This past week I had to do some clothes shopping – something I really hate to do. I had an event to attend on Saturday night, so I thought I would buy something new to wear since I don’t have a lot of fancy clothes. I was also out of my favorite perfume “Angel” which I usually buy at Macy’s. Perfume is one of the few items I will fork over full price to buy. But even then, I look for boxed sets which will usually include additional items for a special price. But, I digress.
I hate going to Glenbrook Mall, but Macy’s and my perfume are there, so I started at Macy’s. The clothes section is before the perfume section, so I started browsing through dresses, skirts, and other assorted apparel. Of course, as I always do, I looked at the tags to see where the products were made. My peering at the tags took me through a journey to far off places that I will probably never get to see – China, Thailand, Honduras, Mexico, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, and on and on.
I did not find one – not one – clothing item made in the U.S.A. But what is even more appalling is that many of these dresses, skirts, and apparel items were still marked up at ridiculous prices – $140 – $200 – and they were from countries that pay a meager .44 cents an hour to workers. Talk about a profit margin.
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I simply got madder and madder. I went to the perfume section, bought my once-yearly perfume supply, and left – thinking maybe a stroll through J.C. Penney’s would be better. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Again, all the clothing items were made in foreign countries. A new J.C. Penney product line – erroneously named “American Living” – is made in China. I ended up buying some jewelry and a new hat to go with an old outfit – all items made in China.
On my way back home, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up some make up items – all made in other countries with the exception of a lone Cover Girl product. It was actually made in the United States.
People, look around. Take time to pick up items and look at the tags and labels. The corporate box stores have become nothing more than retail outlets for foreign nations.
The corporations have shipped job after job overseas for the sake of pure greed. So when raving capitalists start shuddering at protectionism and start bullying the public with threats that protectionism will lead to jobs leaving this country, I have to laugh.
Go to Lowes, Home Depot, and all the other stores. The shelves are lined with products from almost every country other than the United States. The corporate powers-that-be have certainly done a snow job on the American consumer. By threatening to take jobs overseas if protectionism rears its head, the corporations manipulate and instill fear into us.
But, sad to say, it really is too late for the American worker. Taking a trip overseas is as simple as visiting your local big-name retailers. Foreign workers are exploited for pennies, foreign environments are decimated to produce cheap products, and corporations get richer and richer – all at the expense of the American worker. Our nation has become one big giant retail outlet for the rest of the world, and corporations are laughing all the way to the bank.