Indeed, I was always taught when growing up that I should buy American whenever I could. I soon learned as I became an adult that wasn’t always possible. For instance, it was very difficult to buy a television which was made in America, glassware, or even clothes and linen. Today, it’s almost impossible to even by a light bulb made in the US. There are no computers that I know of made completely in the United States, and even if one or two brands are partially assembled here, the components come from everywhere.Even a car made in the United States has components coming everywhere else. It’s just getting really tough, and yet we are told it’s important to buy American. Do they mean buying from an American company, or buying a product which was actually manufactured here; from the ground up? Name that product; I’d really like to know what it is. Okay so, let’s talk about this for a second, and let’s talk of one of the largest companies in the United States by market cap.Indeed, there has been a lot of talk about Apple Computers perhaps building more of their products here in the United States. A few years ago President Obama and Steve Jobs had talked, and the President asked Steve how come they weren’t making Apple iPhones, iPads, and computers in the United States. Steve then gave President Obama a lecture on many of the reasons why including the challenges of getting computer engineers, and the cost of dealing with the onerous regulations here in the states.There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on December 7, 2012 by Jessica E. Lessin and James R. Hagerty; “A Mac That’s Made in the USA.” The article noted that Apple will be investing some $100 million in a new manufacturing facility here in the United States to build Mac computers (in 2013) and that Apple spent $9.5 billion in new manufacturing facilities and equipment in other parts of the world just last year.The article quoted an analyst who stated that this was more or less a trial, and whether it worked or not, at least Apple could say that it tried to manufacture in the United States. Apparently, Apple will be putting in high-tech manufacturing robots to assist in this process.As you probably read over the years Apple has come under fire because it main vendors in Asia have been accused of exploiting the low cost labor there. The good PR and image that Apple will receive by doing this is a positive thing, but it really will be only a drop in the bucket to their overall product manufacturing.Better some than none I’d say, and yet, the reality is what it is, and the writing is already on the walls, and therefore we should consider all this before we condemn any American Corporation. I hope you will please think on it.