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Is there an American "Etch-a-Sketch" on the Platform?

March 27, 2012 - Joselyn King
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could shake our political "Etch-a-Sketch" and create more worthy presidential candidates this election year?

As is becoming all too common in a 2012 political world, candidates seems fixated on the insipid and childish -- and their behavior has manifested into the form of the little red Etch-a-Sketch.

It all began when an aide to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the governor's taking a more conservative stance in the primary election wouldn't hurt him in the November general election because a campaign is like an Etch-a-Sketch, and you can "shake it up and restart all over again” -- presumably with all new ideas and positions for more moderate voters.

Whatever. Seems like a throw-away comment from a political lackey to me, but Romney's opponents -- apparaently with not much else to seize on or talk about -- grabbed it like the Etch-a-Sketch were their only Christmas toy.

Rick Santorum said America might be better off voting for Democratic president Barack Obama as opposed to Romney -- the "Etch-A-Sketch candidate of the future" prone to change his stance to appease the electorate.

In Louisiana, Newt Gingrich put the Etch-a-Sketch into the mouth of a toy alligator he held. And Ron Paul saw fit to feature the toy in an ad that rightly does focus on the shallowness of his opponents.

But all the candidates missed the real point of the Etch-A-Sketch debacle: didn't any of them notice the item once made in Ohio by the Ohio Art company is now made IN CHINA by Chinese workers.

Does any of them have a plan to see these toys and other items are made in America again?

Saw a news report over the weekend that conscientious Chinese parents want American-made items for their children. Why? They have safety concerns about Chinese products, and about the lead in the paint that is applied to them.

Seems there could be an "in" for Americans to start producing items for Americans and for export again.


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