It turns out that phrase isn't as simple as it sounds. I think what's most important is that the car you're considering is actually built in the U.S., even if the automaker is based elsewhere. Here's why.
For the first time in America, the number of people out of work exceeds the number of people working in manufacturing. Alliance for American Manufacturing warns that if manufacturing stays gone from the U.S. that the high tech jobs will follow.
In the last few years, pride in American-made goods has been causing a swing back in that direction, making them trendier than ever among the hip and cutting-edge. We can support "Made in America" products even more by giving them as gifts and spreading the word.
I'm a DIYer at heart. I believe that making (and enjoying) beautiful, stylish things should be simple, fun, and affordable. That's why I'm so excited about Martha Stewart's American Made program, a celebration of makers and doers taking place this week in New York City.
We must invest in the American workforce and continue to fund research to stay ahead of our competitors -- and our enemies. The only way America will continue to lead in the aerospace industry is if we continue to stay ahead of our global competitors.
The presidential election is over, but the campaign's number one issue, jobs, lingers on. In today's economy, a huge part of that issue has been the question of how we can return manufacturing jobs to the United States.
Will I cheer for the USA Team in Chinese clothing? Of course I will but it makes a cynical statement about the future of manufacturing in the USA. But, Americans, it's time to take the reins and call in our own financial cavalry. We are losing this competition.
Even if a product is "kinda" made in America, it can still have a major impact on the U.S. economy in terms of growth, innovation and the domestic job creation we so badly need during this phase of our economic recovery.