Anyways, the reason I'm doing my project is not just to do a wacky experiment seeing if it's possible to wear 100% Made in USA clothing. I've now determined that it is possible, especially if you live in SoCal. I want to support the American economy, and I truly believe that the only way we can ever really have a good economy is if people have jobs. There are only so many "white collar" officey jobs, and there are only so many service jobs. There are statistically not enough office jobs for every single person to have one. Also, if many people are unemployed then they won't have the cash to go to a restaurant or Starbucks, etc. and buy something (or they will spend less). Therefore, the people in the service industry are also hurting.
Some say that this is simply now a "consumer economy" and we are not a manufacturing nation anymore. But without people having jobs, we can't be good consumers (unless we're in debt).
It's a cycle that perpetuates itself, because if people don't have jobs, they won't have the money to shop and spend the extra few bucks on a Made in USA product (supporting higher wages, job security, and good working environments, mandated by the USA). Without a decent paying job, anyone will look for a cheaper option, but every time we don't buy American made, we are setting ourselves back.
By buying American made we are supporting another American who will then take their wages/salary and spend it on a cup of coffee at Starbucks, or an American made dress (tuxedo, you name it), therefore supporting another American job. I'd like to think that with every thing I've bought for this project, I've helped another person keep their job. Every single person in the USA benefits by buying Made in USA!