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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 4 years ago

    They do start smoking young.

  2. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 4 years ago


    ConserveGov said‘They do start smoking young.’
    With that wise-crack I hope you were unaware of the fire in the garment factory in Bagladesh that killed 112. It had Walmart, Sears & Disney as customers, hence the cartoon.

  3. Sr NONliberal

    Sr NONliberal said, about 4 years ago

    No we don’t. Fear mongering is so cliche coming from both extremes.

  4. cdward

    cdward said, about 4 years ago

    @Sr NONliberal

    Of course it’s true. If it weren’t, you all (since you self-identify as a plutocrat) would not have outsourced all those jobs to places where you can abuse employees so badly. Slave wages, no regulation, poor quality – that’s what it was like here before labor organized, and once outsourcing became practical, that’s what plutocrats went back to. Seems to be in your DNA.

  5. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 4 years ago

    And that would take us back to the days of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, as mentioned by Radish. Back on Saturday, March 25, 1911, that company, which was also a textile mill, caught fire.
    Management had locked the exits and stairwells to keep the employees at their jobs as well as to prevent pilferage.
    146 people died and 72 were injured, some as they jumped out of windows on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors. The oldest person to die was 48 while the youngest was only ELEVEN years old! Most were immigrant Jewish and Italian women, ages 16-22.
    As olfart said, our plutocrats want to take us back to those days where there are no protections for workers and that children would be laboring as well in these sweatshops.

  6. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, about 4 years ago

    What? People working? Where? This is unacceptable, these people should have been home living off the Govn. We need to get some progressives over there quick.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago

    A few years ago, in the spirit of “Thank You for Smoking”, a man representing an overseas clothing maker said, “Yes, they are working for substandard wages, but because they are working for us, they are being underpaid less than they would if they worked for another company.”
    The lobbyists probably made over 200k a year to convince people that we’re doing workers in sweatshops a favor, but the CEOs and managers are making very good money, even tho they are making nothing, they just keep the poorly paid productive.
    This is not an American value.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 4 years ago

    Radish, thanks for the reference. An important history lesson.

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 4 years ago

    And Michael, thanks as usual for pointing out the underlying thinking.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 4 years ago

    The outsourcing of the textile and clothing industry started long ago, as far back as the sixties that I have knowledge of.

  11. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 4 years ago

    Your way of thinking is not the solution for the loss of American jobs – it’s the very problem.

  12. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, about 4 years ago

    No, no, that’s the label. (We’ve got to do something about that boy’s lisp.)

  13. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 4 years ago

    All American Clothing is just one of the companies that makes clothes in the USA. Lands End, New Balance shoes, I’m sure there are others.

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 4 years ago

    Foxconn in China has its workers living in barracks. Children as young as 14 have been seen working there. They have nets set up between buildings to decrease opportunity for suicides. But we love cheap electronics, don’t we?

    We need to ask ourselves: are we willing to spend 20% more to pay Americans to make our stuff? Same with getting rid of undocumented migrant workers: are we willing to pay more for fruits and vegetables to ensure those jobs go to Americans?

    It does us no good to complain about job outsourcing while we’re walking out of Wal*Mart with bags full of Chinese merchandise. We’re good at talking, but are we willing to use our pocketbooks to help our own society? Given the Norquist pledge, and the unwillingness to fund a health care system, I’d say no. Still the complaints will not stop.

  15. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 4 years ago

    Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan in 1971.

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