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Summertown
A former traveler of the US now a country wife jus
04:14 PM on 12/11/2010
What is imperative is that we not allow products in to our country from any of the countries that are guilty of using child labor.

Of course that only happens in a country that isn't out to get every penny they can for the rich.
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04:40 PM on 12/11/2010
sounds so nice, 'imperative is that we not allow products in' - lets restate this in actual terms: "some people should lobby the government to enact legislation that would forcibly prevent other people from engaging in free and voluntary trade and make them criminals"... the truth sure doesn't sound so nice.
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lendmeanear
07:17 PM on 12/11/2010
If that law prevents them from engaging in free and voluntarty trade that explots children it sounds wonderful to me. Give me a break.
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05:06 PM on 12/11/2010
..and, I believe that it is safe to say that 95% of the products produced in these awful countries are mostly used and desired by the poor and middle-class back here in the US - so it is our 'poor' exploiting their 'poor', right? The so-called 'rich' don't buy much of the goods and services produced by child-labor countries.
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Summertown
A former traveler of the US now a country wife jus
05:31 PM on 12/11/2010
There was a time when the United States could pride itself on their human rights record. Not so much any more. There was a time that we would not be doing business with a country like China because of its poor human rights record.

But geeze of crum, the rich are not rich enough. Let's put human rights under the rug, let's look the other way because the rich need to be richer. And while we're at it let's continue to short change those Americans we still have a use for so the only thing they can afford is the cheap crap coming out of China. Don't forget discredit Unions, after all it was unions that made sure people are paid a decent wage.

Sounds like a plan now doesn't it? Because that pretty much sums up where this country is now.
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07:01 PM on 12/11/2010
the rich own the companies that employ the poor and children and take advantage of their poverty with cheap wages in these countries
04:13 PM on 12/11/2010
Shouldn't the US be in there because their businesses tend to use most of these country's child labor making child labor worth sponsoring in these countries.
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05:35 PM on 12/11/2010
'Xactly.
04:00 PM on 12/11/2010
"China ranked just outside of the top 10 nations for underage labor ...."

Just keep on buying those chineze toys with the cute little apple logo on it.
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04:08 PM on 12/11/2010
yes, much better to deprive oneself of a productive/entertaining gadget and consequently put all those 'underage labor' folks out of work so they can go back outside and slop around in the mud trying to farm or perhaps venture into the wonderful world of prostitution. Sounds really caring to me... you are soooo right!
dgoose50
Proud Socialist
04:41 PM on 12/11/2010
So you are saying that working children in often unsafe conditions is OK with you?
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BLACKCAT66
A realist with a rich inner life
04:45 PM on 12/11/2010
Or...be willing to pay the fair and true price for such items and bring those jobs back here for adults to do.
05:26 PM on 12/11/2010
...you can hardly buy a toy that's not manufactured in China--and you're hard pressed to find one made in the United States; and those Chinese made toys are scary...I keep wondering whether my son's Chinese made red truck is going to contribute to his having cancer down the road.
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05:51 PM on 12/11/2010
you scare me.

If you really think that a toy/food/item is potentially harmful to your child, why in the world would you EVER even consider purchasing it for them?!?!?!?!

Yikes! I always assumed that it is the FIRST duty of a parent to protect their children, because it is us (as adults) that can make rational decisions for them.
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realitytrumpsbull
Two 'alves of coconut!
03:41 PM on 12/11/2010
You have to wonder how many of the people whining about child labor would have made it past their second week in a traditional farm environment here in the United States. Thin-skinned, soft-bodied liberals like to argue about other countries and how their citizens behave, and the policies that their governments set. Why? They're rolling in money, or are somehow otherwise provided for, in no immediate material need. Which gives them lots of time to behave like the idle rich, giving speeches on morality and ethics and so forth.

Well, in China, they don't screw around, which is why this is shaping up to be the Chinese century. 
Asia's 4 billion (well, close enough) people know what it takes to 'get er done'. Can the same still be said about the United States, where people harp and whine about what class they're part of? 
Here's a question for you, did you make your dinner, or did it come in a box? How about your clothes, do you have so much as a needle and thread in the house? Are you just a 'consumer'? Well, if so, then shut up, because chances are, the picture above shows part of the 'workforce' that kept you from going about your daily rounds in the altogether, today. In a nutshell, China is what the US used to be, before the bureaucrats and the unionistas deprived today's generations of the basic know-how involved in a lot of the trades. Kids working? Earning money? Learning the value of a dollar? I don't know...sounds kind of freaky...
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SpencersMom
You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one
03:50 PM on 12/11/2010
The unions were strong in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and so was American industry. St. Ronnie was the beginning of the end for the nation, and spoiled, petulant W banged the last nail before slinking out of office.

Of course, this situation has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative, but you've made it such...
04:03 PM on 12/11/2010
The unions ki//ed the unions through massive greed and rewarding apathy.

As an example, a veteran UAW worker earned over $100K per year in base pay, overtime, shift premium and benefits -- to put lug nuts on a truck. It's hard to compete in a global economy that way.
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Trojan
follow the moolah
04:04 PM on 12/11/2010
So, Mr. or Ms. realitytrumpsbull, are you advocating that America allows children to work to teach us all lessons? Re: making our dinner, etc. if we didn't have to work two or three jobs (to pay the rent, not to buy a 62" flatscreen) maybe we would have enough time to grow our own food then prepare our own meal from scratch. What years do you propose we go back to "when things were wonderful"? As far as holding unions up as a great bogeyman, unions are now only 7% of the workforce, down from 37% twentyfive or so years ago. Nice try.

I agree with you about the trades, though. More young people should be, and will be, embracing them. They can't get outsourced. Many are construction-based, and we know where that's at these days. Other than that, you wanna make child labor horrors a liberal vs. conservative argument? Jeez, that's an easy one for you to lose.
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06:22 PM on 12/11/2010
Though I agree that it would benefit folks more (in general) to learn a trade then go into enormous debt obtaining a potentially worthless college degree, I disagree with your reasoning that trade jobs can't be 'outsourced', as you label it.

Remember, the 'job' is not the desired end result - it is the product obtained from the job(labor). So, any 'job' can be 'outsourced' through mechanization and technological innovation. This fact makes plain the whole fallacy of outsourcing in general - it is a good thing to outsource (in the general sense, each circumstance differs). I 'outsource' my clothing/car/furniture/food/etc manufacturing and I am MUCH better off because of it - just as you and everyone else in the world is. Trade is good.

So, just reminding you and others, EVERY job can and will be eventually 'outsourced'. And as they do, we will find more productive jobs to apply our labors to in order to trade for the outsourced products. Just because you have learned to hammer a nail doesn't mean that we will always value having wood attached together through nailing vs other possible methods or other entirely different ways of constructing houses/furniture/cabinets/etc.
de-meme-ing
Buying USA Feeds USA, Supports/Preserves USA
07:13 PM on 12/11/2010
While it is true that the trades can't get outsourced, illegal immigrants are making their way into the trades. They are by far cheaper then hiring citizens, let alone union people.

How many would love to have had Nicky Diaz'a job with Meg Whitment, making $20 an hour?
03:16 PM on 12/11/2010
It would be nice if the pictures matched the story only one does.
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Spock
You are completely, absolutely, illogical
02:56 PM on 12/11/2010
I bet Libertarians here in the US get teary eyed seeing these pictures. Cheap disposable labor makes them so happy.
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03:07 PM on 12/11/2010
nice strawman and ad hom.... I could be considered Libertarian, and I know quite alot, and nobody gets 'teary eyed' at poverty or slavery - both of which are only a small part of the issue of 'child labor' - there is nothing inherently wrong or immoral with a child participating with the rest of the family to survive or improve their economic situation - that said, it IS immoral to enslave or force others (children or adults).
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Spock
You are completely, absolutely, illogical
05:39 PM on 12/11/2010
One thing I've learned from debating libertarians is that they rather talk about how immoral enslavement is rather do anything about it. When push comes to shove, libertarians will stand with the slaveholders every single time.
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03:42 PM on 12/11/2010
hey, don't tread on those kids! they have a right to perform slave labor for multinational corporations and decline an education or any hope of bettering their lives. ain't freedom grand?
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03:54 PM on 12/11/2010
they are declining an education, really? or is it that they desire to eat more than they desire to be 'educated' as to how the evil corporations are enslaving them?
02:41 PM on 12/11/2010
They forgot China??
 
Gee, who made up this list. Sorry folks, but this list is rediculous without China, Mexico, and handura, Dominican republic, Haiti and some eastern european countries.
 
How can they possibly forget china the biggest of all "child labor"?
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SpencersMom
You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one
03:51 PM on 12/11/2010
um, did you even read the very short article?
04:03 PM on 12/11/2010
Read the text. China is #13
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The Cause Endures
02:41 PM on 12/11/2010
Nothing the free market can't take care of! Let's just get a few more free trade deals, right America? It's why we're exceptional!

/sarcasm: off
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04:12 PM on 12/11/2010
problem is, these supposed 'free trade' deals are NOT 'free trade' at all - you don't need a multi-paged 'agreement' - that is managed trade... all that is necessary is to trade without our government interfering. Even if their government interferes, it is still 'freer' trade. Has nothing to do with being exceptional, just the recognition that the moral position is the 'free' position for human beings.
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The Cause Endures
12:27 PM on 12/12/2010
What about being free from exploitation?
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Linh Nguyen
02:31 PM on 12/11/2010
For every Bill Gates, for every Warren Buffett, for every billionaire and millionaire the world has, there are millions and millions of starving and exploited human beings all over the world being under paid and under fed as well as millions and millions of acres of natural resources being abused upon these Goliath individual wealth are built.
In economic they try to teach you the trickle down theory. In real life, money trickle up, only crumbs trickle down. For every millions and billions these super riches make, you can bet it's because somewhere in the world there's people being under paid and under fed to make it possible.
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02:42 PM on 12/11/2010
are you suggesting that the 'poor' are poor because the rich are rich?
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GandenT
03:07 PM on 12/11/2010
Frequently that's the case, e.g. all monarchies, dictatorships, totalitarian regimes, most empires, and the full gamut of rigged political systems and circumstances that are defined and driven by their exploitation and domination of people. "Nobles" who paid no taxes while their serfs paid through the nose; their wealth was entirely created by impoverishing, in every sense of the word, "the poor." Are you suggesting that "innovation" or "insight" created or creates more personal wealth than simple domination and profiteering? Meritocracy is rare not common in human history or even in the world today.
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03:45 PM on 12/11/2010
hmmm. let's do the math. when the rich enslave the poor and keep all the money and perpetuate the system and the poor have no chance to rise out of poverty because they don't get education (it's socialist), have unions (ditto) or have any other options (because their govt. sold them to the highest bidders), yeah, I am suggesting that.
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duckzilla
03:50 PM on 12/11/2010
I agree with what you said, but Buffet and Gates aren't the best examples to use.

They are 2 of the few billionaires that actually do care for humanity and try to give back
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02:31 PM on 12/11/2010
40 years ago i would have said it was my house
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Neapolitan
Reality has a liberal bias.
02:26 PM on 12/11/2010
Child labor, schmild labor. All you touchy-feely liberals with your unions and your love of government regulation are the only thing blocking us American capitalists from being able to leverage this remarkable pool of labor at home. And stop disparaging it; it's not "child labor" so much as it's an on-the-job training program provided to youth.

But thank God for offshoring and the tax breaks that provides; at least we can get in on a little of the action...
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Vieux Charles
Educating America, one liberal at a time
02:34 PM on 12/11/2010
Obviously, you're one of the many liberals that would attend tea party demonstrations, shout racial slogans in front of the cameras and then disappear into the crowd.
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Neapolitan
Reality has a liberal bias.
03:06 PM on 12/11/2010
I'm hiding nothing, and have never avoided calling out others on unpatriotic, anti-American words or deeds. And I'm not afraid; after all, I use my actual picture as my avatar.

But, no, I would never attend a Tea Party rally--unless, that is, I was looking for entertainment (folks wearing tricornes along with Bermuda shorts always make me laugh).
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03:46 PM on 12/11/2010
OMG, that's the first time i've heard the "agent provocateur" excuse for the racism of the baggers. Hilarious! faved!

PS sorry about the French language - I know they are fascist socialist muslims.
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02:36 PM on 12/11/2010
you might want to try working in a McDonalds for a week, if you can make it w/o getting axed.

why do we pay the least amount of money to the people that have to work the hardest

and we pay the most to guys like this, that just take, take, take as they fleece the gov't with outragous contracts and then have the nerve to complain about the taxes that they don't pay.
02:13 PM on 12/11/2010
Maybe these pictures pull a heart string or two for Americans because their childhoods are so awesome. This is a way of life and we need to respect their culture. For reals. Ethnocentrism is a killer.
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03:49 PM on 12/11/2010
OMG, please tell me you are joking. You think they have a "culture of mass producing luxury goods for rich white foreigners?" That is the saddest excuse for perpetuating slavery I have ever heard. I suppose the slaves in the american south had a "culture" of picking cotton and getting whipped, and we should have just "respected" that, eh?

Is the only "injustice" you care about the "injustice" of billionaire hedge funders being "forced" to pay income tax instead of capital gains tax on their non-productive parasitical gambling with other peoples' money?
04:04 PM on 12/11/2010
Yes, that's their culture and they don't want YOU getting all up in their business and telling them to stop what they're doing because you have a philosophical grievance with it.

It's called ethnocentrism. It's an injustice that America doesn't have public health care but I don't see any Europeans getting in our business and telling us how it's done.
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VKoval
veteran of vietnam vacation '07
02:13 PM on 12/11/2010
there is nothing wrong with child labor.
03:04 PM on 12/11/2010
As long as it is not your child working 12 hours in the sun carrying heavy loads.
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VKoval
veteran of vietnam vacation '07
03:21 PM on 12/11/2010
if needed my child to work 12 hours in order to keep the family alive, why would i care? if the kid is getting paid an agreed upon wage and there is no abuse then whats the problem with child labor? except that it hurts your western sensibilities?
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03:52 PM on 12/11/2010
didn't you pass 7th grade or is "The Jungle" too "socialist" for your home school? there is EVERYTHING WRONG WITH CHILD LABOR, and for you to pooh pooh it as a cultural phenomenon that WE are not creating is sociopathic.

if we paid a living wage and (god forbid) CEOs only got 100 times what workers earned, everyone could have a pathway to a better life and their children could be healthy and educated. that is 100% within the power of the West, and I, for one, do not just accept slavery as an "agreed upon wage." if there is no leverage, there is no agreement - contract of adhesion - look it up.
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StinkyBush
Meet the new boss Same as the old boss
02:09 PM on 12/11/2010
What is surprising is how unsurprising which countries are mentioned.

If a Republican looked at these pictures, it would be a wet dream of what their America would look like without those darn labor unions.
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Edward Standley
opinionated jerk
02:05 PM on 12/11/2010
Where are all the jobs for the white kids? Clearly reverse racism. :(