Should There Be More ‘Made In America’ Policies?

AdriHead 2012/08/03 21:00:00
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Finally! Something we can all agree on! A recent survey shows that both Democrats and Republicans agree that there should be more "Buy America" policies instilled by the U.S. government.

In fact, an "overwhelming majority" said that they would even support something from the government that mandated that taxpayer money be used on goods that are made in the U.S. Do you think there should be more "Made in America" policies instilled by the government? Or should individuals have the utmost freedom to buy whatever they want to buy... even if it ends up hurting their country's economy?

While President Obama and Mitt Romney bicker over whose policies will send more jobs overseas, there is one side of the job creation coin that both candidates agree on: that the government should do its darndest to keep manufacturing jobs in America.

Unlike many of the job proposals both candidates are pushing, “Buy America” policies that encourage the government to buy products that are made in the U.S. whenever possible are hugely popular across party lines, according to a national survey commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the United Steelworkers.

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  • scbluesman13 2012/08/06 20:06:41
    Not if you want true capitalism to flourish.
  • Allan 2012/08/06 20:02:31
    Nope, made in the USA is dead, until we learn to accept that the US, state, and local governments are the ones pushing away local development. Americans want the same thing as everyone else, better products at a cheaper price. You cant build that in the US.
  • Eddie Allan 2012/08/06 21:14:57
    BULL! At one time I'd have agreed with you. American workers expected too much money compared to workers elsewhere. However, the biggest employers in America now are companies like Walmart and McDonalds. And I guarantee you that those companies don't pay what union jobs used to. The "been out of work for 2 to 5 years" US laborer isn't looking for a top pay job anymore. They are just looking for "a job" that isn't temporary and pays enough to put food on the table and keep the utilities on. The spoiled American worker is a thing of the past and reality has set in.
  • Cachae7 2012/08/06 19:52:23
    Hello! It's been hurting the American economy for 50 years... It all started with clothing being made in 3rd world countries, putting the seamstresses out of work! Now everything is outsourced. Those Bean Counters in Washington are finally figuring this out... Oh, but I thought our Gov't was against dictatorship...
    How about you force Corporations to bring back 60% of all outsourced jobs first, then America will have the money to "Buy American"
  • Allan Cachae7 2012/08/06 20:05:00
    How about you stop forcing rules on everyone. Stop the initiation of force, and you solve the problem
  • Cachae7 Allan 2012/08/06 20:39:44
    Really... So Corporate Greed should just flourish until we all collapse then?
    The Greed is 'out of control' in this country... what do you propose to do to stop it...
    Unless you're in the 1% group, then your money makes money whether you work or not.
  • Allan Cachae7 2012/10/09 17:41:38
    Corps recieve special protections from government. Where do you think microsoft would be without government protecting it's intellectual property, that it stole? Just one of many companies making similar products.
  • Jules 2012/08/06 19:51:51
    Yes,Because We need more jobs in America to keep the economy going.
  • Lefty 2012/08/06 19:50:27
  • Jean 2012/08/06 19:42:36
    First, what company exists that can produce goods in the quantities required by a government agency for the prices those agencies are willing to pay that has all of its production facilities in the U.S.? Second, the assumption that buying foreign goods "hurts" a country's economy is a commonly-held fallacy. Where would China's economy be if that country couldn't purchase American-grown agricultural products? The demand level would stay the same, but because the supply was miniscule the cost of food would be sky-high. A "buy China" policy with regard to food would be a disaster for China. The same applies to the U.S. and the purchase of goods made overseas. "Buy American" makes great sound bytes but little economic sense.
  • Cachae7 Jean 2012/08/06 20:10:13
    Okay... Food is one thing, for manufacturing and outsourcing is another (read my other post). Americans buy foreign products because they're cheaper to manufacturer, they're cheaper to manufacture because the workers earn pennies on the dollar. Inflation (and greed) is a world problem. The barter system has been around for 1,000 years with equal trade with equal goods traded. Today's exchange of purchasing goods and services is loop-sided because American-made costs more.
    Do you think Chinese people buy American-Made cars? No. They're loyal to their country.
    The Agriculture you speak of, we pay for, like Bananas from South America and the Oil from Saudi Arabia, and the Rice from China, they have the perfect climate to grow More Rice than we do...
    Until we return the balance to our Economy, America should buy American. More jobs means less crime, less crazies that go on shooting rampages, and with increased purchasing power means more demand because we have more jobs and more money to spend.
    This in turn, lowers the prices (and lower inflation) of goods and services because more products are being sold to a demanding public.
    We currently have a manufacturing plant for solar panels. They aren't selling because foreign made solar panels cost 1/3 of what the American panel sells for... Do you see where this is going... Pennies on the dollar is destroying this country!
  • Stoner 2012/08/06 19:36:57
    thats reason nothing is made in USA ..the greedy government!
  • Cachae7 Stoner 2012/08/06 20:10:52
    Correction.. Greedy Corporations and free enterprise!
  • Stoner Cachae7 2012/08/06 20:15:30
    goverment makes Corporations rich to support there screwed up laws
  • Eddie Cachae7 2012/08/06 21:17:47
    There's nothing wrong with free enterprise but it needs to be balanced with domestic social responsibility. Greed is the biggest problem facing our society.
  • Jesus Freak and proud of it 2012/08/06 19:29:58
    Jesus Freak and proud of it
    It's absolutely ridiculous that there are more things sold in the US made by China than America. I understand, yes, that it is a lot cheaper to use countries like China to make these goods, but we need to fix that issue, especially since we showed up to, in all places, the Olympic Games with outfits from an American company (Ralph Lauren) but made in, you guessed it, freaking China. us olympic outfits
  • KG 2012/08/06 19:26:58
    Absolutely, not only should we know in big bold letters what country an item comes from but also what CITY and STATE. Local is the only way to survive.
  • debra.faber 2012/08/06 19:24:43
    We should stop outsourcing jobs and the manufacture of products if we want to create more employment opportunity in the United States.
  • Lisa 2012/08/06 19:22:28
    I agree. Buying products made in other countries is less expensive, then buying American made products. The American public needs incentives to purchase products that are made in the U.S.A.
  • wildemanne 2012/08/06 19:21:57
    when it was made with quality and care yes but if the American made is as cheap as the comparison for less money that's tempting upon circumstance, and you should expect to go either way only superior products made in America are welcomed
  • endthefed.soundmoney 2012/08/06 19:20:37
    I like to have Slave Labor from The Peoples Republic of China make my stuff, no matter how cheap it is as long as I pay less, And I love to have more wars so we can all pay higher taxes and less personal liberties. And if you say I f*&)K the us well my friends you are doing a good job by voting for Obama or Obamney. You can call me a Nut job or whatever for supporting Ron Paul but all of you who vote for Obama or Obamney are all ,idiots! Can`t you all see that voting for your side for the win is not a real win at all for us
    Citizens. You are only making sure the Elites stay the course.

  • kzb75 2012/08/06 19:19:00
    YES. But Americans need to be ready for the price hike, or at least not complain about the immigrant workers we hire because most Americans are too lazy to work them.
  • Eddie kzb75 2012/08/06 21:22:21
    I'm a big proponet of requiring recipients of welfare and similar social services to be required to perform public service duties in return for the benefits. No work, no help.
  • kristin 2012/08/06 19:18:53
    Why are businesses going over seas or out of the country to manufacture our goods? Cost of doing business. It's cheaper for them to do business in other countries then here in the United States, if we want companies to Return to the Made in the USA emblem, we have to support businesses that make products here in the United States.

    Companies would be more inclined to return to the USA for production if it's more beneficial to the bottom line for them, and they see that the residents of America care enough about the products to buy them.
  • masterofuniverseohio 2012/08/06 19:17:42
    Should have been done 50 years ago!
  • Jessica Conners 2012/08/06 19:17:24
    Jessica Conners
    States should be able to also give seals for their products. Many agricultural products leave the USA worse than they left Iowa, Laws allow others to and sand and other material. Policies should be more producer friendly than corporation friendly
  • Daniel O'Hern 2012/08/06 19:06:20
    Daniel O'Hern
    We all know the work ethic in America is for s**t so I'll buy from china and Japan where
    They really know how to work. Have not seen many Americans plucking onions from
    The fields lately . I heard one lasted a week. The American cars are running better
    Because most of their parts are made overseas. Buy American if u don't want it to last.
    Ralph Lauren is no fool. Don't want those uniforms falling off in a parade.
  • jcadla Daniel ... 2012/08/06 19:08:39
  • annalisa rox 2012/08/06 19:05:06
    annalisa rox
    Yes, because that will create more jobs for us.
  • DCCat 2012/08/06 19:02:35
    No…But it would be great if we did that anyway.
    We don't meed any more choices taken away.
  • jcadla 2012/08/06 19:01:57 (edited)
  • jcadla jcadla 2012/08/06 19:11:42
  • Cachae7 jcadla 2012/08/06 20:24:15
    Okay.. I agreed with the first part about the jobs, but the last two paragraphs... not.
    You can't have it both ways, Republicans outsourced this country, allowed tax cuts to corporations arguing it stimulates the economy to produce more jobs when it doesn't. They've stock-piled the money and didn't make good on their promise to "not" pay taxes in favor of hiring U.S. workers. We can't "make them" because our Gov't will be labeled a dictatorship. Free enterprise is out of control with no loyalty to the U.S.
    Oh, BTW, there were more jobs outsourced under the Bush Admin, than any other presidency in history.
  • John Hall 2012/08/06 18:57:24
    John Hall
    Why not were being forced to buy Obamacare why not force us to buy American made only .
  • debra.f... John Hall 2012/08/06 19:32:20
    Buy Obamacare? There is no "buying Obamacare." You are being held accountable to buy your own health insurance, so my insurance won't go up and my tax dollars won't have to be used to care for you in the event of a major accident or illness.
  • Stoner debra.f... 2012/08/06 19:43:07
  • John Hall debra.f... 2012/08/06 22:14:40
    John Hall
    I have insurance it's the people who don't who will be forced to buy it and don't be surprised if your insurance keeps going up .
  • JimTheGeek 2012/08/06 18:55:36
    Where I work, our standard policy is to find supplies Made in U.S.A., if at all possible. "Made in America" is not enough, must be "Made in U.S.A."!
  • william.m.sparks 2012/08/06 18:55:31
    Why does the government need to instill policies to encourage Made In America. This is a problem the government needs to address by giving businesses the same respect to the locally owned businesses and encourage the lowering of imports. Money can be made here but the cost of production is lower in overseas business.
  • Null_Shock 2012/08/06 18:50:37
    No, forcing anything is wrong. Now if they could offer incentives to buy that would be different. Also American electronics kind of suck.

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