There was a time in this country that we looked for that "Made in the U.S.A." on the products that we purchased. That label was a sign of pride. It was a symbol of quality. Somewhere over the decades that has faded. This morning I heard a commercial for My Pillow.
- The founder of the company, Michael J Lindell brags in the commercial that he does all of his own manufacturing in his home state of Minnesota.
- Rob Cheng of PC Matic proudly says in his commercials that all their tech support, sales, and operations are in the USA.
When I needed an additional vehicle recently, I bought a Hyundai Elantra Limited. One of the things that I liked about it was that it was assembled in the USA. What would it take to get a Made in America campaign to be successful in today's world? My Mac Pro was assembled in Texas. (We still count that as American made.) Do we even look for the American made tags? My sweater is made by Ralph Lauren - Polo and is from Sri Lanka. My watch made by Apple is made in China. The phone on my desk is a Toshiba, made in Malaysia. The Pilot pen that I used to sign things this morning? Japan. The Voss water that I drink too much of? Norway.
What if I changed to buying American made sweaters, pens, phones, and water? What if many people changed to purchasing American made products? Could we make a difference? Carrier Air Conditioner is just one example of a company that staying in this country saves a thousand jobs. What if Apple brought assembly back to the USA? Think of how many workers are employed by Foxconn in China where our iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Nintendo DS, Playstations, Xboxes, Nokias, and BlackBerries are made. Imagine if that was done here in this country.
American-made footwear mandate part of Defense authorization bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision to require the Department of Defense to provide military recruits with American-made shoes.
Maine U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin championed the change and announced its presence in the authorization act on Wednesday.
The provision will go before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in the next few days. The Maine legislators say the provision will be implemented over the next two years.
Collins and Poliquin are Republicans and King is an independent. They trumpeted the rule change as a win for American jobs and U.S. manufacturing.
The legislators say the change essentially subjects footwear to the Berry Amendment, which requires the defense department to give preference to American products.