have you seen this new documentary on hbo?
A cautionary story of labor and greed, Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags follows the decline of the once-robust apparel manufacturing industry in the U.S., while chronicling the industry's relationship with unions and government. From the "Garmento" to the seamstress, from the designer to the marketing maven, from the small businessman to the financier, Schmatta offers a firsthand account of how the industry helped generations of Americans march out of poverty and right into the golden age of the American middle class. But while Schmatta reminds us of the early days of the garment industry and its heyday, it also probes its troubling decline, which has occurred largely within the last 30 years. In 1965, 95% of American clothing was made in the U.S.A.; by 2009, only 5% is manufactured here.
The moral the $5 t-shirt made in china has put americans out of work and will continue to be a part of the erosion of the middle class. america doesn't produce anything anymore. part of this whole bank collapse and the fancy mortgage backed securities had to do with china's insatiable thirst for investments, and people in america looking for ways fill their wants. all the money china had to invest came from us buying things made from there.
it really seems that to make any real change we're going to have to start being willing to spend more on things made here.
and i watched this about the shriver report today on the today show. super moms. . . . doing it all. while working 86% of mom's are still responsible for house and child care. . . yup