I've always tried to purchase American Made products because I am a strong proponent of keeping Americans - our brothers and sisters - at work. I think globalization is inevitable - but I like to think every little bit I do helps. Here's the thing. I've been in business school for about a year now (another year to go) and am interning at a Fortune 50 corporation. It is amazing that the whole curriculum is centered around efficiencies and promoting the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs or any type of job out of country if a profit can be made. I also see this first hand at my summer internship. The corporate culture ruthlessly promotes a standard of being as cost efficient as possible. I have been in meetings first hand where executives closed down multiple American plants to send the capcity overseas. This was a pure numbers game to them...and in truth...from a business perspective it made sense. This attitude and culture of cost cutting and market efficiencies also permeates throughout all my classes and core curriculum. It's fair to say a lot of my peers will be future business leaders. It is disappointing and disheartening that this is the type of curriculum that is being taught and fostered. A lot of people are also hypocritical in a sense when they say they support American companies because these very companies are constantly focused on cutting costs and shipping overseas. It's so ironic that companies like Kia and Toyota are so focused on creating manufacturing jobs in American to overcome their stigma. Also If you own any stocks, mutual funds, or 401k - what you don't realize is that you are putting pressure on these companies to perform and ONLY focus on profits. There is absolutely no consideration for anything else when it comes down to how much the dividends are (not the people on this board - just a general statement). I have seen guest speakers from corporations like Coke, Procter and Gamble, Colgate, GE, all talk about the how they dramatically save on costs by shipping jobs and manufacturing facilities overseas. Sorry for this rant - but I was just frustrated after working on another case study today that resulted in expanding manufacturing capacity overseas and cutting jobs here. I think we shouldn't blame other countries. They are just trying to make a living. I think it has to start from the core. Our country itself and the very corporations that drive it need a shift in business culture - but sadly I don't ever see this happening.