That should come as a surprise to no one. A simple check of garment tags at just about any store or closet should tell you that our clothing and textile industry has been outsourced overseas.
Living in a part of the country that saw one factory after another close over the past 30 years, perhaps we’re a little more sensitive to the loss of our textile and clothing industry than others. Whether it was spinning mills in Talladega or Pell City, a sewing shop in Lincoln, weaving operations in Sylacauga or Sycamore, sportswear manufacturing in Alexander City, or businesses that supported those operations, our part of America took a heavy hit when trade rules were changed to allow more and more free trade.
Readers old enough to remember Ross Perot’s presidential candidacy will recall his warning on NAFTA that the “giant sucking sound you hear” will be jobs going to Mexico. Other free trade agreements followed.
While some dissented, enough politicians of both major parties got on board the free trade bandwagon which eventually led to a meltdown in manufacturing consumer goods in our country.
Changes in trade laws led to a domino effect of American factory closings that essentially made the rich richer at the expense of the poor and middle class.
So we would ask the members of Congress to spare us their crocodile tears and their phony outrage over the Olympic uniforms. They caused it.