The concept of ‘Buy American’ is long standing Populist Opium. Legislation only memorializes it for future generations to look back and shake their heads at sorta way we shake our heads at the Volstead Act.
Complex Interdependence-the idea that economic linkages exist between states and nonstates prevent such cry’s from becoming reality. A complex craft of machinery, electronic or even not so complex item of clothing can have dozens of participating manufactures. Breaking an item down and redistribution of how it is put back together to avoid import and tariff laws are an industry in itself.