Buying American: It’s more difficult than you think

…and will only get worse

We’ve all felt the bone-deep frustration of wanting to buy American made items and being met with a sea of foreign produced goods. Whether we’re looking for the latest in technology, a wrench or a new pair of running shoes, the dearth of American products is not only apparent, but often the manufacturing  origin is stealthily concealed.  The words “distributed by” assure consumers of a distribution address in New York. A magnifier is needed to read the much smaller print “Made in China” or PRC (People’s Republic of China).

Eighty-four percent of American consumers say they would rather buy an American-made product, believing them to be more reliable than imported ones, according to a recent survey. Respondents said they were even willing to pay more for U.S. made goods.

Consumer Reports, the longtime rating and recommendations company, gives the lowdown on the issue and provides a sampling of companies that make or assemble at least some of their products in the United States. Trying to sort it out becomes even more confusing, since some primarily American companies may have manufacturing facilities in more than one country.

Food products are not immune from the garbled presentations. They give the example of brands of salmon that are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American manufacturing lost almost 6 million jobs between 2000 and 2010. “Offshoring” became a buzzword with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. But the more recent hemorrhaging of jobs was due in large part to China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. A decade of BLS data reveals heavy job losses across more than a dozen manufacturing sectors, including apparel and textiles, electrical equipment, iron and steel production, computers, glass, and leather tanning and finishing.

Last Tuesday we wrote that Congressional Republicans are foolishly poised to give Barack Obama irreversible fast track authority on Trans Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation trade agreement that provides an unrestricted flow of workers into the United States. This is particularly dangerous since treaties supersede statutes under the U.S. Constitution.  If you missed the post and accompanying video, take time to acquaint yourself with the facts.

The previous day the post “GOP establishment conspires with Obama on trade deal” reveals the depth of the putrid deception being flung by Republicrats who claim to representative us.

6 Responses to Buying American: It’s more difficult than you think

  1. Attila The Hunny says:

    Americans need to wake up to the fact that we are being destroyed from within. In the 1950’s soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev predicted it with these words, “America will be destroyed from within” and “without a shot being fired.”

    We have elected an American hating president and our children are being dumbed down by liberal unionist teachers in government schools. They have not even a nodding acquaintance with American and World history, but know the latest “celebrity” exploits.

    Watch this Egyptian news segment as commentators including a retired general expose the fool who is supposedly leading the USA:

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    I have watched the TV show called “Shark Tank” for several years.
    On this show, aspiring entrepreneurs make their business presentations to a panel of “shark investors”, such as billionaire Mark Cuban.

    It’s not Fluff. The “sharks” and the entrepreneurs get deep into the weeds of the financials of the upstart companies.

    Unlike the shows of years past, the “sharks” are now making a Big Point of questioning entrepreneurs who are making their products here in the USA.

    The entrepreneurs are told by the “sharks” that it’s All About the Money and that if two cents or two dollars can be saved by making something overseas (China was repeatedly touted), then there is NO Point in making an item here in the US.

    So, it’s all about the Fat Cats and their never-ending need for greed.

    I am not an overly religious person, but I do believe that what is happening in our country and around the world has been foretold in the Bible and in various apparitions such as Fatima.

    Even the Pope doesn’t get it, and is complicit.

    • ZOO says:

      Great point Sam. I am surprised there has never been a backlash against the “sharks” for continually encouraging small companies to move production across the pond to improve “margins.” Kevin O’Leary acts as though he would sell his mother for an extra 10-cent royalty.

      Although Ross Perot has been villainized by Republicans for ‘splitting the vote and electing Clinton’, he was the sole voice in America screaming his lungs out against NAFTA. Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan, Carter, and Ford all stood with locked arms in favor of passing this profit windfall for American corporations and sending America manufacturing jobs to the outhouse to the south.

      As this video by Charlie LeDuff demonstrates, NAFTA only made things worse for Mexico’s perpetual poor and was greatly responsible for triggering a gazillion of them to invade the U.S., while fattening up America’s corporate mongers. That eventually led to the oligarchy’s decision to simply bring Mexico here to reduce expenses on low-skilled jobs across the board.

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    The US Chamber of Commerce and their local affiliates are absolutely complicit in the economic disaster that is befalling the American workforce. Obama’s Labor Department puts out monthly reports that falsely burnish up the still dismal employment numbers. He has worsened the burden on small businesses by backing outlandish increases to the minimum wage. Entry level fast food jobs are for teens and were never intended to support a family. People make bad decisions, drop out of school and then expect $15 an hour for flipping burgers. The cash registers tell the whole story. They have pictures on them for the employees, many of whom have trouble adding, subtracting or even reading English.

    When Congressional or state legislative candidates are endorsed by the illegal labor profiteers at the Chamber of Commerce, they immediately lose my support and my vote.

  4. azgary says:

    kind of like hiring the non-American is what the CoC’s want….

    oh, and btw, but off topic:
    Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona
    Updated, 2:05 p.m. | Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Republican Sen. John McCain for Senate, according to a source with knowledge of Kirkpatrick’s plans, giving Democrats a top recruit and a potential pickup opportunity.

    Kirkpatrick made calls Monday to inform people of her plans, the source told CQ Roll Call. Her bid also opens up Arizona’s 1st District, a GOP-leaning seat spanning the northeast quadrant of the state.

    An hour after this story was published, Kirkpatrick sent out an email making it official. “I love this state, and I’ve worked hard all my life to put Arizona first,” she said in a video. “From the timber towns of the White Mountains to the tech hubs of Phoenix and Tucson, we are working to build a strong, diverse economy. I’m fighting for Arizona every single day, and I’d be humbled to represent our state in the United States Senate.”

    She touted her service on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and work on a project she described as aimed at wildfire prevention and job creation in Arizona.

    In the Senate contest, McCain, 78, is the heavy front-runner in his quest for a sixth term. But he faces a potentially strong challenge from the right flank of his party that could imperil his re-election bid, which had been rated a Republican Favored contest by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call. The rating was changed Tuesday to Leans Republican.

    Kirkpatrick, 65, won re-election last fall in this district against all odds, defying a GOP wave that felled fellow moderate House Democrats. She has strong ties to the district’s Native American population, which made her uniquely able to carry the seat.

    A case is also currently pending with the Supreme Court, which heard arguments earlier this year on whether the state’s congressional district lines — drawn by an independent redistricting commission —are unconstitutional. If the court throws out the current congressional map, Arizona’s districts are almost certain to become more favorable to Republicans, imperiling members such as Kirkpatrick.

    Democratic operatives speculate that if the current congressional map is tossed by the court, fellow Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema could also look at a Senate bid. Republicans would likely make her 9th District, located in the Phoenix suburbs, less competitive for the Democrats.

    Sources with knowledge of Kirkpatrick’s plans said the congresswoman had long planned on running for Senate this cycle but wanted to announce before the Supreme Court’s decision, to avoid looking as if she were searching for a job if her 1st District became too Republican to carry.

    Even if the district lines stay the same, Democrats will not have an easy time there. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the 1st District by a 3-point margin in 2012, while McCain carried it by the same spread four years earlier. The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call on Tuesday changed the 1st District race rating to Tossup.

    Rancher Gary Kiehne, who barely lost a GOP primary to the eventual Republican nominee, now-former state Speaker Andy Tobin, already announced a bid. Tobin, who lost to Kirkpatrick by a 5-point margin in the 2014 GOP wave, is also considering giving it another try.

    Arizona GOP operatives listed a handful of others who could also wage bids.

    They include:
    •State Speaker David Gowan, who succeeded Tobin in that role, and had been contemplating a challenge to Kirkpatrick even before her Senate bid, according to a source with knowledge of his plans.
    •Steve Pierce, the majority whip in the state Senate. GOP operatives say Pierce would be a top-tier candidate.
    •David Tenney, the director of the Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office, could also look to run. Republican operatives said Tenney, a former Navajo County supervisor, would also be a top-tier contender.
    •Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Flagstaff City Councilman Jeff Oravits could also look to run, GOP operatives said.

    can we please get Russell Pearce out of retirement to take on jonny amnesty and the chamber of commerce owned establishment rnc/azgop?

    the time is right for a candidate who unabashedly chooses American citizens first

    • CD 8 PC says:

      I found this video of Ann Kirkpatrick by Googling her name and Seeing Red AZ.

      Let’s not forget who she is.

      This “caption” accompanied the video.
      Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) begins a Townhall meeting with  constituents in Holbrook, Arizona, and then walks out within minutes after one of the attendees suggested a question and answer session. A man in the crowd reminded her, “You’re our employee!” Her abrupt exit was cheered, along with the shout, “Don’t come back!”

      In fact, after this showing, Kirkpatrick lost her next race.