Made in America? For One, A Great Editorial

Made in America TestimonialVirginia paper publishes a great local editorial on products Made in America.

Poignant and powerful, Mike Stewart a local of Hampton Roads Virginia area writes in his thoughts about Made in America this past week to his Daily Press.

I had an interesting Christmas shopping season looking for things Made in America. I failed, completely.

I looked to American brand names for a replacement computer. Dell, made in China. Hewlitt Packard, made in China. Magnavox, made in China, Phillips, made in China. No flat screen TVs are made in America. No wrenches, no screw drivers, no handheld drills, no lawn edgers, no sweatshirts, no underwear.

I did find a pack of socks Made in America.

So why is unemployment, underemployment such a huge problem in the U.S.? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had good jobs right here in Hampton Roads? Remember Lucas and Gateway computers?

If people had jobs they could pay their bills, buy things that maybe aren’t totally necessary, educate their children, create economic demand that create more jobs, and pay taxes which would reduce the national debt. Why and how did this happen? Because nobody in the U.S.A is smart enough to perform these jobs? USA workers have poor work ethics? The USA is at full employment and nobody is available? No!

The answer is because the people in control of USA industrial capacity can make an extra $0.50 per unit overseas and pay for the cross ocean shipping.

I was raised near the Navajo people and they had a saying: “He who has more than he needs is not taking care of his people.”

-Mike Stewart, Poquoson

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American Made U.S. Government?

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“Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., raised the prospect Feb. 11 of requiring the General Services Administration to buy American goods and services for federal real estate projects.” Photo credit: Brendan Hoffman/Bloomberg

A California representative is asking for the General Services Administration (GSA) to be supplied with only American made goods.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. posed the question on American made, as reported by the Washington Business Journal during the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting last month.

“I think the members are aware that we’ve been pushing a make-it-in-America agenda,” Garamendi told the committee members. “As this bill moves along, we ought to consider writing into it provisions that our constituents’ taxpayer money be spent on American-made goods and services as these projects move forward.” –Washington Business Journal

The General Services Administration “is an independent agency of the United States government… The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees… It contributes to the management of about $500 billion in U.S. federal property, divided chiefly among 8,300 owned and leased buildings and a 210,000 vehicle motor pool” (Wikipedia).

Although the notion is fantastic for those understanding the concerned state of American made products and the boost it would provide to domestic jobs and business, lawmakers in Washington didn’t take much notice to the idea. Except a fellow Californian rep, Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., “who said that kind of policy could backfire by inflating the costs of federal projects. Any measures like it should take that into consideration.”

Is there any hope for balancing a budget with American made products? How about in our own homes? Let us know in the comments section on how you approach buying American made…

California Rep. John Garamendi weighs whether GSA should be made to buy U.S. goods – Washington Business Journal. (n.d.). Retrieved from
General Services Administration – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from

Made in USA Stamp War: US Flags, State Parks

Made in USA StampA recent battle of the Made in USA stamp on all American Flags and merchandise in National Parks Service gift shops.

The Department of Defense has recently made an amendment to purchasing rules, requiring it to only buy “completely American-made flags” (Petrecca, USA Today). Surprisingly, and perhaps not to some, many U.S. flags at military bases have been made in China as of late.

This week’s USA Today article “U.S. flags at military bases must be 100% American-made” stated that:

While the Department of Defense’s major flag vendors are American companies, the flag material — such as ink and fabric — could have come from foreign markets prior to the change.

“Our men (and) women in uniform should serve under American-made flags,” Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said on his Facebook page last week. He proposed the legislation requiring the flags to be 100% American-made. Continue reading…