Who said the laid-off textile worker remained unemployed??? The ones I know went back to school to learn a new trade. ... They are now nurses, medical technicians, secretaries, mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, etc. Throughout the history of the USA, we've had these transitions in the job market. Nobody likes change because of the unknown, but it happens. If it didn't, we would still be using horses & buggies to get us around. As Behethland said, "The textile industry has been in trouble for quite a while, due in part to innovation. When a machine can do the job that once took 30 people to do, you're going to have layoffs." ... With regard to the company heads: Their job is to make money for the company, and if they don't, they go out of business.
"But now please direct me to where I can buy 'all-American' for everything I need. We can't truly buy American now, because there's not much left to buy! Go shopping and try to find an American-made television or a pair of sneakers. It may take a while."
I agree, it will take some effort, but it has to start somewhere. Think about it, if everybody who believes in "protectionism" would right this minute make the effort to buy American, you would see more American stuff on the shelves because there will be money to be made in making things "American." I hope that makes sense...
"If CAFTA is such a good idea, Andy, then why did so many of opposite political philosophies vote against it, from Virginia Foxx to Mel Watt? Hope of re-election for some, conviction for others?"
Who knows why they vote the way they do. With that said, there are some issues where political opposites agree. For example, look at us on this board: You, Steve, & Behethland are in agreement on CAFTA/NAFTA and the Iraq war.