July 8, 2016

One could easily argue that Donald Trump is running for President as a hat-selling enterprise. And he has bragged repeatedly about how much effort he took to make sure they were made in the USA. ABC News:

Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats tout they are "Made in USA." Not necessarily always the case, an Associated Press review found.

The iconic, baseball-style hats are indeed stitched together at a small factory in the Los Angeles area. But at least one of the hats in a small sample tested by the AP and an outside expert did not contain the specific type of American-made fabric the hats' manufacturer insists his factory always uses to make each one.

The true origin of the fabric in that hat remains a mystery — whether U.S.- or foreign-made and by whom — and a striking example of how difficult and murky it can be to verify something is actually "Made in USA." The Republican presidential candidate has made it a cornerstone of his campaign that U.S. companies and individuals should aim for that standard to bring back American jobs, even if it costs more.

Informed of the AP's findings, Trump said any misrepresentation would be unacceptable. "I pay a good price for that hat. If it's not made in the USA, we'll bring a lawsuit."

OF COURSE he will! That's his standard response to everything. Boy howdy, Trump keeps the attorneys busy.

But he and his campaign are in complete denial about where manufacturing, and indeed, talent and employment, are in America and the world. There is more we can do to keep jobs in the United States and especially invest in infrastructure. But we are a huge part of the GLOBAL economy and as such we do use and provide materials and services across borders. The world is that way, and building walls and making fake promises to "bring jobs back" isn't going to create employment for US workers.

Read and learn, Donald:

As an incredibly ironic footnote, Britain has discovered that in order to execute the "Brexit" from the European Union, it is going to be necessary for them to IMPORT workers who possess the knowledge of international contracts. Turns out England has a shortage of trade negotiators, and will need to hire foreign workers to do the paperwork to leave the EU.

You can't make this stuff up. Never forget all the peaches left to rot on the ground when Georgia decided in 2012 they'd had enough of Mexican farm labor.

We're a global economy, Donald. And more Americans would be at work today if we acted like it, instead of planning for a wall Mexico will never fund.

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