Friday, December 5, 2014

Made In the USA

This is a nice idea. A website that compiles products and companies that make things in the United States. If there's something I can use and the price is not completely outrageous, I would buy it made in the USA.

I see two problems with the site. The first is that it needs to exist at all.

The second is that it's sort of a "well, bless your heart, isn't that cute?" sort of thing. Want a drill, a grinder, a television, a telephone? Not the sort of thing the United States makes anymore. Here's the link to the Tools and Automotive section and there's exactly two items in the electronics section, neither of which is a computer, cellphone, or radio.

Is that all? Because if it is, then let's keep dancing, let's break out the booze...


B said...

Og and I have been doing that for a while.

tsquared said...

Germany has the "made in Germany" mentality. Common things are more expensive there but if you notice that Germany is financially outproducing every other European country.

I will buy "made in America" products when I can find them but it difficult to find anything that is not made in China. Keeping money in the local economy used to be called the "multiplier effect" back when I was in college. In the late 70's/early 80's the multiplier effect for $100 spent netted about $1200 in reciprocal salaries and local purchases. I doubt it is a 1:1 ratio now with all of the Chinese/Asian and south of the border products.

The US has too much money that is flowing out of the US. We used to be the leader in technology development and production. Unionization of workers have driven the wages too high to economically produce the high tech gizmos that people want. NASA had a rocket that launched successfully in the past day or so. The previous rocket launch blew up on the launch - that hasn't happened in decades. We do not have the "smart" minds that we used to have when I was a child 50 years ago.

We have also dropped the level of education where teachers are now teaching the entire class to lowest common denominator instead of median knowledge level. My children as High School graduates spent 2 or more years in college to get to the education level I graduated with in high school (and both my kids were in the Honors program at a "better" school system). My daughter is waiting acceptance in a doctoral program with a focus in Genetic Cancer research- she exceeds the entry criteria but as a white, female she has been unofficially told that she has a 50/50 chance of getting in the program because 70% of those accepted must be foreign students or of an ethnic background. This is BS. We need to take quotas off the table in our higher education and base the applicants on their knowledge and skills, not the color of their skin.

Unknown said...

Two points:
I've seen the same thing with Ethanol-free gas station listings -- I've seen stations that aren't on the list because no-one has submitted them. Having the list is nice, having enough input to the list so that it reaches near comprehensiveness is much harder.

California recently sued a company for advertising "made in America" when some inconsequential part of the made-in-America item turned out to be imported. This has made lots of people gun-shy on such claims, because they just want to make and sell stuff, not audit the suppliers of their suppliers to make sure than every bolt comes from a US foundry using steel forged in the USA from USA ore.