The irony is not lost on me. I owned a 1984 Plymouth Voyageur; this was Chrysler's major innovation and they touted its American heritage. I remember someone walking up to me and saying, "It's about time Americans started buying American cars!" I opened the hood, the engine was Japanese, the tires were Michelin, the stereo was from Mexico, the whole thing was assembled in Windsor, Ontario. "What part of this car is American?" I asked back.
Another point of view. I know this is going far and away from the OP, but what the heck.
This is nothing new. Every year I would offer my students 100 dollars if anyone of them was wearing 100% American made clothing. I could usually stop 99% of them from checking just by asking them to look at their footwear.
If a top brand of sneakers costs 150 dollars because they're made outside the U.S., what would they cost if they were made here? Will consumers still pay the higher price? A study by Stanford University stated that the cost could easily go up by another 100 to 150 dollars if the same pair of sneakers were made in the U.S.
Adam Smith coined the phrase, "comparative advantage" which stipulates that countries should focus on what they can and do best. It's really quite simple. Imagine if Saudi Arabia tried to compete with the U.S. or Canada for the production of lumber.
So does that leave the U.S. out in the lurch? Not at all. What's our advantage? Efficiency and productivity. Companies are coming back to the U.S. and it's not all as a result of public opinion. A furniture factory is moving back to NC, why? It takes 10 Chinese workers to equal the production of 6 American workers. I have no idea what it would cost to ship a chest of drawers from China to the U.S., but I'm sure it would be a lot more expensive than shipping the same chest from Asheville to Seattle. This makes sense.
Another factor to consider is brought up in Matthew Crawford's book, "Shop Class as Soulcraft," you can't outsource the service industry. By that, he refers to the craftsmen and service technicians who do "hand-on" work. If your toilet backs up, it doesn't get outsourced to Mumbai. "You can't outsource a hammer," as Crawford puts it.
So I'm sitting here in my blue jeans and L.L. Bean casuals (China), wearing my long sleeve T-shirt (Pakistan), typing on my laptop (China) sipping coffee (Costa Rico) and will go outside to photograph some spring flowers with my camera (Japan) while wearing my shade hat (Canada). If I have time this afternoon, I might venture out on my motorcycle (Germany). And no, I am not stripping down to see where my skivvies were made.
As John Prine wrote, "It's a big ol' goofy world."