoff due to his work leading the Interior Department's Office of Insular Affairs. In accordance with a congressional dictate, Stayman tried to negotiate with the Marianas to bring the country into line with American labor and immigration standards. According to Stayman, for Abramoff and DeLay, it was "an inconvenient truth that businessmen were horribly abusing workers." They didn't want to know it and they didn't want it known. The dozens of mostly Republican congressional members and staff flown to the Marianas for golf outings and resort stays were given a quick tour through a model factory.

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"Mehlman said he would get him fired," read one e-mail from an Abramoff associate. Within months of Bush's inauguration, Stayman was denied renewal of his State Department job even though his supervisors had sought to retain him. Mehlman has said he doesn't remember the case.


Just one more reason (as if anyone needed one) to fill in the oval next to the Ds this November.



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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:13 AM
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1. One more reason for REPS not only to vote DEM
but to change their party affiliation to DEM.

Otherwise it makes it easier for the hackers to switch their votes back to REP.

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brer cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:19 AM
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2. Keep it in the news!
Slave labor, child labor, forced prostitution, forced abortions are NOT American values. No matter what happens in Nov., this needs to stay on the front burner. As much as I would like to see some asses in prison for this, it's far more important to JUST GET IT STOPPED.

Recommended.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:57 AM
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4. absolutely - we should not be supporting this slavery.
Keep shouting, people!
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vixengrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:46 AM
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3. This issue makes you wonder where the GOP stands--
Just how *do* they feel about immigration, labor laws, slavery, prostitution, and forced abortion? The answer isn't very attractive, to say the least.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:40 AM
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5. Actually it clears up a few things about them - everything bows to $$$
Child slavery, sex slavery, forced abortions are all fine with Republicans as long as they can add more $$$ to their profit margins.

Even genocide (in Darfur this time) is acceptable to these loathsome people.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:58 PM
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6. more important to the Rs than their morals.
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