Free trade agreements by both Democratic and Republican administrations have had a devastating effect on American workers and American jobs. Let’s face it, if outsourcing was not profitable, it wouldn’t be done. Corporations continue to make tremendous profits from outsourcing American jobs while Americans continue to swallow the trend hook, line, and sinker because they buy into corporate propaganda and free-market fanatics who claim that it is “evil” to challenge the corporate philosophy of the bottom-line of profit.
But here is another bottom line: an outsourced job is a lost job, and it likely won’t be coming back. In newly industrializing countries, corporations can pay overseas workers wages ranging from .44 cents an hour to .60 cents an hour all the while avoiding commitments to human rights and shirking duties to protect the environment.
As I continue to look for products made in the USA, I have decided to share those that I do locate with you. I have found it more and more difficult to turn over an item or look at a tag and find “Made in the USA.” I have also decided to share those that I have found that are not made in the USA. I have created two new pages: one for products made in the USA and one for products not made in the USA. I will provide as much information about the corporations as possible and list it with the products.
As you shop, I challenge you to take time to look at where products are made and to ask yourself what American job was lost so that these products could be placed on American shelves in virtually every mega-retail and not-so-mega retail chain in the United States.
And, lest you think that only trivial items are outsourced, let me give you an example of what I think is a major item made in China. Faucets – yes, faucets. When I went to buy my kitchen sink faucet, I looked at all the brands at Lowe’s – Koehler, Moen, and Peerless. Not a one was made here in the United States – all were made in China and still sold for ridiculously high prices.
Think about new-home construction and old-home renovating in the United States and then consider how many faucet sets are needed. It isn’t just lower-cost items that are invading our markets – every outsourced job is a lost job. Period.