I watch a lot of English Premier League soccer. Confrontations like the one above between Robin Van Persie and Mr. Caldwell are very common. It usually begins when one player thinks he was fouled by the other, and so confronts the alleged offender with lots of chestbumping and tough talk. But in the overwhelming majority of cases, nothing comes of it. The English have a phrase for this sort of interaction: handbags. No punches or headbutts are delivered. Much to do about nothing.
Sadly, it seems to me that there are a lot of handbags when it comes to the Made in America movement as well. Well meaning proponents of buying American trying to convince followers of Friedrick Hayek the errors of their ways when it comes to trade policy seems a great waste of time and energy. Similarly, attempting to convince our elected representatives or worse yet the leaders of the Middle Kingdom that the Chinese currency is being manipulated vis-a-vie the dollar seems like a long shot. Rather than engaging in such futile exercises, I encourage you to take some direct action that will have measurable positive consequences. Just buy something made by Americans!
Don’t like the way China is manipulating its currency? Then don’t buy Chinese made jeans. Buy Pointer Jeans instead. Rather than engaging in a lot of talking that may not have any impact at all, why not engage in the action of supporting the members of our extended American family by simply buying the things that are being produced on our shores? Together we can create demand for American made consumer products and unemployed Americans will be hired to meet that increased demand. I know it’s not a very sophisticated program, but if we all adopted it for at least some of the purchases we make every week, we could have a big impact on the lives of members of our extended American family that wish to work, but simply can’t find a job.
Now get shopping!