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How the Clintons Sold Christmas

Wednesday, 22 December 2004 12:00 AM

The rise and fall of Olmec is further mirrored in the American toy industry. Most of the blame falls upon the lucrative and expanding one-way toy trade with China and the massive U.S. deficit trade gap with China.

The rise and fall of Olmec Toys centers on trade deals with China, Bill Clinton, Ron Brown and Yla Eason.

Olmec Toys was founded in the U.S. Olmec President and CEO Yla Eason is an MBA from Harvard and former journalist. Eason created Olmec Toys in 1985 when "she couldn't find a black super hero for her son."

"Creative mom, Yla Eason, created a $5 million business selling African American, Hispanic and Asian dolls with ethnically correct features. Her business, Olmec Toys, Inc., started with $60,000 borrowed from family," notes an article from Good Housekeeping, November 1996.

Eason also traveled with Ron Brown to China, meeting with top Chinese officials in the People's Republic government. In 1994, Eason took a Hong Kong cruise on board the luxury liner Pacific Princess - the "Love Boat" - with Brown. Eason and Brown sailed the midnight South Pacific waters while attending a very posh and private party thrown by their Asian hosts.

Invitees to the "Love Boat" party included the president of the China CITIC bank. CITIC is part of the Chinese communist government and a firm linked to international arms traffic.

Wang Jun, chairman of CITIC, is also president of Poly Technologies, a Chinese weapon maker and exporter. In 1996, Wang Jun met with Ron Brown and DNC fund-raiser Charlie "Ya-Lin" Trie prior to meeting Bill Clinton and making a large contribution at a White House coffee/fund-raiser.

In 1994, Brown took Eason to China. Eason met in Beijing with officials of the China National Toy Association (CNTA) at the personal arrangement of Ron Brown. The CNTA is actually a front for the People's Armed Police (PAP) and the Chinese People's Army (PLA). CNTA products are manufactured in Gulag-like prison factories called Lao Gai.

Yla also circulated with the politically correct American toy powers to get inside the big game. Eason cut a deal with U.S. toy maker Hasbro to produce a line of "ethnically correct" dolls in a Chinese army prison factory. Hasbro, of course, was at that time also a donor to the Democratic National Committee.

Eason obtained the rights from Hasbro to the 3 3/4-inch GI Joe plastic molds. Eason created the "Bronze Bombers," a line of African-American superheroes, simply by painting the GI Joe doll faces black and charging $10 more. The "Bronze Bombers" were imported for sale in Toys R Us, Kay Bee Toys and Wal-Mart.

According to Chinese dissident Harry Wu, the Chinese police and Chinese army run prison factories that produce a wide variety of goods, including Eason's "Bronze Bomber" line of dolls. Prisoners work from 12 to 16 hours a day seven days a week, making highly volatile plastic products with no masks, no training and little ventilation. Statements provided by former prison camp guards to Mr. Wu show that torture and starvation is standard policy at Chinese prison factories.

At the peak of Olmec's operations, Eason claimed to make over $5 million in sales a year. In addition, Eason made her way into the D.C. political sphere with remarkable speed. This quick rise was especially true of her relationship with Clinton's commerce secretary Ron Brown.

One declassified document reveals the personal relationship between the two. The document, a standard thank-you letter from Ron Brown addressed to Eason, includes a curious hand-written comment for Ms. Eason. "You are wonderful!" wrote Brown to Ms. Eason.

In a 1995 letter to Brown, Ms. Eason described how she secured a facility to assemble and sell the painted GI Joe dolls in a tax-free zone in downtown Richmond, Va.

"The office is 13,000 square feet which includes a warehouse facility," noted Eason in her letter to Brown.

"It is located in an enterprise zone not far from the Arthur Ashe Community Center. Richmond City Manager, Robert Bobb and his economic development group have been exceptional in helping us. Not only were we recruited as if were a fortune 500 company, we were able to take advantage of certain city and state funds as a result of locating in an enterprise zone."

The documents clearly show that Ms. Eason was "close" to Commerce Secretary Brown. In 1998, this reporter attempted to contact Eason concerning allegations that she was one of Brown's lovers.

In response, Ms. Eason promptly left Virginia. Eason was later charged in civil court with also leaving over a million dollars in debt to minority lenders such as the Consolidated Bank & Trust Company.

In her rags-to-riches story Eason claimed that she was able to set up a toy company, get the rights to one of the most popular doll molds ever and get shelf space at Toys R Us, Kay Bee and Wal-Mart - all for $60,000 loaned to her from her mom.

In fact, Eason received the 1997 Business Enterprise Award directly from President Clinton.

In 1998, Ms. Eason fled Virginia and disappeared. Minority creditors filed in court against Eason and seized the remaining Olmec inventory, including Eason's last toy creation - 1,600 Malcolm X dolls. As a result, Eason went into hiding after leaving $1.2 million in unpaid bills.

Ironically, Olmec's biggest debtor was the Chinese toy maker that made the Bronze Bombers. Perhaps, one of the reasons why Eason went into hiding was because of the fear that her Chinese army backers might not like losing loads of money.

In 1999, all Olmec inventory and resources were sold, the facility in the Richmond "enterprise zone" was closed and creditors continued to pursue Ms. Eason. The closing sale included 20,000 minority ethnic board games and the 1,600 Malcolm X dolls.

These dolls are the ethnically correct and politically incorrect toy story of the Clinton administration. The cover story is a successful businesswoman whose creations stirred pride in the African-American community. The ugly facts are that she cheated African-American parents with an Al Jolson-like paint scheme.

While it may not be true that Bill Clinton sold Christmas to China, it is true that he will not talk about Yla Eason or the toys she produced inside the communist state.

There are many toys sold in America today that follow the Olmec pattern - they are manufactured inside prison labor camps. Many U.S. firms try to ignore the terrible trade. Meanwhile, Santa is crying for all of us who celebrate Christmas day with the fruits of slave labor.

Charles Smith will be on:

The Jerry Hughes Show on Friday, 12/24/04, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.cilamerica.com.

The Charlie Smith Show on the American Freedom Network on Monday, 12/27/04, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.americanewsnet.com.


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