Matt Wuerker by Matt Wuerker

Matt Wuerker

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I hear that some companies are worried that regulations will be enacted in Bangla Desh, and are exploring the possibility of moving their factories to Texas.

  2. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    Clever artwork.

  3. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Pat Bagley did a cartoon May 3.
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/56254668-82/bagley-cartoon-facebook-lake.html.csp

  4. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    You can research it yourself, Ms. Lazy. There’s this thing called the internet, and you already spend hours there every day. Hint: google “Walmart Bangladesh” to get started. But to assume that it wasn’t WalMart just because you shop there shows a complete lack of reasoning. WalMart is the absolute champion of the kind of “race-to-the-bottom, oppose regulation and fair-pay at any cost” attitude that cost over 1000 lives in Bangladesh. More to the point, large suppliers like Walmart have a lot of influence in places like Bangladesh, and can insist that conditions improve or they’ll go elsewhere, if they know that consumers care about lives.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    Bangladesh has a national building code. It just doesn’t seem to be enforced. Corruption? Lowest bidder taking shortcuts? No inspectors? All of the above and more?

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    The unions didn’t push anyone overseas – the corporations took their ball and went there to undercut competition, take advantage of lax tariffs, and pocket more money at the executive level. If t-shirts were still made here (and some actually are), the price could remain the same. The difference would be the executives would have to work with a 20% profit per shirt, not 90%.
    Offer more jobs here, and wages go up as companies need to go back to offering incentives to get employees to work for them, thereby producing more disposable income in our country, resulting in people spending and buying more, and these companies still succeeding. Moving overseas is a shortcut and a cop-out. Raise tariffs, penalize the companies who do it, and America is back to being a great country.

  7. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, over 3 years ago

    I say we should bring back those manufacturing jobs and leave the rest of the world to a future of joblessness and the abject poverty they have traditionally known. Let’s get real cartoonist. The problems are local. It’s a tragedy that those people died, but in general they are glad to have ANY source of income. Don’t come crying to me about the deaths that my clothes caused. They don’t have to make them. Spend your venom where it belongs: local graft, corruption, cronyism, and callous greed by all parties throughout the production and supply chain. I didn’t do it. Complaining to me about it accomplishes nothing.

  8. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 3 years ago

    Does Wuerker have any way of knowing where and under what conditions the clothes he wears are made??

  9. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, over 3 years ago

    It’s hard to take my outrage anywhere when all the clothes available to me are made in other third world countries. What do I need to do? Make homespun cloth on my ashram?
    For me this is truly as case of “if you build it they will come”. I never minded paying a little extra to buy American.

  10. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    All you have to do is to Google “Clothing made in the USA” and you can find just about anything you would want. Yes, the prices are probably greater than at WallMart, but you are buying better quality while supporting workers here in the USA. I am not a rich man (living on such as a Boeing retirement and social security) but even I can afford the price difference. For instance I found quality polo shirts (I do not like t-shirts, as I do not like any constrictions close to my throat) Union Made in America for $25. As I generally wear my clothing until it self destructs, that is a good price to pay for something that I will have for a very long time. Why not buy from an American company and not worry about contributing to such tragedies as occurred in Bangladesh?

  11. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @spyderred

    If Wuerker does not, I certainly do. See my longer post.

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Fourcrows

    “If t-shirts were still made here (and some actually are), the price could remain the same. The difference would be the executives would have to work with a 20% profit per shirt, not 90%.”

    The cost differential was initially not that big. Moving production overseas meant saving about 25-30% on the cost. Now, there are few American garment makers, and they mostly focus on higher quality goods. Even so, a union made t shirt is about twice the wholesale of a foreign made shirt.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Most things made overseas to “avoid unions and lower prices” only lower COSTS, and INCREASE PROFITS! The price stays the same whether made here or abroad on most items. The word is that Apple computer products would cost 20% more if made in the U.S. totally, and they’re working that direction, though “sharing the work load” on complex products with lots of parts, DOES spread the wealth to other nations as well.


    I have a collection of Hanes T-shirts that some are over 22 years old, and still quite wearable, very good quality. I recently bought 6 more that weren’t imprinted with the organizations emblems, for $6.50 each. They used to be made in Mexico, now El Salvador. While not at home, at least they’re keeping money in this hemisphere. The key point here is that the low cost IS a result of not using offshore production just to increase the profit margin. (At least with this company that retails the shirts.)

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Most things made overseas to “avoid unions and lower prices” only lower COSTS, and INCREASE PROFITS! The price stays the same whether made here or abroad on most items. The word is that Apple computer products would cost 20% more if made in the U.S. totally, and they’re working that direction, though “sharing the work load” on complex products with lots of parts, DOES spread the wealth to other nations as well.


    I have a collection of Hanes T-shirts that some are over 22 years old, and still quite wearable, very good quality. I recently bought 6 more that weren’t imprinted with the organizations emblems, for $6.50 each. They used to be made in Mexico, now El Salvador. While not at home, at least they’re keeping money in this hemisphere. The key point here is that the low cost IS a result of not using offshore production just to increase the profit margin. (At least with this company that retails the shirts.)

  15. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @dtroutma

    My own point is that buying American made clothing is not that much more expensive for even those with lower middle class incomes such as myself. It may very well become somewhat more of a problem for the working poor and below on the economic scale, however. But the people on that end of the scale are not generally the consumers of such goods that are keeping the American economy going. It is the lower through the upper middle class that is mostly doing that. I have also read recently where American made manufacturing in general is making a slow but certain come back due to increasing shipping costs, and especially the convenience of wholesalers and even retailers having their manufacturers close by. With that, the patriotic affect is then allowed to overcome the cost affect. And as a patriotic American myself I am more than happy to see that happen!!


    Heck, even here in supposedly anti business California, I see where such business entrepreneurs as Elon Musk with his spacex rocket business and his Tesla electric automobile business is doing quite well. FYI: the largest manufacturer of Computer Numerical Control machining centers in the western world is located right here in Oxnard California. The ability of such high technology manufacturing business to obtain the highly educated workers they must have to even exist far overcomes any so called anti business taxes here in the great state of California. And will continue to keep the (by far) largest economy in the USA going quite well, thank you!!

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