We used to make it here.
Now they make it there.
And they are using our machinery to make it there.
I came across an article in the New York Times that filled in some of the blanks surrounding the almost total demise of the apparel industry in this country over the last thirty years. I urge you to read it.
Now I know that lots of businesses open, flourish and then eventually shut down to be replaced by other firms in that same industry. Other types of firms shut down because the products the old firms produced are just no longer needed. Think buggy whip manufacturers. But over the last thirty years, lots of industries that used to provide millions of Americans with middle class jobs simply moved overseas. 97% of the apparel we wear comes from somewhere other than the U.S. 95% of the shoes we wear come from somewhere other than the U.S. I think it would be a good idea to reduce these percentages, what do you think? We can do it, and it isn’t really very hard.
Just say to yourself that the next time you are going to buy a t-shirt, it’s going to be made here in the U.S. How about this t-shirt?
6.1 oz., pre-shrunk 100% Cotton, Shoulder-to-shoulder taping, Double-needle stitched sleeves and bottom hem, Union made in the USA. $8.99.
Or this one.
100% cotton & Union made in The USA. 10 T-Shirts for $95.00
Or how about this one.
It’s up to you. But know that by changing your spending, you can put Americans back to work. And it can all start with a t-shirt.
Photo by cjohnson of Rochester, Minnesota