And what's all that about the non-union rural south? Are you saying Bangladeshi garment workers are putting American farmers out of work? If you mean the textile industry in the South, that has been gone for decades. Most of the work force reductions in the textile industry came about as a result of automation. Foreign competition killed off the remnant. My grandfather worked his entire life for Cannon Mills and I'm quite familiar with the history of that industry. The bottom line is if the textile companies had been able to compete they would still be in business. And there is never any reason to force consumers to pay more just so an inefficient industry can keep going.
I watched it happen first hand, not vicariously through a relative.
Stop and think of what you’re saying. The decimation of the domestic textile industry began due to automation? It’s a wonder, then, that offshoring ever provided such benefit due to radically lower labor cost.
Those domestic manufacturers that continue to exist remain competitive as a result of automation. It obviously didn’t put them out of business. Offshore sources face the same capital expenditure for modern automated equipment.
Home textiles and apparel are dissimilar in several ways as well, your grandfather’s no doubt outstanding contributions to the now defunct Cannon Mills notwithstanding I’m sure.