Why are we surprised that we lost 3.6 million jobs since the recession started, when we send all our jobs to China?
How I was raised I learned that if you take your lemonade stand out of neighborhood #1 and put it in neighborhood #2, you shouldn't be surprised if neighborhood #1 no longer has any lemonade stands.
I worked for a TV station a few years back running camera, a specialty job, and I was getting 8 bucks an hour, which in New York minimum wage at the time was $6.50 people complained that that was too low, so they raised minimum wage to $7.50/hr. So basically, I could have quit running a camera and worked at McDonalds for around the same pay without needing any specialty knowledge. When you tell all the local businesses that they have to pay their employees more money than their responsibility demands, those employers are going to try to find ways to cut corners or raise prices. A lot of times employers move their whole factory to Mexico or China for cheaper labor laws.
As a nation we decided what is a fair price and what isn't, besides a few cases, the only reason an American company sends their factory to China is because they can get something made cheaper than the decided minimum wage.
I have heard a girl working at the mall complain about her $7.50/hr while she was folding shirts that were made by people [sometimes kids] for pennies an hour.
The Bible says that workmen we have failed to pay are crying out against us!
James 5:4 "Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you."
I posted a twitter/facebook update that said, "Toms® shoes are made in China. I think they should change their slogan to; "For Kids, by Kids". I got a lot of people disliking it, saying that was insensitive or whatever else.
I don't think Toms® is an horrible organization, but I think there is a bit of 'Slight of Hand'. 'If you buy shoes that costs us probably $2.00 a pair, pay us $60 a pair, we will find it in our heart to give another $2.00 pair of shoes away.' I think that is great that people are reaching out their hearts, I think it's great that kids are benefiting from this, I really do. Some people wrote me and said they have over 6-7 pairs of Toms shoes. My question is, are we treating Toms® shoes and (red)® Ipod's like Diet soda?
Diet soda is horrible for you, it contains aspartame, but it doesn't have sugar or fat, so it makes you feel good about drinking it. If our bodies aren't supposed to drink a lot of sugar, are our bodies asking us to drink less sugar or find a substitute? We need water, not fake sugar. If someone was hitting themselves in the head with a bat and said "this hurts, I need to find something that doesn't hurt as much" and they look for a softer bat. I think anyone would say, "maybe you just shouldn't be hitting yourself at all?"
Ipod had a program where if you bought a (red)® Ipod, they would give like five bucks to Africa or something. So people felt great and justified about buying an ipod, even if they didn't need it or want it.
Jesus said not to look like the world. Do you think he meant 'don't drink' or 'don't spend your money and time like the world does'?
If we really want to make a difference in this world, we won't give a percentage of our spending to a charity or half of our love to God. We need to be whole people. It's really hard, but that is how we will make a difference.
If someone said, "you can give a hi-five to a lonely person or be their friend" which one would you want to do?
I think giving them Toms® shoes and five bucks from Ipod is good, but I am just afraid that we might think our job is done or we've done our part. Love is not a 9-5 job.
I am sorry I sounded political or judging. I know it's hard, in fact there are just too many things that don't have a fair-trade alternative. I don't give money like I should, in fact I am very stingy and greedy. God is teaching me though.