More ‘Made in America’: Scouring Washington, D.C. for Domestic Goods

Feb 25, 2011 2:18pm

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl scoured Washington in his quest to find ‘Made in America’ products for sale in the nation’s capital and at the Smithsonian. He didn’t find much. Some of what he found aired Thursday night on World News with Diane Sawyer.

But we thought it would be interesting to put together some of the material that didn’t make air.

Here are couple of things we noticed:

First, vendors said they want to sell American goods. But which goods they sell is a business decision, not a symbolic one. The American- made goods are typically more expensive and visitors choose not to buy the higher cost items.

Second, tourists told Jonathan that they were aware of the preponderance of material made overseas for sale at the gift shops. They told us that buying goods made overseas wouldn’t help combat our high unemployment rate. They easily saw the irony of buying symbols of the United States’ democracy, made overseas, and by workers in countries that have a far different political system than we enjoy here.

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