Originally Posted by BonneMeMN
We can't create a world wide minimum wage, but we can set standards on any business that deals here.
Setting prices is just like russia telling us we can't eat mcdonalds, we all are our own independant states, and freedom is what the US is based on. Telling others what to do defeats that.
Creating a world wide minimum wage would not work because where 85 cents a day is the standard of living in a third world country it would not work here. There can be no set of standards due to large gaps in cost of living world wide.
2. What you see here is capitalism in its true form guys. Everybody loves capitalism till it affects you. Capitalism is all about making all the most money you can with the least overhead and thats what these companies are doing.
3. Yes you can get mad at the Chinese government for letting slave labour happen but its the companies that set the wages (The sad part is that all companies like Nike and Gap have to do is raise their wage 40 cents and it will be livable wage for their workers) and the company that hires the little kids so these American companies are not innocent whatsoever. Also dont think that slave labour and child labour happen just overseas. Cities like L.A., Texas and the Southern part of Florida and in Florida Orchids are filled with illegal and underage slave labour.
Lastly its almost impossible to buy non import. Most electronics would have to be thrown away. Clothing is almost impossible, the only company in Canada that I klnow of that makes labour friendly clothes on a national scale is Mountain Equipment Co-op but if you are willing to pay 2 or three times the price of clothes in a retail outlet then it makes it easier.
Lastly just because the tag says made in America I wouldnt believe it. Big name companies like Nike and Gap have had raids done on them in third world countries where workers were caught sewing "Made in America" tags onto shirts.
Believe me I dont like this anymore than you do but in a world that is continually becomming more and more of a Global Village and Companies being completely driven by profits and not loyalty this kind of situation is inevitable.