As I was driving home tonight from eating at the Havana Grill my mind wandered. Remember back in the 1980’s when there was a resurgence for items Made in the U.S.A. and remembering the red, white, and blue star logo plastered all over everything? In rolled the 1990’s, where the bottom dollar became ultimate, jobs were shipped overseas, and the U.S.A. became a consumer nation rather than a production nation. That’s all coming back to bite us in the ass. Look at the scares from the last 10 years: Mad cow disease, melamine-tainted milk that made it into U.S. bound candy, lead paint on toys, toothpaste with diethylene glycol… the list could go on and on. The nation is at it’s highest unemployment rate in 26 years. We’re on the verge of another “Buy American” campaign, not only to protect the consumer, but to create jobs. The economy cannot survive another roller coaster ride of fuel costs, or pay to import and then recall goods. Buy American. Save jobs. And you can trace how the product is regulated and tested. Seems like a good plan for me.