FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Jack McLain--P894219
22 Banta Court
Federal Trade Commission
It is my understanding that the federal government is considering relaxing the 50-year-old rule that all or virtually all" of a product be made domestically before it can be labeled made in the U.S.A.
I also understand that, if this rule is changed, manufacturers will be able to claim their products as made in the U.S.A. without qualification if, "U.S. manufacturing costs accounted for 75 percent of the products cost and the product was substantially transformed into a different product in the United States."
I wish to record an objection to any such change. "Made in U.S.A. should mean just that---that the product was made entirely in the U.S.A. I believe that any other marking would be a deliberate deception, unfair to Americans and American workers, and would only lead to the loss of more jobs to foreign countries.
My wife and I buy American just as much as possible, even doing without certain items until and unless we can find the item made in the U.S.A. We believe that, when all or most of our manufacturing has been shifted overseas, America will have essentially been economically destroyed.
Americans need job protection. One way that the F.T.C. can help would be to provide Americans with honest and just labeling so that they can buy American and keep our country alive and well.
P.S. This report is shocking:Between 1980 and 1993, more than 8,000,000 American workers lost their jobs---the equivalent of laying off the entire city of New York. -from Corporate Executions by Alan Downs.