There are many groups and businesses that keep the Buy American movement going strong, offering the public a hearty diet of lists of products blessed as "truly" made in the USA, essays on child labor abroad, and news about pertinent congressional action and U.S. companies endangered by foreign competition.

And there is no issue too large nor too small for them to tackle. The most recent edition of the Made in the USA Foundation's newsletter identifies the nation's homeless as victims of massive trade deficits and calls for a boycott of "all-American" McDonald's Happy Meals because they often come with imported plastic toys.

According to the Made in the USA organization database, a "Made in the U.S.A." label can now grace any product whose "content consists of 51 percent or more of domestically produced or manufactured parts, labor and or value-added content or any combination thereof." Since January, some 48 House resolutions or Senate bills have dealt with proper labeling of foreign goods and requirements for federal agencies to Buy American; Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. (D-Ohio), a Buy America Foundation advisory board member and defender of the Buy America Act of 1933, continues to push for a toll-free consumer hotline under the Federal Trade Commission that would offer an audio listing of American-made products worth more than $250. The measure is still under consideration in the House.