Man Tries To Buy Only American For A Year
And Mike Catherwood found out it’s much more expensive.
Take the classic “Born in the USA” outfit: blue jeans, white T-shirt, work boots. The three items, all USA-made, cost $421: domestic-made Levi’s 501s ($178), American Apparel white T-shirt ($18) and classic Red Wing work boots ($225). The same outfit with imported goods is far cheaper: Brahma-brand work boots from Walmart ($33), a white Hanes T-shirt ($6) and Gap classic blue jeans ($60) add up to cost less than $100.
“People are fearful that trade is harmful and they only see that its costing us jobs,” said Jason Taylor, an economic historian at Central Michigan University. “But these lower prices keep the cost of living down for every American, but it’s especially relevant for the lower and middle-class.”