I understand your thinking.... However, can't agree with it.
If the American public would educate itself (tall order I know) and NOT buy that overseas poser crap, then it would make North American goods, not necessarily American goods, gain some appeal, thus putting the country back on the right path.
We as a people missed an opportunity IMHO with the factory falling down into a pile of death and rubble in Bangladesh.
The crap is NOT cheaper, that is what needs to be beaten into the small unused craniums of the younger generation.
The fact that the failed bridge was built in the mid '50's speaks volumes to me that the term "they don't build them like that anymore" is never more profound than today.
To blame the issue on the bridge is ridiculous, blame it on what it is. An accident. The driver was 100% at fault, there is still the potential that there was some embellishment on the part of the permitting process, yet to be proven or dis-proven.
Had we built the Bay Bridge with American components, by Americans, the value of the bridge would be higher. I don't care if most of the workers in China were American. It's all smoke an mirrors folks.
How many people consider their US built Toyota or Honda an American car? In truth, it is not...... Never has been, never will be. If we don't start investing in ourselves and stop investing in other countries that would rather see us burst into flames, then we have a snowballs chance in Death Valley in July.
It sickens me to the core that society thinks it is OK to utilize slave labor while destroying the environment, but hey!, as long as it's not happening here.... Wake up, it's the same planet.
And it is the fault of the China man if you want to get cheeky, the overseas market has a DIRECT influence on the wholesale and retail markets here. How can Billy Bob's machine and foundry compete with someone in a third world country where materials are subsidized by us and the labor pool is both endless and without any legal representation at all? You can't.
Try not to strike any bridges...