Career Calling

August 27, 2013

Made in the U.S.A.?

Laura Clawson of the Daily Kos points out two levels of exaggeration in Walmart’s recent promise to sell more American made products.  First, most of the products will be food products, not manufactured goods.  No American factories will open to supply goods to the country’s largest retailer.  Second, as Walmart takes over the business of more established grocers, it pays its workers lower wages.  Some established grocers have unionized workforces and pay decent wages.  When Walmart drives them out of business, it drives down pay.  Consumers pay less, and their neighbors are paid less.  Under this model everyone loses – unless their last name is Walton.

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