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    Made in the USA Reports


    Vol. 29 No. 9 © Made in the USA Foundation—September, 2017

    Reaching Across the Aisle

    Made in the USA issues have broad support in both the Democratic and Republic parties. The President and Congress have an opportunity to reach across the aisle to create jobs, reform taxes and improve the healthcare for all Americans. The Made in the USA Foundations supports single-payer healthcare because it will create jobs and make the U.S. economy more competitive. We also support a Manufacturing Tax of Zero that will bring manufacturing back from overseas.

    Tax Reform that is Equitable and Encourages Manufacturing

    Our income tax system is a bloated, complicated mess. With lower corporate tax rates, our trading partners are eating our lunch and taking away our jobs.

    President Trump has called for cutting the corporate tax to 15 percent across the board. This massive tax cut for corporations will decimate revenues and is not necessary to keep U.S. firms from moving offshore. Further, it is not fair to have corporations pay a lower rate than individuals. Many small businesses are not incorporated and pay tax at the individual tax rate. If corporations are people as the Supreme Court has ruled, and entitled to constitutional rights, they should not be treated better than humans.

    Most of our pharmaceutical manufacturers, including Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, have set up shop in Ireland to avoid paying U.S. taxes. This is solely because Ireland charges a corporate tax rate of only 12.5 percent. European countries have an average corporate income tax of 23 percent. If we cut taxes for manufacturers, these companies will come back home.

    Basic Tax Principles

    In order to get bipartisan support for tax reform, the new taxes must be equitable and meet the following principles:

    1. Individuals should not pay a higher rate than corporations;
    2. S. corporations should not have incentives to move abroad;
    3. Overseas funds held by U.S. companies should be brought home; and
    4. Manufacturing in the USA should be encouraged.

    I propose a 28 percent corporate tax rate, with a zero percent tax rate for manufacturing companies, and a onetime amnesty rate to repatriate earnings held offshore at a 14 percent rate. U.S. corporations are sitting on trillions of U.S. dollars held in offshore accounts. I also propose a top personal income tax rate of the same 28 percent: individuals should not pay a higher rate than corporations.


    According to Bloomberg News, Microsoft, Apple, Google and five other tech firms now account for more than one-fifth of the $2.2 trillion in profits that U.S. companies are holding overseas. Under my tax proposal, companies could bring home this $2.2 trillion pie, invest this money in new factories and businesses, and the U.S. Treasury would reap a $300 billion bonus.


    Real Corporate Tax Rate


    In 2010, the last time the Government Accountability Office measured the real corporate tax rate, U.S. companies paid an average effective federal tax rate of 12.6 percent. That rate compares with the nominal corporate federal tax rate of 35 percent. Corporate tax accountants appear to have done their jobs well in exploiting the loopholes in our current tax code. Amazingly, General Electric, despite billions of dollars in profits, is noteworthy for rarely paying any income tax at all.


    Corporations now evade U.S. taxes by issuing executive stock options, using the oil depletion allowance, in addition to taking advantage of capital gains rates and other loopholes. Many of Silicon Valley’s newest star companies are able to shelter a large portion of their profits as a result of using executive stock options.


    Citizens for Tax Justice estimated a dozen technology companies, including Amazon, Twitter, LinkedIn and Priceline, “stand to eliminate all income taxes on the next $11.4 billion they earn, giving these companies $4 billion in tax cuts.” Amazon’s combined federal and state effective tax rate was just 9.4 percent. Without this ridiculous stock option tax break, the combined tax rate would have been 40.4 percent.


    Overall, the corporate taxes now contribute only about 10 percent of total federal revenues. Under my proposal, corporations would pay more money to the federal treasury and thus create more jobs. On total federal tax revenues of $3 trillion a year, corporations now contribute only about $300 billion, only one-tenth of total revenues. Individual citizens currently pay the bulk of federal tax revenues.


    If we lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent and eliminate all loopholes (no investment tax credits, no oil depletion allowance, etc.,) we can institute a tax on manufacturers of zero percent. This would be based on the amount of U.S. content in the products manufactured. This zero tax rate would apply only to products made with 100 percent U.S. content. For example, if a manufacturer assembles a product in the United States with 50 percent U.S. content, the manufacturer would pay an income tax of 50 percent of the 28 percent rate, or 14 percent. However, if the manufacturer has 100 percent U.S. content, its tax rate would be zero.

    Eliminate Loopholes and Target Incentives

    Manufacturing is the primary area where the United States has lost jobs over the past twenty years. Manufacturing also creates more jobs than other businesses because it creates jobs with suppliers and service providers necessary to support the manufacturing process, as well as buildings and equipment necessary to manufacture products.

    If we lower the corporate tax rate to 28% and eliminate all loopholes (no investment tax credits, no oil depletion allowance, etc.,) we can institute a tax on manufacturers of zero (0%) percent. This would be based on the amount of U.S. content in the products manufactured.

    This new manufacturing tax rate would serve to incentivize manufacturers to make their items here in the United States. It would help to create millions of jobs in the USA by bringing manufacturing back to New York, Chicago, California, Ohio, Michigan and every other state.  It will also raise wages in the U.S.A. and grow the economy.

    Why President Trump Should Support Single-Payer Health Insurance


    General Motors covers more than 1.1 million employees and retirees with health insurance. GM executives note that it spends about $5 billion on healthcare expenses annually. Healthcare costs add between $1,500 and $2,000 to the sticker price of every automobile and truck that GM manufactures. www.roadandtrack.com/…/a9590/pension-costs-drive-gms-discount-prices. The Cato Institute found that GM paid $1,500 more per vehicle for health insurance than Toyota. https://www.cato.org/…/commentary/gms-woes-are-homemade-not-imported.

    Chrysler claims a health care cost of $1,400 per vehicle. Ford says its health insurance burden is $1,100 per vehicle.


    Medicare for All Will Make U.S. More Competitive


    Workers at Mercedes, BMW and Audi plants in Germany have health insurance paid for by the German government. This puts Germany at a cost advantage. Similarly, Japan pays for Lexus, Toyota and Nissan workers’ health insurance.


    In Canada, the provincial governments pay for health coverage for all of their citizens. Chevys, Fords, Hondas and Chryslers made in Canada have an unfair trade advantage because of government-funded healthcare. Did you know that Canada manufacturers more vehicles per capita than the United States? The reason for this is government-paid health care.


    The current Affordable Care Act does not help U.S. competitiveness. Universal health insurance paid for by the federal government would make U.S. manufacturers more competitive.


    Costs and Savings


    Professor Gerald Friedman found that “Medicare for All” would cover everyone, save billions in its first year. “The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act How We Can Afford a National Single-Payer Health Plan, www/pnhp.org/site/default/files/Funding H.R. 676_Friedman_7.31.13_proofed.pdf.

    He found that a Canadian-style, single-payer health plan would reap huge savings from reduced paperwork and from negotiated drug prices, enough to pay for quality coverage for all–at less cost to families and businesses. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that a majority of the public (53 percent) now favors a single-payer health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan, while just over four in ten (43 percent) are opposed. www.kff/polling/ Data Note: Modestly Strong but Malleable Support for Single-Payer Health Care.


    Upgrading the nation’s Medicare program and expanding it to cover people of all ages would yield more than a half-trillion dollars in efficiency savings in its first year of operation, enough to pay for high-quality, comprehensive health benefits for all residents of the United States at a lower cost to most individuals, families and businesses. That’s the chief finding of a new fiscal study by Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Prof. Friedman said the savings would come from slashing the administrative waste associated with today’s private health insurance industry ($476 billion) and using the new, public system’s bargaining muscle to negotiate pharmaceutical drug prices down to European levels ($116 billion).


    “These savings would be more than enough to fund $343 billion in improvements to our health system, including the achievement of truly universal coverage, improved benefits, and the elimination of premiums, co-payments and deductibles, which are major barriers to people seeking care,” Friedman said.


    The Senate Bill


    Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2017, has 16 co-sponsors (Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)) in the Senate. The bill would be more than enough to cover all 44 million people the government estimated were uninsured in that year and to upgrade benefits for everyone else.


    If Taiwan Can Do It, So Can the U.S.A.


    Until recently, Taiwan was a third-world country. Now it has universal health care. Universal health care is a signification sign of a first-world economy. Tsung-Mei Chang, MA, Health Policy Research Analyst, testified before Congress recently. He noted that a main characteristic of the single-payer system in Taiwan is equality in health care. Health care is not tied to a job. Also testifying on Taiwan’s system was Ching-Chuan Yeh, former Minister of Health for Taiwan. He said this program has improved health care for low and middle-income people and lowered the country’s administrative costs.


    The United States should have a medical insurance system that is at least as good as that in Taiwan. The United States is the only first-world country without universal health coverage. We should have a medical insurance system comparable to that of Canada, France and Germany.

    Made in the USA Reports August 2017

    Unintended Consequences of Trade with China

    By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

    What happens to the hundreds of billions of dollars that we send to China for consumer products, furniture, apparel, shoes and other stuff? Those billions of dollars are coming back to haunt our housing markets making it more and more difficult for middle income buyers to buy homes in California, Texas, Seattle, New York and other locations.

    Foreign buyers purchased on $153 billion worth of U.S. residential properties for the 12 months ended in March, 2017. That is a massive 49 percent jump from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. Foreign purchases of U.S. residential real estate surged to the highest level ever in terms of number of homes sold and dollar volume.

    Most economists (not me and a few other progressive economists) have contended that American consumers should enjoy cheap Chinese furniture, rugs, electronics and clothing even if it is illegally dumped in the U.S.  They argue that we are getting a bargain.  But the side effects, the unintended consequences of this practice, is undermining home ownership in America.  We will have all this cheap Chinese stuff and have no home to put it in.


    Florida, Texas, California and New York drew the most international buyers. Foreign sales accounted for 10 percent of all existing home sales by dollar volume. In total, foreign buyers purchased 284,455 homes, up 32 percent from the previous year. Half of all foreign sales were in just three states: Florida, California and Texas.


    Exacerbating Income Inequality


    Middle class home ownership has been the backbone of the American economy and the American dream for generations. The massive influx of foreign dollars is threatening our way of life. Home ownership is down significantly for the first time in American history. In some communities, home ownership has dipped below 50%.


    Only 48.3 percent of households in Los Angeles and Orange counties lived in a home they own in the second quarter of 2017, the second lowest homeownership rate in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau data released recently shows Fresno, California at 44.5 percent, having the lowest ownership among the 75 largest metropolitan areas. The New York metro area was third at 49.8 percent.


    Housing analyst Logan Mohtashami isn’t surprised by low local ownership. He estimates that 82 percent of the working-class people in Southern California can’t afford to buy a home in their own ZIP code.


    California’s statewide ownership fell to 53.8 percent rate, down from 55.1 percent at the start of 2017. It was fourth-worst in the second quarter behind Washington, D.C. (39.2 percent); New York (50.7 percent); and Hawaii (53.7 percent).


    Jim Conlan, a real estate broker with Century 21 North Homes Realty in Seattle, says the real catalyst for the dramatic upswing can be found in China. “To be honest, Chinese buyers have been flooding this market the past few years,” says Conlan, who has been selling homes in Seattle for more than 30 years. “Some of them buy homes sight unseen, while others travel here for a kind of real estate tourism and buy real estate after only one viewing.”


    For the fourth year in a row, buyers from China ranked first among foreign nationals purchasing property in the United States, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). U.S. home sales to Chinese nationals totaled $27.3 billion — exceeding the total dollar sales figure of the next four countries in the rankings combined. According to Robert Gombos, owner of the well-respected Jasmine Directory, a human-edited catalogue that lists businesses topically and regionally, Chinese real estate related businesses in the U.S. and Britain grew by 37.4 percent since 2013. (www.jasminedirectory.com).


    Chinese investment in U.S. real estate could hit $50 billion by 2025, according to a report by the Rosen Consulting Group and the Asia Society. In San Francisco Bay-area locations, home prices have risen by double digits in the past three years, while the number of buyers from China has nearly doubled since 2012, says Penelope Huang, a broker with Re/Max Distinctive Properties. The increased demand is making the area one of the toughest for younger buyers, she says. “Listings are snapped up in a week or sometimes less in this market,” she says. “That kind of pace of sales directly affects first-time buyers.”


    In New York City, Chinese investors are increasingly gobbling up property. In middle-class areas of Brooklyn and Queens, the number of Chinese buyers has nearly doubled since 2012, estimates Jennifer Hsu, a broker with Halstead Property in Queens. “They’re now competing with buyers at the middle of this market,” she says, “and that added competition is making life tougher for people looking to buy their first home.”


    The average home price for Chinese buyers in 2015 was $831,800, compared with $499,600 for all other international buyers, the study from Rosen Consulting Group shows. Mark McLaughlin, chief executive of San Francisco-based Pacific Union said that his brokerage firm spends about $400,000 annually on marketing in China, including having a Chinese-language website and advertising in Asian papers. McLaughlin estimates that buyers from China account for 15 to 20 percent of the San Francisco real estate market.


    What Congress Can Do

    While Americans can buy condominiums in China, the Chinese government owns all urban land. Condo owners in China pay a land lease to their communist landlord.


    In order to halt the decline of American homeownership, we should ban all foreign ownership of residential property. Norway and Australia ban the foreign ownership of residential property by non-residents.


    Zoe Williams, a well-known columnist for the Guardian, proposed that Britain ban the ownership of residential property by non-resident foreigners. The Guardian is one of the few national British newspapers.


    The United States should at least ban the ownership of residential properties by foreign non-residents. I would take it one step further and ban the ownership of residential property by all non-Americans, resident or not.

    Made in the USA Reports

    Vol. 29, No. 7

    Trump Administration Fails to Buy American

    by Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

    Despite all the press releases and hype, the Trump Administration has utterly failed to buy more American-made products. The military exchanges, the Army Air Force Exchange Service and the Naval Exchange Command, continues to buy the same old imports. About ninety percent of their sales are imports, including their in-house brands.

    These military exchanges sell more than $13 billion worth of apparel, toys, sporting goods and other products. AAFES has 2,500 stores. NEXCOM has 300 stores.

    AAFES is the oldest and the largest of the Department of Defense’s exchange stores. AAFES operates department stores, convenience stores, restaurants, movie theaters and an Internet shopping site to serve soldiers, airmen and their families. In addition to stores in the United States, AAFES has stores on U.S. bases in Belgium, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Korea and Japan.   AAFES also operates stores for U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in the region.

    If these military exchanges would buy mostly American-made products we could create 200,000 jobs in the United States. The President also could have set an example, after his election, by sourcing all of his Trump brand suits, shirts and ties in the United States. Ivanka Trump, now a White House aide, could do the same.    All of her clothing is made in China, Vietnam and other countries. She could have it made domestically, in Los Angeles, New York or the Carolinas.

    Emails and phone calls to the CEOs of AAFES and NEXCOM have not been successful, even with citations to Trump’s official executive orders directing that the Department of Defense buy American-products. One AAFES buyer said, “If we buy American-made we would have to cut out our current suppliers.” Our reply, “That’s the point. We want to create jobs in the United States.”

    Military buyers like the benefits bestowed upon them by importers. The Pentagon disclosed that foreign manufacturers of retail goods paid for more than 500 trips, at a cost of about $470,000 for these buyers in one recent year. Their targets included buyers at on-base retail outlets. Among the sponsors: Nike, Skechers, Mattel, and Sony. The Pentagon reported that Nike paid more than $80,000 for U.S. Navy apparel buyers and merchandise managers to take nearly 100 trips. Toy-maker Mattel paid nearly $30,000 for Navy merchandise buyers to take 26 trips, most to view new product lines at the company headquarters in El Segundo, California. Skechers, the shoe company, paid about $17,000 for about 25 trips, and Sony paid about $15,000 for just under 20 trips.


    According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) the clothing sold at these U.S. government-owned stores, including AAFES in-house brands Royal Manor, Ponytails and Passports, are all imported from sweatshops located in China, Jordan, Bangladesh and Central America. Workers at these sweatshops are paid as little as 19 cents an hour to toil 60 plus hours a week.

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) also found that the Chentex factory in Nicaragua—-which produces much of the Army and Air Force exchange’s private label jeans and denim product—-interfered in a wage dispute involving two labor groups, firing the union leaders of one of the groups.

    In-House Brands

    The following are the in-house brands for our military exchanges. All are imported.

    • Sweet Reflections (maternity)
    • JW – (Ladies updated)
    • Passports – (Ladies casual)
    • Luciano Dante – Ladies career
    • Driftaway – (Ladies sleepwear)
    • New Recruits (Maternity)
    • R&R Casuals – (Mens)
    • Junction West – (Mens)
    • Ponytails – (Girls)
    • Buzzcuts – (Boy)

    Made in the USA Reports

    Vol. 29, No. 6

    Foundation Announces 2017 Made in USA Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Made in the USA Foundation announced its Eighth Annual additions to the Made in the USA Hall of Fame. American luxury cars are back. Lincoln and Cadillac have returned to making state-of-the art luxury sedans in the U.S.A.

    Lincoln Continental

    Cadillac CT6

    Chevy Bolt

    After a fifteen-year absence from the Lincoln model line, the Continental serves as the successor of the Lincoln MKS. Alongside the Ford Mustang, the Continental is manufactured in Flat Rock, Michigan. The Continental is a front-wheel drive full-size luxury car, with optional four-wheel drive available. The Cadillac CT6 is the first rear-wheel drive Cadillac in twenty years. The CT6 is also available as a plug-in hybrid. During the past five years Cadillac and Lincoln have made many of their vehicles in Mexico and Canada. GM also has introduced the electric Chevy Bolt. The Bolt is the first all-electric car to sell for under $40,000 and have a 200-mile range. At its introduction, the Bolt was named the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the 2017 North American Car of the Year, and an Automobile Magazine 2017 All Star — and was listed in Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of 2016.

    2017 Made in the USA Hall of Fame inductees:


    1. Lincoln Continental—Luxury car
    2. Cadillac CT6 and CTS Hybrid—Luxury car
    3. Chevy Bolt—Electric car
    4. Sun Mountain– Golf Bags
    5. Club Glove—Luggage and Golf luggage
    6. Fuller Brush—Cleaning supplies
    7. SC Johnson—Cleaning supplies
    8. Anchor Hocking— Glassware
    9. Blendtec—Blenders
    10. Liberty Tableware—Stainless Steel Silverware
    11. Middleton Made Knives–Knives
    12. James Perse—Apparel
    13. Paige Premium Denim—Apparel
    14. Los Angeles Apparel–Apparel
    15. Morgan Le Fay—Apparel
    16. Buck Mason—Apparel
    17. Kiel James Patrick—Apparel
    18. American Giant—Apparel
    19. All American Clothing–Apparel
    20. Oxxford men’s suits–Apparel
    21. Grado Headphones—Stereo Equipment
    22. Martin Guitar—Musical Instruments
    23. Stihl– Garden Equipment
    24. Georgia Pacific–Building Materials







    Previous Inductees to the Made in the USA Hall of Fame


    1888 Towels
    3D Systems
    Alex and Ani Jewelry
    Apple Computers
    Boston Consulting Group
    Bunn Coffeemakers
    J Pinot Gris Wine
    Shinola Watches
    3D Systems
    ACCO Brands
    Adriano Goldschmied
    Aeronautica Windpower
    Alden Shoes
    All American Clothing Company
    Allen Edmonds
    Alliance Rubber Bands
    American Apparel (Apparel)
    American Apparel (Retail)
    American Leather
    American Optical eyeglasses
    Annin Flagmakers
    Bailey 44
    Basic Threads
    Beaulieu Vineyard
    Bed Head Pajamas
    Bevin Brothers
    Bill’s Khakis
    Blenko glassware
    Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Boston Beer Company (“Sam Adams”)
    Boyd Lighting
    Brooks Brothers
    Cadillac (CTS, ATS and ELR)
    Cakebread Winery
    California Olive Ranch
    Channel Islands
    Chateau Montelena
    Chevy Corvette
    Chevy Silverado
    Chevy Volt
    Civilianaire Apparel
    Competition Headwear
    Crescent Tools
    Dilettante Chocolate
    Dodge Dart
    Element Television
    Ethan Allen
    Faribault Woolen Mill
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
    Fine Art Lamps
    Ford CMAX
    Ford F150
    Ford Motor Company
    Fresh Produce
    Gibson Guitars
    Gitman Brothers
    Goodyear Tires
    H.F. Coors China Co.
    Hart Schaffner & Marx
    Heath Ceramics
    Herman Miller
    Highland Shoe Co.
    Homer Laughlin China Company
    Hubbardton Forge
    Hudson Jeans
    J. W. Hulme
    J & A Shoes
    Jack Daniel’s
    Kala Eyewear
    Letarte Swimwear
    Libbey Glass
    Libman Company
    Lifetime Products
    Lincoln MKC
    MAK Grills
    Maker’s Mark
    Makita USA
    Marin French Cheese Co.
    Marine Layer
    Master Lock
    McIntosh Amplifiers
    Mercedes C Class Sedans
    Merle Norman Cosmetics
    Milliken & Company
    New Balance
    New Flyer/North American Bus Industries
    Nordic Ware
    Nucor Steel
    Peterboro Baskets
    Ping Golf Clubs
    Quoddy Shoes
    Ram Trucks
    Red Wing Shoe Company
    Rejuvenation Hardware
    Rocky Mountain Hardware
    Room and Board Furniture
    San Antonio Shoemakers
    Sauvage Swimwear
    Seventh Generation
    Shinola Watches
    Simon Pearce
    Simplicity Vacuums
    Snap-On Tools
    Solar World
    St. John’s Knits
    Stags Leap Winery
    Steinway Pianos
    Stetson Hat Company
    Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model X
    Thorlo Socks
    Thos. Moser
    Titleist Golf Balls
    Tito’s Vodka
    Ventura Lemoncello
    Vermont Flannel
    Vermont Teddy Bear Co.
    Weathertech Car Mats
    Whirlpool Corporation
    Woodford Reserve
    Worksman Bicycles
    Yoga Smoga Athletic Wear
    Zero Motorcycles

    Made in the USA Reports

    A Publication of the Made in the USA Foundation

    Vol. 29 No. 5 © Made in the USA Foundation—May, 2017

    American Apparel Shrinks While Los Angeles Apparel Rises from Its Ashes

    Dov Charney is more determined than ever to make his second stab at apparel manufacturing more successful than the first. Charney, who was fired at the end of 2014 from American Apparel, a company that he founded, is determined to move forward and prove that you can manufacture clothing in Los Angeles, pay a fair wage and make money. “We are going to take over and be an important force in the apparel industry,” he said. American Apparel was the top donor to the Made in the USA Foundation.

    Los Angeles Apparel FactoryLos Angeles Apparel Factory

    Charney’s new venture, Los Angeles Apparel, is starting with T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. LA Apparel has a 135,000-square-foot facility in South Central Los Angeles, where 75 to 100 sewing workers are making blank T-shirts and sweatshirts that are wholesaling to other businesses under the Los Angeles Apparel name. Most of these workers are former American Apparel employees. Charney’s goal is eventually to hire as many as 1,000 workers to pick up where he left off. “I am selling mostly to screen printers and people in the industry,” he explained. “We are making T-shirts for people who are doing T-shirts for Kylie Jenner. They are doing the screen printing and doing the air freighting.” Charney is planning to open a retail store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles and one in Paris, France, later this year.

    Gildan Activewear has purchased American Apparel’s brand name and other assets for $88 million. Gildan continues to make clothing at the old American Apparel factory and is in direct competition with Los Angeles Apparel for wholesale products, but is closing all American Apparel retail stores

    Non-Profits Are Using Chinese Products and Sending a Mixed Message

    By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman,

    Made in the USA Foundation

    It has been “Red Nose” day at Walgreens. Walgreens teamed up with Comic Relief to raise money to combat child hunger, a worthy cause. However, the program should be giving Walgreens a black eye because Walgreens purchased all of its promotional materials from China. Walgreens sells Red Noses, red foam shaped like a nose, for a dollar. Fifty cents is targeted for the non-profit Comic Relief. Walgreens has the noses made in China for a few pennies, and takes half of the revenue as profit for itself. Walgreens claims that it is giving all of the profits to Comic Relief, but this is false. The cost to Walgreens of each Red Noseis less that five cents. So Walgreens is netting 45 cents on each Red Nose sale. One reason that there is widespread child hunger in the United States is that we have lost two million plus jobs to China.

    Red Nose Day

    Red Nose Day

    Walgreens also sells Red Nose wristbands for a dollar. These are also made in China. Walgreens could have had these made at Made in the USA member Alliance Rubber for a few cents each in Arkansas. In 2010, Arkansas had the highest hunger rate in the nation among children under 18, according to Feeding America. If Walgreens had purchased a million wristbands from Alliance Rubber it would have created many jobs in Arkansas that would have fed many hungry children there.

    The Wounded Warrior Project has been the target of many investigative reports. Sixty Minutes showed its CEO spending millions of dollars on frivolous expenses for parties and other events. He was fired. One tactic of the project that has continued is WWP given donors “free” Wound Warrior Project blankets. These blankets are made in China, the same nation that provides AK-47s to the Taliban in Afghanistan to fight our brave soldiers. There are many blankets made in the USA that could have been used. American soldiers have not been killed and wounded to provide jobs for Chinese workers.

    Made in the USA Reports

    A Publication of the Made in the USA Foundation

    Vol. 29 No. 4 © Made in the USA Foundation—April, 2017

    Trump Administration Trade Policy Review Misses the Big Picture

    By Robert E. Scott, Economic Policy Institute

    The Trump administration announced last month two executive actions to launch a review of U.S. trade policy. A review of trade policy and its potential to harm U.S. workers is welcome and long overdue. However, the specifics of the review offered by President Trump mean that it is likely to fail to provide any help to American workers, in part because it asks the wrong questions.

    The president’s first order requires Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and White House Trade Council to “identify every form of trade abuse and every nonreciprocal practice that contributes to the U.S. trade deficit,” according to the commerce secretary. The report is to be completed within 90 days, with an analysis of the detailed cause of the deficit “by country and major product.” But the trade deficit is not a “product by product” or a “country by country” problem. We know what it is caused by and what should be done about it.

    The trade deficit is not a bilateral problem between the United States and individual countries. The U.S. trade deficit is a result of global trade imbalances. There are ten to twenty countries that have developed large, persistent, structural trade surpluses that are distorting trade flows worldwide. The top ten surplus countries are shown in Figure A below. In 2015, these countries, led by China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, had a collective trade surplus of approximately $1.5 trillion. (The figures reported are current account balances, the broadest measure of trade in goods, services and income.)

    The United States’ current account deficit of $463 billion in 2015 accounted for less than one third of the total surplus accumulated by the big surplus traders. Other countries have also suffered from persistent, structural trade deficits, job losses, and downward pressure on wages, including Great Britain, Brazil, Australia, and Mexico. Attacking the root causes of global trade imbalances will benefit all deficit countries, and not just the United States.

    It is also important to note that Mexico is not a country that has maintained large, global trade surpluses. In fact, it has had significant current account deficits in every year since 2000. This analysis shows why bilateral trade data are a poor guide to trade policy development. Measures of each country’s overall trade balance with the world provide a much more accurate and effective basis for identifying global distortions in trade flows. ­

    The causes of global trade imbalances are also well known. While dumping, subsidies, and massive amounts of excess production capacity in some industries (e.g. steel, aluminum) and some countries (e.g., China, Korea, Japan) are an important cause of the problem, the single most important cause is currency undervaluation. Countries with larger, persistent trade surpluses have undervalued currencies. Rebalancing of major currencies, last achieved following the 1985 Plaza Accord, is the single most effective way to rebalance global trade flows. Such an agreement is needed to increase (realign) the exchange rates of the major surplus countries shown below relative to the U.S. dollar, which is heavily overvalued.

    Countries with the 10 largest current account Balances in 2015 (billions of US dollars)

    Current Account Balances

    Current Account Balances

    Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2016

    The president’s executive orders on trade also “reflected a marked softening” from the heated trade rhetoric used by Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. The announcement also seems to reflect a search for small, specific, trade actions that could yield “tweetable” trade victories. For example, the president’s second order calls for “enhanced collection” of anti-dumping and countervailing duties, to address the “under-collection” of such duties. White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said that $2.8 billion in such duties were uncollected between 2001 and the end of 2016, or approximately $175 million per year. When compared with the U.S. goods trade deficit, which reached $749.9 billion in 2017, such duty “under-collections,” were small potatoes indeed. While recouping these “missing” duties would be good for injured workers and companies, and would create opportunities for regular announcements of trade “victories,” they will have no significant impact on the overall U.S. balance nor on trade related job losses.

    Small victories on unfair trade, while welcome, will not bring about the currency realignments needed to rebalance trade flows. Voters, Congress, and manufacturers should settle for nothing less.

    Tax Reform Should Not Allow Corporations to Pay a Lower Tax than Individuals, Except Manufacturers

    By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman

    Made in the USA Foundation

    President Trump is proposing a 15% tax rate for corporations across the board, with the individual tax rate up to 35%. Why should a corporation pay a lower rate of income tax than its employees? The corporate tax rate is now 35% and the maximum individual tax rate is 39%. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people and entitled to the same constitutional rights as people. So shouldn’t people be entitled to the same rights as corporations?

    President Trump’s tax proposal will bury the federal government in red ink by lowering corporate taxes across the board. My proposal is revenue neutral and targets tax incentives aimed directly at manufacturing corporations that we want to keep in the United States or bring back to the U.S.

    Trump claims that the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. This is not quite accurate since that although the nominal corporate rate is 35% the actual, real world corporate tax rate is closer to 15%. According to Americans for Tax Fairness, General Electric, Boeing, Verizon and 23 other profitable Fortune 500 firms paid no federal income taxes from 2008 to 2012. The organization also found that 288 big and profitable Fortune 500 corporations paid an average effective federal tax rate of just and that profitable corporations paid U.S. income taxes amounting to just 12.6% of worldwide income in 2010.

    Concerning corporate taxes, I propose the elimination of loopholes and a corporate tax rate of 28% with a zero tax rate for manufacturing companies. I also propose a 14% tax rate for income earned overseas to bring home $2.6 trillion of profits sitting in corporate accounts offshore. I would also cap personal taxes at 28% as well, with no deductions, except the personal deduction.


    Many corporations use every tax loophole to avoid paying taxes. As a part of tax reform all of these loopholes should be closed. All income should be treated the same, with one exception. The exception is income from manufacturing. Manufacturing is the industry that has moved offshore, for cheap labor and for low tax rates. Your local restaurant, dry cleaner and retail store cannot move offshore and does not need special lower tax rates: they cannot move offshore. The President’s industry, real estate investment, is built on loopholes, including depreciation. Real property does not depreciate; Depreciation is a myth. Improvements and repairs to real estate should be deductible, but depreciation should not be deductible from income.

    Tax Amnesty for Reshoring Profits

    There are also more than $2.6 trillion stashed overseas by major American corporations, including Microsoft, Apple and Google. We should allow these dollars to be repatriated at a reduced rate.

    Under my tax proposal, companies could bring home this $2.6 trillion pie, invest this money in new factories and businesses, and the U.S. Treasury would reap a $360 billion bonus. This should cover the costs of the manufacturing tax of zero and then some.

    Manufacturing Tax of Zero

    I propose a 28 percent corporate tax rate, with a zero percent tax rate for manufacturing companies, and a onetime amnesty rate to repatriate earnings held offshore at a 14 percent rate.

    Overall, the corporate taxes now contribute only about 10 percent of total federal revenues. Under my proposal, corporations will pay more money to the federal treasury and thus create more jobs. On total federal tax revenues of $3 trillion a year, corporations now contribute only about $300 billion.

    Individual citizens pay the bulk of federal tax revenues. Manufacturing is the primary area where the United States has lost jobs over the past 20 years. Manufacturing also creates more jobs than other businesses because it creates jobs with suppliers and service providers as well as necessary buildings and equipment.

    If we lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent and eliminate all loopholes (no investment tax credits, no oil depletion allowance, etc.,) we can institute a tax on manufacturers of zero percent. This would be based on the amount of U.S. content in the products manufactured. This zero tax rate would apply only to products made with 100 percent U.S. content. For example, if a manufacturer assembles a product in the United States with 50 percent U.S. content, the manufacturer would pay an income tax of 50 percent of the 28 percent rate, or 14 percent. However, if the manufacturer has 100 percent U.S. content, its tax rate would be zero.

    This new tax rate would serve to incentivize manufacturers to make their products in the United States. It would help to create millions of American jobs by bringing manufacturing back to New York, Illinois, California, Ohio, Michigan and every other state.

    Individual Income Taxes

    Our current income tax structure exacerbates income inequality. Capital gains should be taxed at the same rate as salaries. Taxes should be simplified. General Electric and other profitable companies must pay their fair share of income taxes. The author proposes simplifying and rationalizing income taxes, getting rid of loopholes and deductions, and having three levels of income tax: 10%, 20% and 28%, with corporations making over $1 million paying 28% as well.

    Social Security Taxes

    I propose exempting the first $25,000 in income from both income taxes and social security taxes. At the same time, I would lift the cap on Social Security taxes. Now employees earning more than $118,500 pay no further social security tax. If we lift the cap, it will pay for the exemption at the bottom. At the same time I am proposing that corporations do not have to pay their share of social security taxes for those earning under $25,000. This will encourage employers to hire more workers.

    The manufacturing tax of zero and the $25,000 exception for Social Security payments will significantly increase jobs and job growth in the United States. These focused tax incentives will create more jobs, at a lower cost to the budget, than President Trump’s across-the-board tax grab for the rich.

    Made in the USA Reports

    A Publication of the Made in the USA Foundation

    Vol. 29 No. 3 © Made in the USA Foundation—March, 2017

    12 Things President Trump Should Know About Trade

    by Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

    1. World Trade Organization is not legitimate. The WTO does not have a permanent judiciary, but hires lawyers, often who have conflicts of interest to be temporary judges. In the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) case, a Mexican attorney chaired the panel that ruled against United States in favor of Mexico. Unlike the Trump University case with a U.S.-born judge of Mexican heritage, this Mexican judge was illegitimate because he had a current conflict of interest. The panel chair in the COOL case was Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández, a Mexican citizen who has represented Mexico in trade matters.  In addition, WTO proceedings are not open to the public or the press, but should be. Court proceedings in the United States are almost always open to the press and the public. The WTO ruled that the United States could not require cattlemen from Mexico and Canada to label their beef as “Product of Mexico,” or “Product of Canada.”
    2. The House of Representatives Voted To Repeal COOL for meat, caving in to Canada and Mexico, even though the U.S. Trade Representative was then negotiating with Mexico and Canada. Now our cattlemen have lost $20 billion because consumers are not informed about where their meat comes from.
    3. Country of Origin Labeling Act is supported by 90% of America consumers and farmers. You must push Congress to put labeling back on meat.
    4. Canada charges 300% duties on American dairy products and chicken. Our very “nice” neighbors to the north have been screwing us on trade in dairy, chicken, beer and autos for years.
    5. Mexico illegally subsidizes sugar and steel. You forgot to give Mexico and Canada notice on January 20th that we are getting out of NAFTA.
    6. Army and Navy PXs don’t sell many made in USA products. With a stroke of your pen, you can create 100,000 jobs by requiring the Army and Navy to buy American-made products and offer them to their soldiers and sailors. I have put together a group of American manufacturers who can supply the Defense Department with hundreds of products for their PX stores.
    7. The Department of Defense is dependent on Russia and China for rockets and fuel for the Hellfire missile. Changing this is a no brainer.
    8. The Export-Import Bank was allowed to expire despite fact that Europe and China have similar institutions to finance exports. This puts our companies, like Boeing and Caterpillar, at an economic disadvantage.
    9. China cheats at trade by manipulating currency, stealing intellectual property and by illegally dumping in U.S. It is time to start tough negotiations with China.
    10. Most American drug manufacturers have moved to Ireland because of its 12.5% tax rate, including Pfizer, largest drug company in the world, maker of Lipitor and Viagra. We don’t have to cut our tax rate to their level, just impose a countervailing duty on drugs from Ireland.
    11. 80% percent of our generic drugs imported from India and China. At the same time, the FDA is incapable of inspecting plants in Asia. Most Americans do not want to buy drugs from India or China.
    12. CVS and most major drugstores fail to put country of origin labels on prescription drugs despite federal law that requires it. I have asked the attorney general to get tough with our drugstores and require country of origin labeling. The law currently allows criminal prosecution for anyone mislabeling drugs. Transferring drugs from a labeled bottle (that CVS gets from Pfizer) and putting it in an unlabeled bottle is a criminal violation.

    Made in the USA Reports

    Volume 29, Issue 2 February 2017

    Oh Canada!

    By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

    At a recent White House press conference with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Trump said, “We have a very outstanding trade relationship with Canada. We’ll be tweaking it. We’ll be doing certain things that are going to benefit both of our countries. It’s a much less severe situation than what’s taken place on the southern border.” The President apparently does not want to acknowledge that Canada has been cheating us on trade for decades.

    Currently, we have an $11 billion dollar annual trade deficit with Canada. This translates to be a deficit of nearly $1 billion per month. Geographically, Canada is an expansive country but with a significantly smaller population than California. Yet, per capita, our trade deficit with Canada exceeds our per capita trade deficit with China.

    Trump supporters are big fans of red meat, beer, cheese and movies—four products that Canada trades unfairly. During the Obama administration, Canada challenged our Country of Original Labeling (COOL) requiring Canada to label its beef as a “Product of Canada.” Canada, along with Mexico, brought a bogus complaint against the United States to the World Trade Organization challenging COOL’s meat labeling requirement. The WTO, with an ad hoc Mexican “judge for a day kind of judge” predictably ruled in favor of Mexico and Canada. The result of this biased ruling was that our wimpy Congress caved in and changed COOL. It is because of our “friends” in Canada that we can now no longer have country of origin labeling on beef imported from any foreign country.

    Say Cheese!

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was supposed to bring us free trade, but it has failed to do so. Canada charges a whopping tariff of 245.5% for any cheese imported from the United States. As a result, it is understandable that we are not shipping to Canada a lot of tasty cheese from Wisconsin or Vermont even though our biggest cheese producers are in states that border our northern neighbor. This is unquestionably unfair, and definitely, not very neighborly.

    Beer Nuts

    There is no doubt that Canada brews some fine beer. So why are the Canadians afraid of a little competition? Canada’s provinces prohibit the importation of beer. This means that all American-brewed beer is banned in Canada. No Sam Adams, no Sierra Nevada, no Blue Moon, etc., In other words, no American beer whatsoever unless it is brewed in Canada. “Canadian wine and beer producers have long complained of interprovincial hurdles, such as many provinces’ restrictions on shipping directly from an out-of-province winery to a consumer, or the decision last December by [Alberta’s] Premier Rachel Notley’s government to slap a 525-per-cent tax hike on craft beer from outside Alberta.” Globe and Mail, April 29, 2016.

    Movie Madness

    Canada has taken billions of dollars in film production business away from Hollywood; not because of its notorious sunshine, but because of illegal film subsidies. An agreement called “The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade”, signed by most nations of the world, prohibits subsidies for products and services. Over the years, Canada has spent billions of dollars in illegal tax subsidies to create a lucrative film industry and it has succeeded at our economic expense. Brokeback Mountain, Titanic, Texas Rangers, The Incredible Hulk, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and numerous other films were shot in Canada to take advantage of these huge Canadian subsidies.

    Time to Get Tough, Mr. President

    Mr. President, if you can’t get tough with Canada, how are you going to deal with China and Russia? You were way too nice, and naïve, in your recent meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While I mentioned beer, cheese and movies, the largest share of our deficit with Canada concerns domestic automobile manufacturing. Unlike our U.S. car manufacturers, Canada doesn’t have to tack on an additional $1,500 per car to cover the cost of employee health insurance because they have socialized medicine north of the border. When you repeal and replace Obamacare, make sure that you consider how we finance our health coverage so that our domestic manufacturers are not put at a real and distinct disadvantage.

    10 Great American Beers

    To protest the unfairness of Canada’s ban on American beers, try one of the hundreds of craft brewed domestic bliss. We are suggesting ten beers that are very worthy of your consideration.

    Europe may lay claim to the greater beer heritage but for some time now America has been at the forefront of the craft beer scene. With flavorsome new hops from Washington State’s Yakima Valley and hundreds of independent breweries intent on experimentation, the rest of the world has been playing catch up.

    Goose IPA
    One of the best imperial stouts around, this is a beer that pushes your senses to the maximum. Boozy, roasted malt and dark fruit aromas; masses of molasses, chocolate and coffee in the flavor department; and it’s so rich, creamy and steeped in alcohol that you could be forgiven for thinking you’re supping a beer liqueur. Drink a bottle now and set some more aside for later: this hearty brew gets even better with age.

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Smooth, fragrant and full of complex hop flavors, this is one of the beer that caused British brewers to peer more closely at what their American counterparts were up to. With a light malty base and a resinous, pine-fresh bitterness it remains an exemplar of contemporary pale ale brewing.

    Crooked Stave, Colorado Wild Sage
    White sage and lemongrass are the savory additions that give this brew one of the most alluring perfumes you’ll find in a beer. Sharp lemon sourness causes puckering in the mouth before a subtle, herby bitterness takes over. For anyone keen to experience new beer flavors, this is a must.

    Firestone Walker, Easy Jack IPA
    Here’s one that has all the flavor of an American IPA at a reasonable strength. This Californian liquid gold is high on tropical fruit and grapefruit hop aromas and is a light, refreshingly zesty drink. It finishes with a lingering, dry bitterness, but those tropical notes continue to play on through. Perfect summer drinking.

    Jolly Pumpkin Ales
    This may make a dent in your savings but it’s an extraordinary bottle of brewing brilliance—an autumnal ale infused with chestnuts and spices before being aged in oak. It has a mature pungency – like a well-kept cheese or posh sherry – and is slightly sour, lightly sweet, distinctively spicy and a little bit funky. A rare treat.

    Goose Island IPA
    From a brewery respected the world over for its innovative approach to beer, Goose Island’s IPA has been the cause of many drinkers to realize there’s more to American beers than syrupy lagers. Even though it’s now owned by AB InBev, the mega brand responsible for Budweiser, the beer continues to ride near the head of the IPA pack. Full of fruity American hops, bitter from the outset with a crisp, dry finish. Quality stuff.

    Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager
    This Brooklyn brewing ace has been delivering quality beer since 1988 and their excellent lager has become a UK supermarket staple for the craft connoisseur. But we’ve drifted to the dark side with this choice: a dose of black barley adding some warming, roasty flavours to the lightly hopped, clean, dry liquid.

    Heretic, Evil Cousin
    This double IPA has loads of trademark American citrus hop flavors and resinous bitterness, crammed into a beer with a soft malty body and toffee sweetness. Big flavours, a hefty amount of bittering and a double dose of booze – it’s not for the faint hearted.

    North Coast, Le Merle
    This is an excellent example of a Belgian-style farmhouse brew that has been subtly Americanized. Millions of tiny bubbles burst on the tongue, jabbing with lemony freshness and peppery yeast flavors. When the effervescence subsides, candy malts and spicy bitterness take over. Perfect for washing down a Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

    Rogue Ales, Dead Guy Ale
    Oregon, one of the US craft brewing hot-spots, is home to Rogue Ales, whose Dead Guy Ale is their take on a German Maibock (essentially a pilsner on steroids). It has a boozy whiff and fruity caramel malt flavors with typically Germanic spicy hops. A heavy, heady brew to be quaffed at a leisurely pace.

    10 Great American Cheeses

    Cellars at Jasper Hill Harbison

    Cellars at Jasper Hill Harbison


    Cellars at Jasper Hill Harbison, Greensboro, Vermont

    This bundle of oozy, runny bliss is wrapped in spruce bark from the nearby forest and best enjoyed right out of the package with a spoon or poked at and scooped up with shards of cracker or crusty bread. Open it up, and you have an instant party. The flavor is floral, subtle, and tangy, and the spruce imparts magical notes of fall woods. Amazing with a dry rose or a fizzy cava.

    Uplands Cheese Co Pleasant Ridge Reserve

    Uplands Cheese Co Pleasant Ridge Reserve


    Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

    The talented cheesemaker Mike Gingrich makes this smooth, firm cheese from the raw milk of his 150-cow herd only during the summer months, when the cows can graze on the lush pastures and the cheese takes on a fruity, olive-y, addictive depth. It’s aged four to six months or up to 15 months for the “extra aged” batches. It’s a full-flavored, utterly scrumptious award-winner, reminiscent of gruyere. Step up your mac n’ cheese, or serve this with crusty bread, fall apples, and cold cider.

    Rogue Valley Creamery Smokey Blue

    Rogue Valley Creamery Smokey Blue


    Rogue Valley Creamery Smokey Blue, Central Point, Oregon

    Smokey Blue is proof Americans can be cheese geniuses. From David Gremmels and his team of blue gurus in Oregon, this raw milk wheel is cold smoked for 16 hours over local hazelnut shells. I can’t even start to tell you what a brilliant idea this is. The result: sweet and smokey nuttiness that balances a sharp, blue bite. A great cheese for burgers or salads (think arugula and prosciutto), or a snack with a voluptuous zinfandel.

    Cabot Clothbound Cheddar

    Cabot Clothbound Cheddar


    Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Gerrnsboro, Vermont

    This cheddar is English-inspired but all-American. The 40-pound wheels are carefully bandaged in layers of cloth and aged for about a year in the Cellars at Jasper Hill to coax out a symphony of sharp, toasty, nutty, caramely sweet flavors. This is a cheddar to make other cheddars embarassed. It’s firm and a bit crumbly. Makes a killer grilled cheese, especially with a few slivers of apple or slices of bacon.

    Cypress Grove Chevre Humboldt Fog

    Cypress Grove Chevre Humboldt Fog


    Cypress Grove Chèvre Humboldt Fog, California

    This American beauty gets its name from Humboldt County’s thick morning fog. Mary Keens has been making her goat cheeses since the 1980s, and helped launch the American artisanal cheesemaking revolution. A bite of clean, lemony, lactic goodness will reveal why; Humboldt Fog grows earthier and mustier with age. Its pillowy rind reveals bright white, smooth paste, bisected with a thin slash of black vegetable ash. In other words: It’s so pretty! It has the lusciousness of ice cream and is wildly addictive. Make a killer cheese plate with a drizzle of honey, some grainy bread, and a crisp white wine, or dress up a salad with this goat splendor.

    Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise

    Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise


    Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise, Reading, Vermont

    Inspired by the beloved alpine cheese Abondance, Tarentaise is crafted from the raw milk of organic grass-fed cows. Curds are cut by hand with a harp, then aged in the farm’s caves where they’re lovingly rubbed and flipped and nurtured for 10 months. The result is a big-flavored, complex beauty, redolent with notes of toasted hazelnut, ripe fruit, and buttered toast (Yum!). Cheese profits go to support a bigger project, the Farms for City Kids Foundation, and the farm doubles as an educational center. Tarentaise pairs beautifully with a juicy Pinot Noir, as well as marcona almonds and dried fruit.

    Landaff Creamery


    Landaff Creamery

    Landaff Creamery Landaff, Landaff, New Hampshire

    Did you know New Hampshire has Welsh roots? Cheese maestro Doug Erb got inspired by the Welsh cheese Caerphilly, but Landaff is all his own, and perhaps even tastier. It’s made from the raw milk of Erb’s herd of Holsteins, rucked away in the foothills of the White Mountains. His creation is hard yet milky and pliant, with complex sweet-tart flavors of creamy yogurt, fresh grass, and fragrant herbs. It will stand up to a peaty scotch or a hoppy IPA.

    Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk

    Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk


    Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk, Point Reyes, California

    onley and Peggy Smith opened Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station, a picturesque postage-stamp-sized town on the Cali coast. Red Hawk was a wonderful accident. A few batches of their original cheese, Mt. Tam, became subjected to a natural strain of bacterium linens that moved down the coast of Marin in 2000. In an attempt at a solution, they washed the cheese with brine, but the brine only supported the grown of more (tasty!) b linens. Now, they repeat the process: The sumptuous triple cream gets washed to create a vibrant crimson-range rind, and the cheese is buttery-lush and just a bit beefy and pungent. Savor with a rich and lusty big Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Meadow Creek Grayson

    Meadow Creek Grayson


    Meadow Creek Grayson, Galax, Virginia

    This is a stinker. So meaty and pungent and good. Grayson’s texture is custardy and sticky, its flavor hits in a wave of brawny, beefy fury. The wheels are lookers, too — handcrafted from the raw milk of an 80-head herd of Jersey cows, the bright orange washed rind reveals a setting-sun-yellow paste. Serve with a bright gewürztraminer and ripe pear, or top a burger with this luscious, smelly goodness.

    Nettle Meadow Kunick

    Nettlw Meadow Kunick


    Nettlw Meadow Kunick, Thurman, New York

    This is made from 75% goat milk, 25% Jersey cow cream (that’s the breed with the highest butterfat content in its milk), 84% butterfat, and 100% excessive decadence. This triple creme from the Adirondacks is obscene in its buttery splendor, yet its tangy, goaty flavor keeps it fresh rather than cloying. Nettle Meadow Farm is home to more than 300 goats and dozens of sheep, and is also a sanctuary for retired and rescued farm animals. Serve this cheesecakey beauty with some (truffle!) honey and a bottle of rose or a crisp wheat beer, or for dessert with shards of darkest dark chocolate.

    Made in the USA Reports

    A Publication of the Made in the USA Foundation

    Made in the USA Reports

    A Publication of the Made in the USA Foundation

    Vol. 29 No. 1 © Made in the USA Foundation—January 2017

    The Ten Percent Solution

    By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

    President Trump has repeatedly threatened companies considering a relocation to Mexico or China that they would be required to pay a tariff of 35% if they wanted to sell their products in the United States. I agree with the President that the U.S. government should discourage companies from moving offshore. I believe, however, that the better, and more achievable path to attain this goal, is to impose tariffs on Mexico, China and Japan (our three largest trading partners, responsible for 90% of our trade deficit) of ten percent across the board. At the same time, we can use the ten percent solution to encourage corporations like Apple, Microsoft and Google to repatriate most of the $2.4 that they have sitting in offshore accounts. These new laws could increase the revenues of the U.S. Treasury by more than $300 billion in the first year.

    Bill of Attainder

    The constitution of the United States prohibits a Bill of Attainder (Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 3). A Bill of Attainder is legislation that singles out an individual, company or group for punishment without a trial. When the President threatens Carrier, Ford Motor Company and other businesses with a 35% tariff, Mr. Trump is proposing a Bill of Attainder. Congress can and should pass a 10% tariff that applies to all imports from Mexico, China and Japan, not just on those companies threatening to leave the United States. Companies who have already left should not be in a better position than those planning to move in the future.

    Why a Ten Percent Tariff on Chinese Imports is Reasonable

    The President can negotiate with Mexico, China and Japan about the amount of the tariff that is appropriate for each country, but ten percent should be the target. The Chinese government recently imposed extra duties ranging from 2% to 21.5% on imports of large American-made cars and sport utility vehicles. At the same time, General Motors is now making the Buick Envision in China and importing it into the United States with no tariff. “Today’s announcement by General Motors that they are importing the Envision from China is a slap in the face to U.S. taxpayers and the men and women who worked so hard to save GM during its darkest time,” UAW President Dennis Williams said on December 4, 2015. A ten percent tariff would encourage GM to bring the Buick Envision production to the United States.

    According to officials in the Obama administration, Chinese tariffs imposed on U.S. autos affected about two-thirds of the $8.5 billion worth of U.S. auto exports to China. The World Trade Organization found these tariffs to be illegal. According to the World Bank, U.S. tariffs on imported Chinese products average 2.9%, while Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods sold in China averaged 9.7%, nearly four times as high. A ten percent tariff on Chinese imports would level the playing field.

    In order to avoid a trade war and to keep prices stable, a 10% tariff on all Chinese products is reasonable. Proposed Senate legislation to counteract Chinese currency manipulations suggest a 20% tariff. A ten percent tariff would be a fair and reasonable compromise.

    In 2015, the U.S. goods and services trade deficit with China was $336.2 billion. By comparison, our U.S. exports to China totaled $116 billion. The import of goods from China totaled $482 billion. In other words, China sold us four times as much as we sell to them. And this is fair trade?


    When NAFTA went into effect, the United States had a substantial trade surplus with its southern neighbor. In 2015, our U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Mexico was $49.2 billion, about a billion dollars per week. This massive deficit can be attributable to U.S. car manufacturers moving their assembly plants to Mexico seeking cheap labor and relaxed (or nonexistent) environmental regulations. At the time that NAFTA went into effect, there were three pesos to the dollar; now there are twenty. A ten percent tariff on Mexican goods would bring in more than $5 billion per year, create fairer competition and reduce our massive trade imbalance with Mexico.


    The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Japan was $57 billion in 2015. Japan does not buy many imported cars from the United States because it imposes large fees on imported vehicles. Japan, like China, has played games with its currency so that it can sell millions of cars and other products into the United States. The United States rebuilt Japan after World War II and has been enriching Japan through trade that has been tilted in Japan’s favor. Japan should negotiate with the United States and agree to a ten percent duty on Japanese imports.

    Getting Offshore Money Back Home

    These tariffs will keep billions of dollars within the United States by taxing imports and discouraging U.S. companies from relocating the manufacturing of products offshore.

    To bring trillions of dollars back into the U.S., a one-time “special tax” should be applied on repatriating corporate profits that are sitting offshore in overseas bank accounts. Together, and within the first year, these two taxes will increase federal revenues by more than $300 billion while creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs in this country.


    December 2016 Newsletter

    Made in the USA Foundation Agenda for 2017



       Let’s Put the Pieces together in 2017

    We plan to work with the Trump Administration and Congress to increase Made in the USA manufacturing. As you know, the President-Elect based a substantial part of his campaign on keeping jobs in the United States and bringing them back home. We have tried to convince the Obama Administration on these policies without much success. We did get the Agriculture Department to implement our suggestions on Country of Origin labeling for beef, but, when push came to shove, the Obama Administration, and Congress, caved into the Canadian/Mexican/World Trade Organization pressure to end country of origin labeling for beef. We anticipate more success with the Trump Administration. We will hold the President-Elect to these promises as follows:


    1. Government Purchases for Retail Stores


    We will focus on getting U.S. government-owned facilities to purchase only Made in the USA products. These include the Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the Naval Exchange Service (NEXCOM), the Smithsonian Institution gift shops and National Park Service stores. We will help our members sell to these retail institutions. The military exchanges represent the second largest retail organization in the world. Walmart is the largest. More on Walmart’s Made in the USA program is below.


    1. Direct Government Sales


    The U.S. government is required to buy American-made products. It has not lived up to the letter or the spirit of the law. We will pressure this administration to do so. We will help members sell to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.


    1. Legislation


    We will push our tax proposal, the Manufacturing Tax of Zero, that encourages manufacturing in the United States. Under this proposal, manufacturers who make a product 100% in America will pay no federal income tax. If a product is 50% made in the USA, the tax rate will be one-half of the standard corporate rate. Tied in with this proposal is a reduced tax rate for the repatriation of trillions of dollars in profits held overseas by U.S. companies. Together, these two proposals will not cost the U.S. Treasury a dime, and will create hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of jobs.


    The Foundation will lobby once again require country of origin labeling for beef. Congress caved in last year to Mexican and Canadian pressure on country of origin labeling for meat. This has devastated the U.S. cattle industry, costing an estimated $20 billion is lost revenues. Multinational meat packers are distributing ground beef from many countries to U.S. grocery stores without a country of origin label.


    1. Executive Action




    The Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over certain requirements for cars, trucks and tires. We asked the current Secretary of Transportation to enforce country of origin labeling laws, but were rebuffed. The new appointment to head DOT is Elaine Chao. Ms. Chao is the wife of Majority leader Senator Mitch McConnell. We believe Secretary Chao will be much more receptive to our proposals. Her home state of Kentucky is where Corvettes, Toyota Camrys, Avalons and Venzas and manufactured. Ford also builds trucks and SUVs in Kentucky.


    We will petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to require enforcement of the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA) at car shows. Ten million America consumers get their first look at new cars at auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York and many other cities. Currently, most car manufacturers are taking country of origin information off car windows at these car shows. The Foundation worked hard to get the AALA enacted, but DOT has not yet enforced it at auto shows.




    Eighty percent of replacement tires sold in the United States are now imported. They are coming in from China, Thailand and many other countries. Tire manufacturers hide the country of origin of these products by labeling the country of origin on the inside of the tire, in black on black, so no one can see them. We will petition DOT to end this unfair and deceptive practice and require country of origin labeling on the outside of the tires, in a clearly visible label. One Made in the USA advocate has complained that his tire store tried to “Hancock” him into buying Chinese Hankook tires.


    Mexican Trucks


    In addition, the Foundation will petition DOT to stop its program that allows Mexican trucks and Mexican truck drivers to deliver products from Mexico to destinations across the United States. If NAFTA is renegotiated, this is one provision that should be dropped. Trade does not require that unsafe trucks, and drivers who don’t speak English, should be granted unfettered access to use U.S. highways.


    Drug Labeling


    We formally asked the current Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to notify CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and other large, national pharmacies to label their prescription drugs with country of origin labeling. U.S. law requires all imported products be labeled with their country of origin. Currently, 80% of prescription drugs are being filled with drugs from China and India, two countries where sanitation and quality of pharmaceutical products is highly questionable. Ms. Lynch passed the buck to FDA, but the FDA will do nothing about it. The Attorney-General designate, Senator Jeff Sessions, is much more likely to get tough on retail pharmacies that hide important information from consumers.


    1. Walmart


    We will continue to introduce our members to Walmart and Sam’s Club buyers. Walmart is buying $25 billion more in U.S. products every year. We have helped many companies add Walmart and Sam’s Club to their customer list. We have traveled in Bentonville, Arkansas, Denver and other cities to link American manufacturers to Walmart.



    What Economists Learned in 2016 –

    Long After Everyone Else

    By HAROLD MEYERSON, executive editor of The American Prospect.


    The trade deals they shilled for didn’t work out all that well. This week, Bloomberg’s Noah Smith published a list of “ten excellent economics books and papers” that he read in 2016. Number three on his list was the now celebrated paper, “The China Shock: Learning from Labor-Market Adjustment to Large Changes in Trade,” by economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson. Here’s Smith’s summary of the work and its consequences:


    This is the paper that shook the world of economics. Looking at local data, Autor et al. found that import competition from China was devastating for American manufacturing workers. People who lost their jobs to the China Shock didn’t find new good jobs—instead, they took big permanent pay cuts or went on welfare. The authors also claim that the China Shock was so big that it reduced overall U.S. employment. This paper has thrown a huge wrench into the free-trade consensus among economists.


    Smith’s account of the paper’s effect is absolutely right: Economists’ astonishment and dismay at Autor & Company’s revelations were palpable and widespread. Which raises a question many of us have been raising for years: Why have mainstream economists been the last people to understand the consequences of the policies they advocate? During the debate that swirled around the congressional legislation granting permanent normal trade relations to China in 1999 and 2000, unions, progressive think tanks (most especially the Economic Policy Institute), and other liberal groups predicted with unerring accuracy the job loss that would follow if PNTR was enacted, the concomitant failure to generate adequate replacement jobs, and in a few cases, even the political shifts likely to follow in the states of the rapidly deindustrializing Midwest—shifts that did not fully manifest themselves until this November. But to the high priests of mainstream economics, and to the Robert Rubins and Timothy Geithners who provided policy guidance to the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, these were fringe opinions, narrowly self-interested, and not worthy of serious consideration.


    Well, yes—the industrial Midwest was self-interested; its residents had an understandable reluctance to seeing their economies dismantled and their middle-class decimated.


    The lesson from all this is that mainstream economics has to be viewed less as an empirical, much less scientific, discipline, and more as an elegant regurgitation of the worldview of dominant financial powers.


    The lesson from all this is that mainstream economics has to be viewed less as an empirical, much less scientific, discipline, and more as an elegant regurgitation of the worldview of dominant financial powers. By endorsing the efficiency of markets and the concomitant curtailment of regulation, by assuming that trade with industrializing, poverty-wage mega-nations would not have a devastating impact on American manufacturing workers, by a thousand other deaths of common sense, the American economic mainstream reduced itself to little more than a priesthood serving the gods of Wall Street. The dissents of dissident economists—from Joe Stiglitz and Dani Rodrik to Dean Baker, Jared Bernstein, and the gang at EPI and Global Trade Watch, from Thea Lee at the AFL-CIO to Mark Levinson at the clothing and textile workers unions and Clyde Prestowitz at his own institute, from the pages of The American Prospect to the pages of, well, The American Prospect—were drowned in propaganda masquerading as economics.


    Now that the jobs have fled, now that the deregulation has led to an epochal collapse and a woefully selective recovery, the masquerade is over—or rather, should be over. The whole point of Trickle Downers is to hasten it to its long overdue end.


    If you have any more ideas for creating jobs in the U.S., please let us know. Chairman@MadeUSAFdn.org.


    Thank you very much for your support.


    Have a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!


    The Staff and Volunteers of the Made in the USA Foundation

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    Vol. 28 No. 11 © Made in the USA Foundation–November, 2016

    How President Trump Can Bring Back Jobs

    and Create New Ones

    By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

    Tom Friedman, New York Times columnist and apologist for the global economy, said on the Bill Maher show recently that Trump can’t bring back jobs. Wrong. President Trump, with Congressional help, cannot only bring back jobs, he can create new ones.

    During the lame duck Congress, the President-elect can start the jobs-creation process. First, he can meet with the CEOs of General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Carrier and Nabisco, all companies planning to move jobs to Mexico. He can warn them to stop the relocation process because he, and Congress, will change NAFTA and impose tariffs on Mexican imports making the move unprofitable.

    What To Do on Day One

    On day one, January 20, 2017, President Trump can ban Mexican trucks and drivers from U.S. roads. Currently, Mexican trucks are free to make deliveries in the United States because of a 2011 regulation of the U.S. Department of Transportation. With a stroke of the pen, the new Secretary of Transportation can rollback this dangerous and costly regulation.

    The United States government owns two of the largest department stores chains in the world, the Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and the Naval Exchange Command (NEXCOM). Together these are known as military PXs. At present, these PXs sell mostly imported products even though hundreds of domestic suppliers produce competitive U.S.-made products. By executive order, President Trump can create 100,000 jobs by eliminating imported products from AAFES and NEXCOM. Similarly, the President can require the National Park Service stores, Smithsonian Museum shops and all other government-owned retail stores to stock only American-made products.

    Federal law already requires labeling of all imported products with their country of origin. This law is not being enforced at all. Even though 80% of prescription drugs sold in the United States are now imported from India and China, U.S. consumers are not informed about this on their prescription drug labels. President Trump can enforce this law. There are also criminal penalties for not labeling products with their country of origin (19 USC 1304(I)), so the President can instruct his new attorney general to send a letter to CVS, Walgreens and all other drug stores to label their prescription drugs with country of origin information or face criminal prosecution.

    Section 2205 of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, provides that the President can send a letter to his counterparts in Canada and Mexico and withdraw from the agreement six months later. President Trump should give Canada and Mexico notice on January 20th that the United States is withdrawing from NAFTA. He can then negotiate with Mexico and Canada on the terms of a new agreement, or he can recommend to Congress that it impose a 10% across the board tariff on Mexican goods imported into the United States. He can earmark these funds to pay for the border wall, so that, in effect Mexico will pay for the wall.

    Tax Reforms

    I have proposed the Manufacturing Tax of Zero to bring manufacturers back to the United States. In the same law, Congress can reduce taxes on companies who repatriate trillions of dollars that they have sitting in offshore accounts.

    Most U.S. drug companies have fled the United States for the greener shores of Ireland because Ireland charges a 12.5% income tax. The Manufacturing Tax of Zero addresses this problem. This proposed law includes a 28% corporate tax rate, with a zero percent tax rate for manufacturing companies and a onetime amnesty rate to repatriate earnings held offshore at a 14% rate.

    Companies making 100% of a product in the U.S. would pay no federal corporate income taxes. The tax would be pro-rated so that if a company makes a product with 75% U.S. content, the tax rate would be one-quarter of the standard corporate tax, or 7%. The Manufacturing Tax of Zero would motivate drug companies, auto companies and other manufacturers who have fled the United States, to come back home. It would also incentivize current manufacturers from leaving the country to pursue lower taxes

    Currency Manipulations

    We should impose countervailing tariffs on China, Japan and other countries for currency manipulation. Currency manipulation, where a country lowers the value of its currency to gain an unfair advantage, is rampant, particularly in Asia. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is the primary sponsor of the Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act S 433. The bill, cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Richard Burr (R-NC), would require the Commerce Department to treat currency manipulation as an illegal subsidy and impose applicable duties.

    The Manufacturing Community Bill of Rights

    In Europe it is very difficult for a manufacturer to close and plant and relocate it overseas. The current American law on plant closings is weak. It is called the WARN act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. This act requires manufactures to give 60 days notice before closing a plant, but does not require anything more than notification. I am proposing that the WARN act be amended by a new law with substantive rights for workers and the community where the factory is located.

    Motorola recently built a state-of-the-art cell phone factory in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 2014, Motorola was sold to China’s Lenovo and announced that this flagship plant would be closed. A new amendment to the WARN statute would have kept this plant in operation either as a Lenovo factory, or, as a factory making cell phones for another brand. Similarly, this law could prevent Carrier from moving from Indiana to Mexico, and Nabisco from relocating south of the border.

    A Manufacturing Community Bill of Rights (MCBR) law would create a right of a community to keep a manufacturing plant intact. The law would provide that a manufacturer planning to move overseas would first have to give notice to its community, its state and its workers of its plants. The local and state government and workers of the faactory would then have the right to purchase the facility within six months.

    Current law requires this notification, but only provides for 60 days notice. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) became law in 1989. The Manufacturing Communities Bill of Rights is a proposed amendment to the WARN law. In addition to expanding the notice period to six months, the MCBR would provide for loan guarantees so that the community would have a realistic chance of acquiring manufacturing facilities.

    The MCBR would keep factories humming in the USA. First, this law would make it more expensive and risky to relocate. The law would also discourage factories from moving overseas because most companies do not want to turn their factories over to their domestic workers because their products would compete with the company’s imported products.

    Other Actions

    Canada and Mexico filed a complaint against the United States challenging the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Act. Our north and south “neighbors” complained that if they had to label meat as product of Canada or Mexico, Americans would probably not buy it. Although it has an official sounding title, the World Trade Organization is a rigged, unfair, and unjust organization favoring small nations. Recently, the WTO ruled that COOL was a barrier to free trade. Congress and President Obama caved in and amended the COOL Act to exclude the requirement of meat labeling with regards to its country of origin. In 2016, American cattlemen have lost $20 billion during due to the fact that U.S. consumers are unaware that they are buying Canadian and Mexican meat. Congress should reinstate the COOL Act for meat.

    For many years, China has been dumping steel and aluminum into the United States illegally. The Commerce Department has already taken some action concerning certain steel and aluminum products, but more action needs to be taken to keep our aluminum and steel industries alive and well.

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    Vol. 28 No. 9 © Made in the USA Foundation—September, 2016

    Let’s Impose a Consumer Boycott on Russia

    By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

    Two and a half years ago President Obama announced that he was imposing sanctions against Russia because of its invasion of Crimea. Those sanctions have been meaningless as Russian goods continue to flow freely into the United States. After invading and conquering Crimea, Russia has sent troops, and its deadly anti-aircraft weapons, into eastern Ukraine. It was recently confirmed that Malaysian flight 17 was shot out of the sky over the eastern Ukraine by a Russian-controlled missile killing 298 innocent civilians. The world’s response has been lame and ineffective in punishing Russia’s violations of international law.

    Congress has the power to impose a complete ban on the importation of Russian products. Until Congress acts, consumers have the power to stop buying Russian products. Russia is known for producing three products: oil, vodka and caviar, yet we have not imposed sanctions on these Russian cash-cows. Stolichnaya, Russia’s leading vodka, freely flows in most bars and restaurants in the United States.

    Pyotr Smirnov founded his vodka distillery in Moscow in 1864. During the October Revolution of 1917, the Smirnov family had to flee the country. Pyotr’s son, Vladimir Smirnov, established a factory in the United States, where Smirnoff has been made for more than 80 years. So drink Smirnoff, Tito’s or another fine American brand of vodka and pour the Stoly down the drain.

    California Caviar

    Caviar is the pickled roe of sturgeon or other large fish. Sturgeon is the fish of choice for quality caviar. The United States is home of an excellent source of caviar: California Royal White Sturgeon. This nutty flavored caviar is white sturgeon, native to California. The pearls are large, and light to dark brown in color. The White Sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America and is the third largest species of the sturgeon in the world. Don’t buy Russian caviar, buy California caviar.



    The Russian oil giant Lukoil operates more than 300 gas stations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Lukoil is a very visible and easy target to boycott, with thousands of competing gasoline stations available. Hundreds of thousands of Americans with east European origins live in this populous region and should picket and boycott these symbols of Russian aggression.

    Russia Invades Colorado

    Red Fox (not to be confused with the comedian Red Foxx) is a Russian company that has just invaded Colorado with stores in Boulder and Lyons. Red Fox is an appropriate name for a sneaky Russian company to sell its outdoor clothing and gear that is made in Russia and other comrad nations like China and Vietnam.

    Congress Has the Authority

    Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides Congress the power to regulate foreign commerce and to “to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations.” Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine is an offense against the law of nations and Congress should impose punishment by banning the importation of all Russian products. We don’t need Russian oil, caviar, vodka or outdoor apparel. If Congress acts decisively, Russia and President Putin will get the message. If Congress fails to act, American consumers can show their muscle by boycotting everything made in Russia

    What Congress Can Do About Creating Jobs

    The Made in the USA Foundation has successfully lobbied for passage of the American Automobile Labeling and the Country of Origin Labeling Act. These two laws help consumers buy more American products. But Congress can do so much more to create jobs in the United States.

    Jobs leave the United States for five primary reasons:

    Cheaper labor;
    Health Insurance costs;
    Illegal Subsidies and Dumping;
    Currency Manipulation.

    Congress can bring companies home by changing the tax code. Most U.S. drug companies have fled the United States for the greener shores of Ireland because Ireland charges a 12.5% income tax. We have proposed legislation, the Manufacturing Tax of Zero to address this problem. This proposed law includes a 28 percent corporate tax rate, with a zero percent tax rate for manufacturing companies, and a onetime amnesty rate to repatriate earnings held offshore at a 14 percent rate. U.S. corporations are sitting on trillions of U.S. dollars held in offshore accounts. Companies making 100% of a product in the U.S. would pay no federal corporate income taxes. The tax would be pro-rated, so that if a company makes a product with 75% U.S. content, the tax rate would be one-quarter of the standard corporate tax, or seven percent.

    Cheap Labor

    In order for the United States to impose tariffs on products from low wage nations like Mexico and China, we would have to leave NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. First, we should renegotiate NAFTA because Mexico is taking our auto industry. Mexico manufactured one million cars in 2005 and expanded to three million cars in 2013, most bound for the U.S. market. Ford has already announced that all of its small cars, and many of its larger vehicles, would be made in Mexico.

    Health Insurance

    One reason that cars are being imported from Japan, Canada and Europe is that manufacturers in those nations do not have to pay for their worker’s health care. The cost of paying for employee healthcare for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler is about $1,500 per vehicle in the United States. Congressman John Conyers of Michigan has introduced H.R. 676, “The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.” Sixty-two members of Congress have signed onto this bill. This bill would replace Obamacare with Medicare for all. Besides helping American consumers, this law would relieve manufacturers and other businesses of the burden of providing health care for their employees.

    Illegal Subsidies and Dumping

    There currently is in place legislation that can stop illegal subsidies and dumping. For example, China was illegally subsidizing and dumping solar panels in the United States, threatening the existence of the U.S. solar panel industry. The Made in the USA Foundation joined with the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing to seek tariffs on these panels. The U.S. Commerce Department imposed heavy duties on Chinese panels and the U.S. solar industry is back on its feet.

    Currency Manipulation

    Currency manipulation where a country lowers the value of its currency to gain an unfair advantage is rampant, particularly in Asia. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is the primary sponsor of the Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act S 433. The bill – cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Richard Burr (R-NC) – would require the Commerce Department to treat currency manipulation as an illegal subsidy and impose applicable duties.

    Other Legislation

    On September 16th Congressman Steve Israel introduced two bills that we strongly support, “American Parks American Products Act” (H.R. 6054) and “Bring the Jobs Home Loan Act” (H.R. 6053).

    The “American Parks American Products Act” would require the National Park Service to only sell merchandise that is made in the United States, and the “Bring the Jobs Home Loan Act” would authorize Small Business Administration (SBA) loans that would assist businesses that want to re-shore manufacturing jobs.

    “We need to do more to encourage American companies to move the production of their goods back to U.S. soil,” said Congressman Israel. “If we want American manufacturing to thrive again, then we need to show that we believe in the significance of the ‘Made in the USA’ label. That is why I am introducing two bills that will require our National Parks to exclusively sell merchandise produced in America, and provide loans through the Small Business Administration to firms that want to bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas.”

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    About the Made in the USA Foundation

    Made in the USA Foundation is a non-profit organization that was co-founded by Joel D. Joseph in 1989, formed with matching grants from United Auto Works and Ford Motor Company, and is dedicated to promoting products manufactured and/or assembled in the United States. The foundation began in Washington, D.C. and was moved to Los Angeles in 2007. Made in the USA Foundation encourages American values globally, raising the bar concerning minimum wages, environmental standards, labor rights, and human rights, including eliminating child labor. The organization also helps create good-paying jobs in the USA and a sustainable, environmentally sound, and healthy economy.

    Annually, the Made in the USA Foundation and Made Movement host the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner to honor the outstanding achievements of the top American manufacturers. The foundation receives thousands of nominations yearly, but less than 80 companies are selected as nominees. The companies are judged based on quality of its product, competitiveness, and the impact the company is making in its market. Some of the companies that have been awarded include Google, 3M, Boeing, Chevrolet, Viking, Beaulieu Vineyard and more.

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    About Joel D. Joseph

    Joel D. Joseph, Chairman & General Counsel

    Joel D. Joseph co-founded the Made in the USA Foundation in Washington, D.C. in 1989. In 2007 he moved the Foundation to Los Angeles. Joseph is currently chairman and general counsel of the Foundation. He earned his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1973 and earned his BA in economics at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He also studied economics at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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