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  •  It really should be. (1+ / 0-)
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    Domestic Elf

    I know that the "Made in the USA" ideal is now laughable to a lot of upper class liberals, but the reason we're seeing an implosion of the middle class is because too many American companies decided we're not cheap enough to assemble their money makers.  

    What are the core principles of the Democratic Party? Serious Question...

    by Beelzebud on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 08:16:48 AM PST

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    •  absolutely right (1+ / 0-)
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      Dave925

      which led to the housing and credit bubbles, and the whole house of cards falling in 2008.  

      In "The End of Poverty" Jeffrey Sachs decries protectionism, stating that the world economy is not a zero-sum enterprise (in order for Chinese or Indian workers to win, American workers have to lose).  I'm not about to argue with Jeffrey Sachs for Heaven's sake.  But, I can't see the logic of making Hanes T-shirts in Thailand and shipping them here, when the folks in Winston-Salem, NC who used to make them are drawing unemployment.  Is it possible that a "little" protectionism is a good thing - like "taking care of your own"?

    •  This is so simplistic it's false. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sparhawk

      but the reason we're seeing an implosion of the middle class is because too many American companies decided we're not cheap enough to assemble their money makers.  

      If they did make them here, then Americans wouldn't buy them because we've been conditioned to pay the lowest price without regard to other considerations.  Hence any maker that does manufacture here, by and large, fail in the marketplace.  American consumers don't leave them much choice.

    •  Only bubbles are "Made in the USA" (0+ / 0-)

      and the kill the entire world economy.

      Do we manufacture anything? Please remind me.

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