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  •  First- person testimony (9+ / 0-)

    is always the most powerful - just like that ad upthread.

    Here's my personal anecdote:

    I used to be a textile stylist  (another industry that has been entirely offshored - Norma Rae might as well be an ancient Egyptian papyrus for all the relevance it has to today's US). In the late eighties I was working for a clothing company that made moderate-priced sportswear, mostly house-branded stuff for big chain stores like Sears.

    Our holy grail, one we never attained, was to be a supplier for Wal-mart. It would have made an enormous amount of money for our company if we got in there; even then the numbers were huge. My boss' pilgrimage to Bentonville was a semiannual ritual, but we were never able to land that account, and the reason was that we couldn't  manufacture competitively entirely in the US.

    Sam Walton was still around back then, that was his policy, and there were no exceptions. If even the thread we used to sew the clothes together had been made abroad, we didn't get in. Once he died his heirs threw that out the window, headed to China and never looked back. Today they are the richest family in the world, with the eight richest owning more wealth than the bottom 30% of the US population combined. They make me sick.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 06:46:00 AM PDT

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