April 24th, 2011 (Sunday)
As reported this past Friday on ABC’s World News (with Diane Sawyer), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is having difficulties finding items which are still made in the United States. As WE all know, the U.S. DoD has long been mandated to only purchase items which are manufactured in the United States. Such a mandate would assure that any necessary items would be available to our armed forces in time of war/international conflict – or so such was reasoned. As WE all also know, the U.S. Federal government could commandeer any manufacturing facility in the U.S. at any time under martial law (regardless of whether such a legal state has remained in place since the time of the U.S. Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, or otherwise). WE are all still further aware, the U.S. government has long-since facilitated the off-shoring of much of the U.S. manufacturing base. As such, it seems ironic that the beloved war machine of the U.S. government has now been befuddled by the contradictions of its own rules and its policy of having to buy made-in-America products but has since moved many of its manufacturers to foreign lands and can no longer buy its products from U.S. manufacturing outlets/operations. In the end, WE are all also aware that the U.S. Federal government merely requires the stroke of a pen to waive any rules or laws that supposedly apply to the Federal government – as the Federal government is apparently exempt from/above any Law/rule which it prefers to claim exemption, regardless of any original intent and likely contrary to the U.S. Federal Constitution as well.
Adam Trotter, P.E. / AVT
Air Force Looks to China When American Manufacturing Falls Short