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What Can You Do?

Here is the good news: 

We, as consumers, can solve this problem ourselves.  All we must do is choose to purchase quality products made in America, with money we are already spending, creating jobs in the communities where they are made.  By bringing this spending home, we can be the “intervening cause” that breaks the downward cycle of the vicious circle, and ushers in the virtuous circle:

How to buy an American car

With the global supply chain, it would be impossible to find a car that is 100 percent American-made. Here’s the biggie: If you look back to the list of $600 billion of deficits in consumer products, you will notice that nearly $200 million, one-third of the entire deficit, is attributable to automobiles and components.  This is the place where action is most effective, and most needed.  We have already noted the trend toward increasing the foreign content of cars that are assembled in the United States.  With the global supply chain, it would be impossible to find a car that is 100 percent American-made. So how can you be most effective in purchasing an American car?

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The simple answer is this:

Make sure the next car you buy has the maximum possible percentage of U.S. “content”: parts, labor, and manufacturing overhead. 

 

How do you know what's made in America?

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Become a Label Reader

The first thing we each must do is to become an inveterate “label reader.”  The information can be hard to find, we will discuss this more, but once you get going on this, you will become quite adept at locating the country-of-origin label on packages and on products.