Until we stop shopping at Wal-Mart and start demanding Made in the US goods, this isn't going to change soon. People don't want to spend money on quality - they want their stuff in high volume, as cheap as possible, which requires cheap (often exploited) labor. How many people here would be willing to spend an extra 10-20 bucks on their next Step? So Cathe selected a Chinese manufacturer for her goods. If we don't hold corporations feet to the fire, they have no incentive to change - especially when the tax incentives encourage them to go oversees, as well. Cheaper costs means a greater profit margin for them. In the late '90s corporations were given huge tax incentives to move their call centers, etc. overseas. We have to create incentives for them to stay here - but politics always gets in the way of rational thought. We also, as a nation, have given up on the idea of "production" in favor of "consumption." That, too, has to change. We need to want to make stuff. Like most major problems we're facing today, this is not one that is going to have an easy fix or a quick resolution.