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Union Thug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:31 PM
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"The most beautiful sight that we see is the child at labour."
Words of a true conservative... Asa Candler, first president of Coca Cola.

Child labour, properly conducted, is calculated to bring the highest measure of success to any country on the face of the earth. The most beautiful sight that we see is the child at labour. In fact, the younger the boy began work, the more beautiful, the more useful his life gets to be.

And there is one of tenets of conservatism.

Just a reminder of what we are up against and the kind of ideas that conservatives find favorable.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:33 PM
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1. And they say liberalism has never achieved anything...
One of our greatest accomplishments, IMHO, is saving kids from ghouls like him.
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MikeNearMcChord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:37 PM
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2. Historical Irony
Asa Candler was from Atlanta, home of the infamous murder of Mary Phagan and the equally infamous lynching of her supposed murderer Leo Frank. This case eventually speeded up the move to get rid of child labor(Mary Phagan worked in a pencil factory that Frank managed)
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Union Thug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:39 PM
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3. Wow, that *is* interesting. Thx for this. n/t
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ftr23532 Donating Member (334 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:41 PM
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4. Like this?


or this?




Yeah....
Those look like happy kids to me .... :sarcasm:

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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:39 PM
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7. Just look at the muscles they're building, and the fine eye-hand
coordination.

:sarcasm: for those who couldn't tell.

Looks like we need more Dickens!
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:52 PM
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5. "Coke Benefiting From Child Labor in Sugar Cane Fields"
Published on Thursday, June 10, 2004 by OneWorld.net
Coke Benefiting From Child Labor in Sugar Cane Fields
by Jim Lobe


WASHINGTON - Coca-Cola and other large businesses are indirectly benefiting from the use of child labor in sugarcane fields in El Salvador, according to a new report released here Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which is calling on the company to take more responsibility to ensure that such abuses are halted.

From 5,000 to 30,000 Salvadoran children, some as young as eight years old, are working in El Salvador's sugarcane plantations where injuries, particularly severe cuts, are common, according to the report, 'Turning a Blind Eye: Hazardous Labor in El Salvador's Sugarcane Cultivation.'

Under Salvadoran law, 18 is the minimum age for dangerous work and 14 for most other kinds. But the relevant provisions generally go unenforced in part because the children are hired as "helpers," rather than employees that would entitle them to certain protections.

Not only is the law circumvented in this way, but children who are injured in the fields often must pay for their own medical treatment despite another provision in the labor code that makes employers responsible for medical expenses for injuries incurred on the job.

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http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0610-01.htm
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Union Thug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:15 PM
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8. The more things stay the same, the more they stay the same. Amazing. n/t
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:18 PM
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9. Isn't El Salvador still in "American orbit" since the 1980s?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:34 PM
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6. Little kids working instead of getting educated and women
once more relegated to being the property of their husbands. It's not exploitation. It's TRADITION!

:sarcasm:
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