You know my clothes are made in the US my underclothes from a small US company made in the US, my clothes I wear I largely I make myself and my shoes are yes made in the US in fact moccasins made on a reservation by a leather crafter and flip flops from another local crafter. I use mass transit so can't help that but the buses are made in the US. I at least try to encourage American business as far as I can but to the level I suggested in needs to be far bigger to have the impact.
But my point is pretty clear if you want American manufacturing and bring those jobs back consumer pressure en masse will likely do it. You said there is no clothing and textile industry right now to meet the need but if manufacturers lost all sales in the USA unless those clothes are made HERE they would have two options lose all that money or reopen factories. As for the goods being poorer - prove it. But what other option is there any government action could start a trade dispute and not likely forthcoming.
May I ask do you think it was morale when British subjects didn't by slave made sugar and tea OR the colonists refused to buy British goods? Yes or no. If no then what is so bad with my idea all I'm saying is tap the American people to make up the loss you can make clothes, buy leather crafted goods, fine people able to build computers and restore them. The idea is to do as much economic harm to companies as possible so as to force more companies to come here to make goods if they don't they lose profits likely a good amount.
OK, firstly a load of hi-tec goods literally cannot be made in the USA
. "Finding someone able to build computers and restore them" is.... is not how literally any part of that works. There is a colossal difference between the guy you know who can replace your motherboard and large scale manufacturing. So lets rule that out straight off the bat. You can't have any more complicated electrical goods, at least not for a generation.
Lets put aside the horrific economic catastrophe caused by every single US worker refusing to use their foreign made work computers, Wall Street resorting to the abacus could be quite funny and surely not every
office uses a computer?
Clothes, though. lets return to clothes. You say to "prove it" that clothes will be poorer. I can't tell if you're being facetious there or not. I certainly hope so but just in case:
The cost of an item of clothing is [labour costs]+[raw materials costs]+[profits]. Obviously each of those could be broken down, but those are the main components. Now, Callie has talked about how US textile plants have relocated to Mexico. They didn't do that to practice their Spanish or because they love Tequila, they did it because labour costs are lower. Meaning the total garment price is lower. Manufacturing in the US has higher labour costs. So to keep [labour costs]+[raw materials costs]+[profits] the same then either profits or raw materials need to be cheaper. That decision - the decision of how much profits are made by the company directors - is made by the company directors. Profits won't go down so ba da bing ba da boom. Raw materials costs go down, garments or of lower quality.
Why can't price go up you ask? Because thats a tax on the poorest people in society. Increasing the cost of such necessities as clothing hits people who are already struggling hardest and so won't be allowed to happen. Thrift stores sell clothes that are donated. With clothes being shittier quality, fewer will last until donation for one and for two there simply isn't the infrastructure to clothe America solely through thrift shops. So price remains the same, quality goes down.
A small to price to pay, you might think. Sure, for you. Bangladesh is literally one of the poorest countries in the world, so much so that when the US tried to cut down on clothes made in Bangladeshi sweatshops to protect workers their government intervened to tell them to shut up
. Taking that industry away will cause famine and human misery on an untold scale so that you can feel better about your clothes being made in a highly automated, low staffed factory in the US.
So, eventually, other governments will step in and tell the US to just knock it off. Change the rules about what can have a "Made in the US" sticker. You seem to think that because this isn't a government initiative that foreign governments will not be able to do anything other than wring their hands in despair. I would suggest you haven't really understood anything about the history of the last few hundred years. Hell, you even mention the boycott of British goods by the Aerican colonists. What happened next? Remind me, did the British government say "welp, nothing we can do here?" Only, I seem to remember reading about some sort of war. When Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, did the world at large say "not a government action, nothing to see here" or did World War 1 start. Governments are held responsible for the actions of their citizens all the time. You're starting a trade war. God, look at the Opium Wars in Hong Kong and China.
Your idea is unworkable, would cripple the US unless enough exceptions were made to render the entire idea pointless, would spark a trade war and would destroy industrialising countries. It's not a go, Ruby.