Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: Government to Blame for Fayette's Loss

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: Government to Blame for Fayette's Loss

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Back in the 1990s, when the garment and textile industries in Alabama collapsed, people blamed the government for entering into the North American Free Trade Agreement. Many of the jobs once held by workers in small towns across the South moved to foreign countries where workers earned lower wages.

The textile industry had one last domestic haven. Federal law required that military uniforms be made in the United States. Plants like Fayette's American Power Source managed to survive off military contracts.

Now, the government really is responsible for depriving the garment industry of that final place of refuge. Federal prisoners will be making the uniforms that Fayette residents once earned a living sewing.

With debt and deficits climbing, the federal government must take steps to cut costs. If the move to shift government contracts from private companies to prison labor is part of a broader cost-cutting effort, it is at least logical.

But what isn't logical is the prison system's stated purpose for giving inmates jobs. …

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