FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Glenn R. Benner--P894219
Glenn R. Benner
Office of the Secretary
Re: "Made in USA Policy Comment, FTC File No. P894219
To Whom it May Concern:
I'm writing to express my opposition to the proposed changes in the Made In U.S.A. label. Many, if not the vast majority, of those commenting on this issue have a considerable financial interest in the outcome. I'm not a hired gun who has 40 hours a week to compile bogus statistics for some manufacturing firm or trade organization. My vested interest is that of a husband and father of two daughters who would like to see our American economy prosper and expand. I would like to continue to tell my children that by buying American they are strengthening OUR economy and building opportunity for themselves.
The Made In U.S.A. label is recognized world-wide as a stamp of quality. My family looks for it in every purchase, large or small. We consider it a hallmark of quality and often use it as the deciding factor in shopping. I believe the proposal to allow goods whose cost content is as high as 25% imported to carry the Made in U.S.A. label would amount to deceptive advertising. All should agree that many nations are able to produce goods at a much lower costs than in the United States. If a 25% foreign cost basis is allowed, how will this translate into content: 50% imported? 70% imported? This will take away my ability as a consumer to exercise informed choice when purchasing goods.
I do not believe Congress will support or fund the FTC's efforts to enforce these complex and situationally specific regulations. By instituting the proposed changes, you will create a vast labyrinth of unenforceable loopholes that will drive more manufacturing overseas.
Even though I was skeptical of G.A.T.T. and N.A.F.T.A., I feel that the final vote for or against these treaties is cast when I open my wallet to purchase a product. Please don't rig the ballot with false advertising. Keep the Made In U.S.A. label meaningful.
Proud to be and Proud to buy American.
Glenn R. Benner