Now I am not a fan of isolationism or the buy only products “Made in America” philosophy. We are increasingly a global economy, and we better all get used to it and figure out how to live in this new reality. That being said, this e-mail I received today does provide food for thought:
“AIN’T IT THE TRUTH!!?
Joe Smith started the day early, having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6:00 AM.
While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG).
He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE), and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA), he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA), he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY), filled it with gas (FROM SAUDI ARABIA OR VENEZUELA), and continued his search for a good-paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day and after checking his computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL), poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE — France!!), and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in… AMERICA….. “