: Don't tell me what to do. Isn't that the resounding cheer from the angry mob? If I want to buy a shirt made in China then why shouldn't I? Who are you to tell me I should buy local or keep engineering jobs local? Don't we rage against the government when they try to pass laws to keep jobs here, claiming they're putting an undue burden on business owners? Don't you just love that rhetoric?
Look, we need to worry less about where a job is and worry more about the consequences of our actions. If I buy that shirt in China then I contribute to their economy, possibly at the expense of our own. Sure, I can start to rationalize that shirts from China contribute to jobs here or that it's better from China than a sweat shop in Bangladesh, but in reality, even buying "local" isn't just that simple.
How about, rather than "calling and demanding" which translates into the anathema of "telling someone what to do," you look at your own actions and try to contribute to your economy in a positive way. We're somewhat lucky that much the whitewater gear we buy is available from US manufacturers. If, however, I tell you that those same manufacturers purchase products from the global economy, do we call and harass them? Stop buying their products? It's far too complex to stand on a soap box and proclaim that "voting with our dollars" is the answer.
I'll first try to take responsibility for my own actions. Then, maybe, I can suggest some ways to help. Not play the "evil liberal card" and tell you what to do.
Oh, and just to back up my claim, regarding the plastic in boats manufactured in the US? Made from oil:
(select crude oil for just oil imports)
U.S. Crude Oil Imports