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  •  Who knows? (1+ / 0-)
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    winchelenator

    Apart from the house, which clearly is USA made :), I don't know and mostly I don't care where the goods I purchase come from.

    I grew up in India when the slogan "Be Indian, Buy Indian" came printed on every text book, literally. Then came of age during the 90s, at the beginning of which decade a severe balance of payments crisis forced the Indian government to open up the economy, reduce tariffs and remove barriers to entry that existed for local business (we called it the license raj). So when people say "Buy American", I remember two things: the squalor and poverty of a protectionist India, and the progress and new riches of an open economy.

    I know which one I prefer ...

    •  I am all for open and... (1+ / 0-)
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      cacophonix

      ..transparent economy, but when it comes down to it it really isn't that. Take for instance most of the clothes that we buy are made in offshore sweat shops (Marianas for example). This isn't fair to the worker, because the consumer pays the market value, regardless of where it's made (supply and demand) In a truly vibrant world economy, it should be fair and equal, across the board. Equal pay for Equal work.

      Geese are but Geese tho' we may think 'em Swans; and Truth will be Truth tho' it sometimes prove mortifying and distasteful. Benjamin Franklin

      by winchelenator on Fri Feb 06, 2009 at 10:14:42 AM PST

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        I completely support restrictions on free trade to make it 'fair', both in terms of working conditions and environmental protections.

        What I don't support is an artificial restriction such as legislation to "buy american" even if the overseas product was made fairly. That to me crosses the line.

        •  We would all most surely die in.. (1+ / 0-)
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          ..poverty and dishevelment, if we were forced to buy only "American"

          Geese are but Geese tho' we may think 'em Swans; and Truth will be Truth tho' it sometimes prove mortifying and distasteful. Benjamin Franklin

          by winchelenator on Fri Feb 06, 2009 at 11:22:49 AM PST

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