Category Archives: Economics & Politics

The economics of buying American and the trade deficit.

Pay more and feel great about it

It was like most of the clothing we inevitably own, mass produced in the vast factories of Southeast Asia. The seams were badly puckering and the hemming kept undoing itself. The chinos had reached the end their life, the base … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Against Restoration Hardware Alleging Navy Chair Chinese Knock-off

I am writing to you because your organization caught my attention as being committed to promoting American manufacturing, and keeping American jobs in America. My organization, Emeco, produces high quality chairs originally developed for the U.S. Navy that are designed … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Toms Shoes

I want to openly state that I am disgusted with companies like Toms Shoes. If you are not familiar with them, they make cheap shoes cheaply in China, typically canvas flats, and sell them for around $40. Their claim to … Continue reading

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Buying America Back by Alan Luke

I recently reviewed a great new book that aligns well with the aims of this blog.  Buying America Back by Alan Luke is an easy-read paperback (printed in USA, of course) that echoes what I say here – that a … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Apple (Please add your comments)

Dear Apple, I’m disgusted by the fact that all your products are Chinese.  I used to love Apple, but I can’t stand your company now.  You are traitors to America and our economy.  You employ 1 million Chinese and 30,000 … Continue reading

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Made in USA Towels

Have you noticed that much of the towels that you see in American stores these days say “Egyptian cotton” or “Made in Turkey”?  It’s not as though they’re cheaper than other towels, but they seem to have cornered the market.  … Continue reading

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Poetic Justice for Apple

Lately, Apple has been in the news for both record profits and sales, as well as labor standards in China and a trademark dispute with a Chinese firm over the Ipad name. Let’s backtrack and look back at my old … Continue reading

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The MadeinUSABlog Take on Occupy Wall Street

As someone concerned about the success of the US economy, I have been doing a lot of thinking about my response to some of the opinions and demands put forth by demonstrators from Occupy Wall Street and related movements.  In … Continue reading

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China’s Low-Price Manufacturing A Plan for Monopoly

China seems to practice dumping of under-priced goods to purposely drive it’s international competitors out of business then follow this up by doubling and tripling prices.  Case in point: rare earth minerals.  Currently China produces 95-99% of the world’s rare … Continue reading

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Why More Stimulus Will Not Help Unemployment

Ahead of the much-anticipated Obama “Jobs Speech,” I wanted to share some thoughts in the vein of the Madeinusablog. We have had stimulus after stimulus and tax cut after tax credit yet the unemployment rate has hardly budged, and possibly … Continue reading

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