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BarbCat
- 169 days ago - thepetitionsite.com
Our men and women in uniform deserve the very best uniforms and equipment and, thanks to the 1941 Berry Amendment, those uniforms must be made in the USA. But a loophole in this amendment excludes athletic footwear and, as a result, the US government spen



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BarbCat SunshineLady (1645)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 7:41 pm
Please sign Cindy M's petition to have servicemen/women's sneakers made in AMERICA instead of overseas!! TYSM!!
 

Krista Tackett (48)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 7:42 pm
ted. It is absolutely ludicrous that uniforms , shoes, and equipment for US soldiers are being made in other countries. Wonder whose brilliant idea that was ?!
 

Natasha Salgado (519)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
#6-thx Barb
 

Jason B. (140)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:28 pm
Thanks, Signed
 

krysta Ice (37)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 9:29 pm
Signed, noted.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:28 pm
Signed and noted. What can I say about this?
 

AniMae Chi (402)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:26 am
AniMae,
you took action on March 14, 2014
 

Lydia w. (172)
Friday March 14, 2014, 5:48 am
Signed .
Thank you
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:15 am
Gladly signed. Thanks Barb.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:24 am
THANK YOUfor signing:
American made sneakers for US servicemen
The only issue is it is hard to find shoes or anything made in the USA anymore. We use to support ourselves by making our own things, now only the CEO's earn the monies at the expense of poorly paid foreign workers.
 

Alexandra G. (221)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:48 am
noted and signed, thanks
 

Mike M. (53)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:48 am
N&S
 

Nancy C. (798)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:25 am
great petition Barb...sh fb
 

Dee C. (214)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:29 am
Dee,
you took action on March 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing this Barb..

Signed & noted..
 

Carla E. (102)
Friday March 14, 2014, 9:40 am
noted and signed!
 

Aaron Bouchard (127)
Friday March 14, 2014, 10:32 am
signed and noted thanks
 

Shirley H. (49)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:10 pm
Aren't "Keds" sneakers made in the USA ?
 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:23 pm
Wow I didn't know they even still made shoes in the USA.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:44 pm
Thanks.
 

Kerstin Strobl (340)
Friday March 14, 2014, 2:20 pm
Signed
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday March 14, 2014, 3:34 pm
Signed
 

Freya H. (304)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:45 pm
And furthermore, made by workers who are paid a living wage - not by prison-provided slave labor!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1645)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:55 pm
So far my signature #76 is the last one. Either no one has signed since I did or this petition has been goofed up somehow. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SIGN!! WE NEED MANY MORE NAMES!!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1645)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:57 pm
I've been promoted to #77!!
 

norma laborie (32)
Friday March 14, 2014, 5:01 pm
signed
 

Cindy Miars (75)
Friday March 14, 2014, 5:40 pm
Barb -Thanks for helping get the word out! - Cindy
 

Ondine J. (134)
Friday March 14, 2014, 6:25 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Barb and Cindy
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:13 pm
signed & noted
 

barb horban (46)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:14 pm
Unacceptaable....noted signed
 

Edith B. (142)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:53 pm
Noted, signed, and shared on FAcebook. The US government should not be paying for any product that is not American made.
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 12:06 am
noted and signed
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 12:09 am
noted and signed
 

Fran away F. (111)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 1:50 am
Noted and signed, # 98. Thanks, Barb, for this important petition.
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 8:00 am
with Pleasure signed, dear Barb!!
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 8:02 am
Grazie, Barb!!
 

Rhonda lawford (4)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 10:26 am
got it, signed it and way to go
 

Greg K. (1)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 1:05 pm
US military is a paper tiger until the imported supplies show up. Then watch out!
 

Shirley B. (5)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 2:48 pm
N&S, TY
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 3:43 pm
signed
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 4:39 pm
Signed #132. Noted. Thanks, Barb.
 

marie Taylor clarke (166)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 7:09 pm
Signed thank you Barb for attracting out attention to this
 

marie Taylor clarke (166)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 7:14 pm
No 157signature we need many many more shared on Twitter and facebook
 

Jaime Cammarata (418)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 10:43 am
Noted, Signed & shared. I have been getting a great response from my Twitter followers; so I shared on my Twitter account also @lil_tigr -- I will get this more attention. Thanks so much.
 

Anette S. (24)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 4:57 pm
done
 

Joan M. (1090)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:04 pm
N & S. Thanks Barb
 

Ismail A. (196)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:06 pm
Noted and Signed, Thank you my friend Ashley for forwarding and BarbKnigh for posting and Cindy Miars for the petition ;)
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:23 pm
Signed. I hate gym shoes but if taxpayers have to pay for footwear for GIs those shoes should be made in America. That's the deal.
 

Krista Slavin (187)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:23 pm
Signed and noted
 

Arielle S. (317)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:28 pm
#221....many thanks!
 

Judy T. (214)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:36 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you, Barb!
 

Sherry B. (52)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:49 pm
S&N #222.
 

Janis K. (98)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:32 pm
Signed and noted
 

Christine Stewart (131)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:37 pm
Signed.
 

SuSanne P. (182)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:40 pm
SUSANNE,
YOU TOOK ACTION ON MAY 27, 2014
you can help by sharing
Thank you Ashley. There's ALWAYS a loophole. It is very difficult to purchase many items MADE IN USA as Dandelion mentioned. The prices are tripled quite often as we cannot compete with the slave labor, inferiority quality that WE are responsible for. I am passionate about this and do with less, as I would say I purchase at least 75% MADE IN USA. I would purchase only American products if that were possible.!
 

AwayPlzNoMail V. (171)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:59 pm
S&N, Thanks
 

AwayNoMailPlze V. (170)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:03 pm
Signed &Noted, Thank you
 

Jude Hand (59)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:16 pm
Noted, shared, tweeted, tumblrd (oh, yeah, and signed with comment). I've also asked a veteran if she could share this with friends in the American Legion....we'll see where it goes from there. Congrats to all of you gals working together on this one - brava!!!
 

Mary R. (253)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:40 pm
Noted and signed
 

Ana MESNER (187)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:54 pm
Noted, Signed - thank you.
 

Ashley heffner (453)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 8:31 pm
Thanks guys for helping out ^_^ Please spread the word, if you want.
 

Mary T. (291)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 8:32 pm
Thank you Barb and Ashley for forwarding - signed, noted & shared
 

Julie C. (18)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 8:32 pm
Signed.
 

Roberto M. (56)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 8:33 pm
Noted and signed
 

Allen O. (180)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 8:38 pm
Signed and noted - Thanks Cindy, Barb and Ashley
 

Bruce C D. (60)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 9:12 pm
Not to be contrarian, but I didn't sign or note. I'm sure everyone here means well, and I'd like to see the jobs created in America, but I think our service personnel would like to be able to buy those athletic shoes that they're comfortable wearing, which may not be available from U.S. manufacturers. So this isn't really being done for our troops, who wouldn't want their choices limited.

The second thing about this is, why are we paying for their tennis shoes in the first place? I don't think this is the case, but if they can't afford tennis shoes, then we need to increase their salaries instead of handing out vouchers. If we paid them that extra money, they would be free to purchase whatever kind of footwear they wanted, anyway.

The third thing about this is that way too much of our tax dollars are being spent on the military, and there is no need for it. We face no great threats, and, no, al Qaeda has no air force, navy, mechanized divisions, cruise missiles, or even any army to speak of. You wouldn't use a shotgun to rid your house of flies, and we don't need an oversized military to deal with terrorists, either. Just like the shotgun, it's counterproductive.
 

Elisa F. (234)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 9:14 pm
#243 N&S. Thanks, Ashley.
 

Bruce C D. (60)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 9:24 pm
Just to further elaborate, I think U.S. flags and the uniforms of military personnel should be manufactured in the U.S. What they wear when they are not in uniform should not be dictated by others. All of us, including those in the military, should voluntarily strive to buy American-made goods. But if you wouldn't want your choices of what clothing or footwear you can legally buy limited by others, then you shouldn't favor restricting the buying choices of others. Those in the military already make many sacrifices for their country and have restrictions placed upon them those in the civilian sector never have to face. Do we really want to add to that burden?
 

Susan Allen (221)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 9:27 pm
Noted, signed and shared.
 

Artur Bodenmueller (103)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 9:40 pm
Gemacht
 

cathie S. (153)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 10:08 pm
done thanks
 

Frances Darcy (218)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:58 am
done
 

Heidi Walderra (135)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 1:11 am
Signed and noted
 

Tina F. (97)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 1:15 am
Signed and noted!
 

. (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:04 am
Done! #263
 

John Holton (359)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:13 am
Done

 

Ruth L. (296)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:19 am
#265 Thanks Barb, Cindy and Ashley for the forward
 

john byrne (52)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:38 am


America needs to smell the Coffee.
Shop Local it benefits everyone
 

A F. (130)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:39 am
done thanks
 

Sylvie A. (135)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:40 am
Signée, merci.
 

Nils Anders Lunde (544)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:44 am
N&S
 

Rhonda B. (106)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:07 am
Signed & Noted. Thank you.
 

Arild Warud (163)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:15 am
Signed.
 

Victoria Pohrebna (269)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:23 am
Victoria, you took action on May 28, 2014.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:29 am
Done.
 

Jinny L. (66)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 4:52 am
Action completed. Thank you Barb for posting, Cindy M for the petition and Ashley H. for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 5:14 am
signed & noted
 

Jeaneen A. (125)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 5:32 am
S+N They are our boys and girls and deserve to wear all American Clothes and Shoes.
 

KAREN G. (232)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:37 am
S&N
 

Demy Lohan (46)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:38 am
signed, thanks!
 

Winn Adams (191)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:47 am
Signed!
 

Winn Adams (191)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:48 am
Signed 3/14/14
 

Gabriela Baldaia (96)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:57 am
Signed. Thank you !
 

Betty K. (284)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:58 am
They should have the best that America can make!
 

Tanya W. (46)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:10 am
Noted and signed. Keep it local...alternative - China... No thanks!!!
 

Terrie Williams (769)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:32 am
#295 9:31 am May 28 Terrie Williams TX SSN
 

Marianne R. (101)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:39 am
noted and signed, thanks
 

Sandra S. (121)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:44 am
signed,x
 

Sandi C. (242)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:52 am
N & S
 

Jeannet AWAY (117)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 8:06 am
N+S thanks
 

Michela m. (3887)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 8:07 am
Michela,
you took action on March 13, 2014
 

Brad Hunter (25)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 8:14 am
thanks
 

daryl bishop (303)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:12 am
signed and noted. it reminds me of our olympic team wearing their uniforms that were made in china. that was changed. i think our vets deserve anything we can give them
 

Teresa B. (49)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:37 am
Signed and noted. Bruce C D brings up some valid points, but the sneakers are part of the official PT uniform. Until recently, sneakers weren't even permissible at all PT and troops were required to wear combat boots (yes, even for volley-ball and things of that nature).
 

Elena J. (185)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:42 am
S&N
 

Bojan Kunstelj (22)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 10:09 am
ns
 

Dawn Mason (107)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 10:35 am
Done.
 

Barry T. (846)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 10:40 am
noted, signed & shared (FB) - thanks much!
 

l.r perry (40)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 11:06 am
Done!!
 

MaicaSUMMERVACA B. (94)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 11:25 am
thx
 

Lisa Neste (695)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 11:33 am
THANK YOU
for signing:
American made sneakers for US serviceme
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 11:45 am
"Every cent home"
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:20 pm
Signed and noted with thanks to Ashley for frowarding from Cindy and Barb.
The manufacturing business's that were so important are all but gone. This is what free/fair trade has done to a country once considered in making the best. I am Canadian, and when younger, loved to be able to get made in USA goods. The only thing that is being saved on is cheap labour, the materials and other goods have to be shipped over (cost) and shipped back, and distributed (cost). So we are only saving on the labour of people not even paid enough to have a roof over their heads????????????
 

Mary Flavin (180)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:25 pm
Signed & noted.
 

Carol D. (109)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:34 pm
Everything now is made in China or Taiwan isnt it Are nt there any capable people in the West anymore yes capable but not slave or cheap labour

signed & Noted
 

Sarah Addis (32)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:35 pm
All done x
 

Bruce C D. (60)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:50 pm
@Theresa B--
What they wear during PT isn't really uniform if they can buy whatever sneakers they want--even if they were limited to American-made. As it stands, our troops can be wearing various brands of sneakers in various models and/or colors. How is that uniform?

In fact, the DOD does not consider them such: “Because athletic shoes are not uniform items,” the Berry Amendment does not apply. As such, the flexibility in the current law already meets the needs of the services and allows them discretion to prescribe a cash allowance to be paid to a member if athletic footwear is not furnished.”

Another thing about this is that until just this year, no American manufacturers of athletic shoes were able to meet the required standards.

"The simple idea behind the amendment and the act is to preserve U.S. industry. But occasions do arise when the required goods do not exist. Incredibly, two years ago the Defense Logistics Agency, which does all the buying for the DOD, issued a memo asking for Berry-compliant athletic shoe manufacturers to come forward with their products. None could meet the criteria.

In January, the DLA asked again, and this time four companies came forward with 100 percent "Made in America” products. Along with Wolverine and New Balance, the lesser-known Danner and Lacrosse companies have put forward their own products. However, the DLA, with urging from the DOD, said that just because a product is available, it doesn't mean it would buy it. The reason, according to the DOD, is athletic shoes do not count as uniform."

The argument first advanced by those standing to benefit is that the vouchers are using appropriated money, but the military provides other allowances to service members that do not fall under the act, so it isn't clear how valid that argument is.

At any rate, I think this petition provides too little information on the issue and is going about things the wrong way. It might make sense for our armed forces to buy athletic shoes 100% U.S. manufactured in bulk contract for their members, if saving money while providing uniformity. Rather than vouchers for retail purchases, make athletic shoes a provided item as part of their uniform, which can be replaced at no charge at specified intervals or as needed. In this way, athletic shoes would clearly fall under the Berry Act, benefiting American workers and companies while hopefully saving taxpayer dollars. This would probably also face less opposition from armed service members.

But I also think that where it doesn't make sense for government agencies to buy American, they are allowed the required flexibility to do what is in our own best interests. If the money saved from buying elsewhere would instead be creating a stronger economy and more jobs in other sectors for us, than we would be shooting ourselves in the foot by insisting on adherence to a rigid rule.
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (159)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:55 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks Barb.
 

Gabriela V. (163)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 1:35 pm
done
 

Alan Lambert (90)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 1:36 pm
Signed and Noted
 

Bruce C D. (60)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 1:39 pm
Upon further research, it has been discovered that this petition is obsolete and no longer needed, as the DOD has already directed a month ago that the vouchers will only be able to be used to buy a product made entirely in the U.S.:

Rule Mandates Recruits Buy USA-Made Athletic Shoes

by Bryant Jordan on April 29, 2014


The Pentagon has issued a new rule that will require recruits arriving at basic training to use an $80 cash allowance for running shoes to buy only a product made entirely in the United States.

The new rule puts the Defense Department squarely in line with the so-called “Berry Amendment” mandating the department buy U.S.-manufactured goods and products whenever possible. The law has been around since 1941 and was passed to provide protections to U.S. manufacturing, but was beefed up in 2006 to ensure that DoD funds were not used to buy a broad range of products unless they are entirely made in the U.S.

By then, the number of U.S. companies making athletic shoes in the U.S. was down to one, New Balance, which is headquartered in Maine. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, provided the Pentagon with prototypes and design plans for “Berry Amendment-compliant” athletic shoes in December, according to an April 25 letter from Acting Secretary of Defense Christine Fox to Michaud.

Fox told Michaud in the letter that, currently, “no footwear manufacturer sells Berry Amendment-complaint athletic shoes” but that several have the capability to do so.

Michaud called the new Pentagon rule “a tremendous victory for American manufacturers.”

“It only makes sense that we equip our country’s bravest men and women with products made by some of our country’s hardest working manufacturers,” he said.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he was pleased the Pentagon’s decision, which he said complies with Congressional intent and is what the American people want.

“If we can provide U.S.-made athletic shoes to our troops – and I believe we can – we should do so,” Levin said.

Navy Times reported that Marine Corps will not be affected by the new rule because it does not provide a one-time allowance specifically for footwear, but a general clothing allowance.

Fox said in her letter to Michaud that athletic shoes meeting the law will become available only after being tested to ensure they meet the recruits’ needs. Until Berry Amendment-compliant shoes are available, recruits will be able to buy any brand that meets their needs, she wrote.

“If, for a given shoe type category, no Berry Amendment-compliant option exists in the commercial marketplace, other shoe models appropriate to recruits’ requirement will continue to be made available,” Fox told Michaud.

Of course there are questions of just how “Made-in-America” New Balance shoes really are. Last year, only a quarter of the New Balance shoes sold in the U.S. were produced in America according to a company website. This is considerably higher than competitors, but it still leaves the question of whether New Balance does meet the requirement.

[NOTE: Wolverine shoe manufacturer, a potential contender for the athletic shoe market, and their wholly-owned subsidiary Bates, which supplies boots to the military, are both headquartered in Sen. Carl Levine's state of Michigan.]
Pentagon Rule Mandates Recruits Buy USA-made Athletic Shoes
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
Point well taken Bruce.
 

Barbara F. (69)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:14 pm
SIGNED AND NOTED, TY GLORIA
 

. (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:29 pm
signed
 

Joy T. (237)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:42 pm
Signed.
 

Kamia T. (66)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:53 pm
Noted and signed. The reason the law was originally enacted was a recognition that if any other country had a vested interest in destroying any part of the U.S., it would be by undermining the military with dangerous or sub-standard equipment. That still holds true today, and why should tax dollars get sent overseas?
 

Val R. (239)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:25 pm
N & S
 

B Lewenza (76)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:55 pm
Noted and signed This really don't make sense to be paying 15 million and not have the contract within the United States where there are so many out of work. Where is the foot wear being made in toxic China?
 

Val M. (77)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:25 pm
N&S&sh. "we've got 342 signatures, help us get to 1,000."
 

Teresa B. (49)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 7:32 pm
Bruce, thanks for that updated info. I had read about some of the changes on other military sites, but didn't know it was made into regulation now.

In yet another waste of taxpayer money, the Army has adopted a new camo pattern .... one they had about 25 yrs. ago.
 

Teresa B. (49)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 8:05 pm
Here's the link from Military.com, pretty much the same as Bruce's.

http://kitup.military.com/2014/04/rule-mandates-recruits-buy-usa.html
 

Charlie Rush (53)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 8:14 pm
What a novel idea.
 

Joy T. (237)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 3:53 am
Already signed.
 

Ellen J. (89)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 4:39 am
Noted, shared, & signed. Thanks.
 

margaretha bolhuis (11)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 5:07 am
weet hier niet veel vanaf, maar ik zou de werkeloosheid in america op lossen door in america zef het te laten maken,hebben ook weer mensen werk,alles gaat maar na het buiten land terwijl het land zelf zoveel werklozen heeft,
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 6:18 am
The corporations actually for the most part own the military.

singed and noted.
 

Bruce C D. (60)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 7:34 am
@Kamia T.--
I think that is a valid argument up to a point. Generally, equipment critical to combat that isn't produced by us or our close allies could make us vulnerable. But sneakers aren't critical to combat duties. Moreover, it is doubtful we would be outsourcing anything critical to combat to any country with a vested interest in destroying the U.S., anyway. Additionally, there are usually strict quality controls in place for procurement, and few companies and governments would be likely to risk undermining themselves by losing lucrative sales contracts with our government. Many other governments around the world get much of their military equipment from other nations, and they do just fine, so it can be done.

That said, I do think it makes sense for nations to generally be as self-reliant as much as possible, and not just in supplying their security needs. However, I also think global trade helps make us all interdependent, which can decrease the chances for major armed conflicts. This may seem contradictory, but perhaps the best solution is a healthy balance, which can benefit everyone. Where it makes sense to be more self-sufficient and keep jobs by buying domestically, that's what is done. In those cases where it makes more sense to procure goods elsewhere, than an exception could be made. As long as all factors considered in, both the overall and long-term picture, I wouldn't have a problem with that.

As it is, I think too much of our manufacturing has been shifted overseas, and I think that has hurt us. Much of that is driven by consumers, who aren't always willing or able to pay more for supporting domestically produced goods. So, to some degree, we have ourselves to blame. Trade agreements that favor corporations over citizens and consumers are another contributing cause, as is inequities in beneficial regulations and worker pay.
 

paula D. (70)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 5:40 pm
S & N thank you!
 

Dave C. (214)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 5:57 pm
done, I'll pay a little extra in taxes if needed.....
 

Alexandra Ekdahl (51)
Friday May 30, 2014, 12:17 am
noted
 

Bojan Kunstelj (22)
Friday May 30, 2014, 4:52 am
sns
 

James N. (24)
Friday May 30, 2014, 8:41 am
s&n. thanks
 

Ruth M. (252)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:33 am
Done thanks Ondine
 

Trina Hawkins (24)
Friday May 30, 2014, 12:18 pm
Noted and signed!
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (261)
Friday May 30, 2014, 1:56 pm
signed
I'd pay more for American made
 

Bruce C D. (60)
Friday May 30, 2014, 6:48 pm
It's pretty funny, but also kind of sad, how people keep signing a petition that was obsolete over a month ago, even after it was clearly pointed out.

Why isn't the petition author or the person who submitted this story promoting the petition keeping track of what they started? I mean, it seems if they really cared about the issue, they would be monitoring the situation, and they would do the responsible thing by removing them, or at least posting updates to this story and the petition so they aren't wasting more people's time.
 

Teresa B. (49)
Friday May 30, 2014, 7:13 pm
I agree with Bruce. This is ALREADY a regulation. The petition is moot now and will be disregarded if it is ever sent on to anyone in authority. At the most, the author will get an email reply stating that.
 

Connie Palladini (89)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 5:20 pm
Signed & noted!!!
 

kate k g (471)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:19 am
N&S thank you sweet Barb
 
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