You can fulfill the 2-3 page Media Response assignment, if you want, by responding to the following
congressional testimonies. The first is by Daniel Griswold, an analyst from the Cato Institute. The second
is by Charles Kernaghan, a sweatshop critic from the National Labor Committee. Both earings involve a
bill introduced by Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. The bill would prohibit sale in the United
States of any products made in sweatshops overseas.
You can also respond to the article and video I sent last week about The
Gap and child labor in India.
In general, you should be planning to fulfill your media response
assignment soon, rather than letting is go to the very end and jamming up
against other assignments. Remember you have a second 4-5 page
Questions" essay assignment due November 27.
I am setting a deadline of December 4 for the Media Response assignment.
But again, think about not overloading yourself at the end.
The Best "Anti-Sweatshop" Policy: Expanding U.S. Trade with Developing
Testimony by Daniel Griswold, The Cato Institute
Before the Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development Subcommittee of the
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Hearing on "Overseas Sweatshop Abuses, Their Impact on U.S. Workers, and
the Need for Anti-Sweatshop Legislation"
February 14, 2007
Mr. Griswold: Chairman Dorgan and members of the subcommittee, thank you
for inviting the Cato Institute to testify today on global working conditions.
First, we should reject any notion that American workers are pitted in
zero-sum competition with workers in poor countries. There is no race to
the bottom in labor standards. Global incomes and working conditions can
rise for workers in all countries that participate in the global economy.
As America has become more globalized in the last 25 years, American
workers and their families have enjoyed significant increases in real
compensation, disposable incomes, and wealth.
Nor has trade with developed countries undermined America's manufacturing
base. Output of America's factories last year was more than 50 percent
higher than it was in the early 1990s, before we joined NAFTA and the World
Trade Organization. American factories are producing more aircraft and
pharmaceuticals, more sophisticated machinery and semiconductors, more
chemicals, and even passenger vehicles and parts, than 15 years ago. We can