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.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. wickle says:

    Well said.

    Frankly, we should have engaged in some protection a long time ago. We have turned our whole economy over to a bunch of people who would actually sell their own mothers for a few extra bucks … and they have sold out our kids. We’re now a service- and import-based economy, unable to produce our own stuff now even if we wanted to. All because Chinese prisoners and the kids in Thai sweat shops work a lot cheaper than Americans.

  2. Wickle:

    I just am amazed at how the corporations have managed to literally turn this country into a foreign retail outlet and still make American workers the scapegoats for wanting to earn a decent living.

  3. mark says:

    Textiles and shoes are incredibly labor intensive products. What a shock that production has moved to countries with high levels of the requisite skills and very low levels of wages. I’ve been in shoe factories in Vietnam and textile mills in Thailand. These are mind-numbingly dull jobs. I’d rather run the deep fryer at McDonalds. Which of your children aspire to spend 8 hours per day gluing faux leather sole tips to lady’s high heels?

    The high prices you saw are a testament to the gullibility and shallowness of American women, who live for “fashion”, require annual wardrobe changes and 20, 30 or fifty pairs of shoes, each with matching bag and accessories. If the labor cost for clothing were even US minimum wage, American women couldn’t afford 10% of the total crap they currently buy and couldn’t fiddle away countless hours reading and talking about fashion.

    So what’s Michelle wearing this week?

  4. Mark:

    You focus on textiles and shoes. Come on, be honest, it isn’t just those areas. It is tools, machinery, garden items, grills, and on and on.

    I can’t even find anything at Lowe’s or Home Depot anymore that is made in the US unless it might be something like pest sprays, etc.

    Meijer, Target – they are all just as bad.

    I looked at toys the other day – Fisher Price (which was a staple in my kids’ growing up years – wow, what a shock – made in China, etc.

    Please get off your misogynist bandwagon. In case you haven’t noticed, there is quite an array of clothing and shoes for men out there.

    My point in the post was that thousands and thousands of job have been sent overseas – call it for whatever reason you like – but corporations have duped the public by crying wolf everytime the mention of protecting American workers comes up.

    Oh my – what about capitalism – oh my – outsourcing is so good for the economy. What a load of crap.

    Please take a look at the link and all the companies that already have sent jobs overseas.

  5. Tina says:

    I love this place!

  6. Tina:

    What place? Is that because you are making a living off companies that are exporting American jobs?

    I guess it isn’t your job that has disappeared.

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