Bill O’Reilly has done it again! In a past column, I wrote about O’Reilly’s May 22 mailbag segment where he claimed his “Bold and Fresh” shirts were made in Central America because, “We cannot get the volume of shirts we need in America, sadly.”
I blew the lid off this false claim in that column naming only a few of the many American suppliers with many thousands of shirts just waiting for large orders. One such supplier is Union Marketing Ideas, which provides the American-made, union-made “Buy American!” shirts available in my USA Shop. And they’re actually less expensive than O’Reilly’s Central America-sourced shirts.
On the June 23 mailbag segment O’Reilly repeated the same lame excuse for not buying American. I’m compelled to write about this issue again because it’s one thing to say something, find out later it isn’t true, and correct yourself. But it’s another thing to know that what you’re saying isn’t true and keep repeating it.
I also wanted to address the e-mails I’ve received telling me I left out the fact that proceeds from O’Reilly’s sales go to charity. Some opined that if Bill-O had sourced his shirts from America, he would have to pay more and there would be less money left over to donate to charity. Still others say that unions are to blame and that corporations can’t contribute to charity if they have to pay for things like middle-class wages, health care and pensions for their workers.
With that kind of logic, we should immediately move all manufacturing offshore so Corporate America can pay lower wages and fewer benefits to supposedly have more money left over for charity. Maybe if more Americans were actually working and making a living wage they would need less “charity” and would be less likely to wind up at food banks and soup kitchens.
I wonder how many Americans would be willing to take a pay cut so their employer would have more money left over for charity. But we forget that we Americans can only be as affluent as consumers as we are wage earners.
Lowering the wages of American workers can only be a positive for our economy if prices fall faster than wages. We need to be putting upward pressure on wages so we can be more affluent as consumers. A policy that pins its hopes on prices falling faster than wages for prosperity to materialize is a policy that is aiming in the wrong direction.
The point is this: We can have a policy in America that provides good jobs at good wages and allows giving to charity is well. America’s corporations, even the ones that employ Americans, routinely donate to charity.
Unions are big givers to charity as well. In fact, Guide Dogs of America was founded over 60 years ago by Joseph Jones Sr. with the help of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW). This can be verified on the Guide Dogs of America website
The assertion that unions are the root problem of our jobs going overseas is as false as O’Reilly’s claims that he can’t get a sufficient number of shirts sourced from America. The fact that my American-made, union-made Buy American! shirts are less expensive than O’Reilly’s Central America shirts should serve as sufficient proof. Without unions, there would be few if any well-organized groups to insist we put upward pressure on wages which also raises our American standard of living.
As long as O’Reilly maintains his lame excuse for not buying American, I’l continue to convince others to support the Buy American cause as I have now for more than 15 years.
If you’d like to tell Bill O’Reilly your opinion on this issue, you can e-mail him.