"When people feel compelled to buy local, buy American, they generally spend more money, which means they have less to spend on other things or to save," Ikenson says.
Made-in-USA goods can be pricey and elusive. Just ask Trump →
"In real terms, U.S. factories produced more output (looking at straight output or value added) last year than ever before in history," says Dan Ikenson, director of trade policy studies at the free market Cato Institute.
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