In 1933, as part of the government’s response to the Great Depression, Congress enacted the Buy American Act (the 1933 Act). The 1933 Act provides that: (1) only articles, materials, and supplies mined, produced or manufactured in the United States can be used for public projects; and (2) all contractors for public construction projects in the United States must use only domestic materials.
With the stroke of the pen Mr. President you can put Americans back to work without the help or hindrance of Congress. Since 20% or greater of the GNP is composed with government spending, this action of requiring “Buy American Act of 1933” would be a tremendous stimulation to our economy, and ruling out our American dollars going overseas, especially to China. I foresee an influx of factories and industry flooding back to America employing millions of American.
Moreover, if the Filibuster in the Senate used by 100% of the Republicans and with Mitch McConnell and the GOP’s real plan to destroy the legacy of President Obama, then President Obama has the power with the stroke of the pen to put American’s back to work with the “Buy American Act of 1933” without Congress and the obstructionist Republicans.
With a “stroke of the pen” President Obama would leave a lasting positive legacy.