The American Content Act

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"We need a new law called the American Content Act. Then it will be up to the individual if he or she wants to buy an item made off shore, or here. Or - we can all resurrect those old bumper stickers from fifty years ago - 'Buy a foreign car, and help 10 Americans lose their jobs.'"

How many people, when they go shopping for ANYTHING these days, look to see the country of origin on the product? My wife and I always do. Even some foods at the grocery store. What good does it do to buy a souvenir in Panama, or Alaska which are made in China?
How many have had a discussion with a friend or neighbor which goes something like this: (You) "I see you bought a foreign car." (Response) "Well, it is not really foreign. Some of it is made in the USA." (You) "How much?" (Response) {blank stare}, Then, "Don't know - that is what I was told".
President Trump has taken quite a bit of "blow back" from some domestic and foreign sources about this tariff thing. The only reason the President suggested tariffs on steel and aluminum is to cut down our trade deficit. But - here is another slant to this issue. What about if we left the entire issue of having a trade deficit or trade surplus totally up to the people who buy stuff. In other words, when you buy something (anything), a tag on the merchandise would reveal what percentage the labor was American, and what percentage of the material derived was American.
In other words, if someone looked at the tag on an item being procured, and found out it contained less than 10% American labor and contained100% South Korean steel, that could influence a buying decision. Or not.
Not to sound like I am a Dodd-Frank aficionado, I would like to see Congress pass a law called the American Content Act. Why? Simply put, it would only define what percentage of the product is American derived, and what percentage of the labor was done onshore. It really should not cost that much for any company to comply with new law. All that information is already known by most companies.
A friend of mine who follows this blog, reminded me that just about everything produced can be made in America. I agree. With the exception of some Rare Earths or Titanium, we have most all of the raw materials we needed to produce products. If people in this country don't care where stuff is made, and what is made from, that is one of our freedoms. We just need to know the more stuff we buy is made "over there" results in the less stuff made here. We then need to find new jobs, to replace the jobs which have been lost.
Right now, it is hard to know what is made where. When I bragged to a friend of mine about buying American when I bought my last truck, he looked at me and laughed. "You have no clue how much of your truck was make here. Or even if it was made with American steel." Ouch - and he was right.
That is my take. We need a new law called the American Content Act. Then it will be up to the individual if he or she wants to buy an item made off shore, or here. Or - we can all resurrect those old bumper stickers from fifty years ago - "Buy a foreign car, and help 10 Americans lose their jobs."