The reality is that we all do indeed buy imported goods at least occasionally. It's almost impossible not to with how everything is intertwined--from the typical 401k, to the cars we drive.
That said, I do think that if we consciously try to buy more locally made large purchases--it could help a bit. Thing is, how many tv's and so forth are made here? Smartphones? They announced the new release of the i-phone 4S today--are you buying one, do you own any other cell/smart phone? Where are they bullt? On many purchases we have no real control over where they are made. US corporations many times build them where it's cheap to build to maximize profits. Who benefits the most from the many US corporations who choose to manufacture there products overseas? Answer: the wealthiest 3 percent...and hopefully your 401K.
There obviously is a market for Chinese made boats (Mexican and Korean as well), most of these folks can't justify paying the premium that American made boat makers have to charge, for a variety of reasons--usually though, because they can't afford them. At least they can get on a river.
Realize though, that the mess that we're in economically is far more complicated than preaching from a pulpit about how that if we all buy exclusively 'Amercan", we'll somehow turn this thing around quickly.
Instead of kicking a foreign raft buyer around, why not kick a ceo around? While your at it, give yourself a kick too--for electing the politicians who go down on them for padding their war chests...
And shappattack, this is not directly in response to your post--I agree with much of what you state.
Originally Posted by shappattack
I don't know, how is your 401k doing right now? Do you think the solution to the economy is to have every last thing made overseas for us to import. Yes, everyone could afford everything then, but without a job, then you can afford nothing. Every thing is connected. The closer the connections are to your home, the more sustainable is the future. This discussion is so much more than Aire vs Saturn. This typifys the change in the American way/attitude. It used to be work hard and eventually you can get what you want. Now the ethic is, I want/deserve everything now without the work.