Btw Potus, I'm not trying to be mean, but almost any textile/zipper is made somewhere in asia. America simply does not have companies that can compete as manufacturing suppliers for those simply parts. Your old jackets may say, made in Canada, and likely they are cut and sewn together in Canada with parts from Malaysia, China, Taiwan, etc. There is very little that you can by in North America that doesn't support foreign economies, especially China. Without them we'd be wearing sheepskins.
Actually, while most sheepskins on the global market come from Australia and New Zealand, most are tanned in China. I do my homework. I can't completely avoid China, but I do a decent job. I do not buy ANYTHING that SAYS made in China, and wherever there's an option I avoid things with parts sourced from China.
We purchased a new Dodge Nitro last year. More than half of the parts were made here in the U.S., and it was assembled in Ohio. There were some parts that came from Canada. There were a lot from Central and South America.
I am not against buying from foreign countries. Just the hostile and objectionable ones. I'm not even against buying Asian. I have purchased numerous items made in Taiwan, Japan, the Phillipines, India, and South Korea without any remorse.
I will admit to purchasing things from Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Thailand; though I'm going to have to do more research on these countries before I truly feel comfortable doing so.
I know I can't completely shut out certain countries, as it is often impossible to determine where some parts are sourced, and sometimes there are no options left. I have found though that if you make an effort you can usually find other options or even do without.
If more people did this, fewer American manufacturers would be so inclined to move everything to China. There would be more jobs here and in nearby friendly places like Canada and Mexico. It would mean lesser threats around the globe as well.
Upset about atrocities in Sudan? Don't buy that Chinese made iPod that gave China enough money to ship the bullets to them. Worried about nuclear weapons in the hands of Iranian fanatics? Don't buy the High Def TV from China that sends more money and materials their way. Want to take the family fishing? Don't buy a new Chinese set-up; get an old American made Zebco at a garage sale or flea market. Keep it out of our landfills and take the money away from funding programs forcing unwilling Chinese women to get abortions. Worried about your child's health, don't buy poisonous toys from China. Other options might be a bit more expensive, but even that's not always the case. The good you'll do will be worth the effort and expense.