Labor Day is a wake, not a celebration
[Here is the beginning of an OpEd published on Labor Day in the Providence Journal. For the full piece, click here.]
WITH NO SMALL IRONY, Labor Day has become much more about finding cheap Chinese goods on sale than a celebration of the strength and dignity of the American worker. No doubt, both the late Mao Zedong and the late AFL-CIO president George Meaney are turning over in their graves.
In fact, the emergence of
In less than a decade, China has vaporized over 60 percent of America’s textile jobs, over half of its apparel jobs, over 40 percent of its semiconductor and electronic-components jobs, and roughly 20 percent of the jobs in the auto-parts, printing, paper and plastics industries.
It would be one thing if
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