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In the midst of a massive fiscal crisis, a take-no-prisoners budget battle, a historically long recession, and two (make that three) wars, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) knows what really matters. 

He's pushing the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to only sell bobble-heads, T-shirts, snow-globes, and other souvenirs that are made in America. After getting a letter from and taking a meeting with the self-described Green Mountain State socialist, the folks at the Smithsonian have agreed to increase the amount of domestically produced junk for sale in their gift shops. They're even constructing a new gift shop solely to products manufactured in America that will be called the Price of Freedom.

During a recent trip to the National Mall, Reason.tv found that such nativist grandstanding plays well with the man in the street, but CATO policy analyst Sallie James says protectionism doesn't come cheap. In fact, top-down attempts to keep Americans in low-level manufacturing jobs is a great way to ruin the economy, whether we're talking about Founding Father thimbles or higher-end electronics.

Produced by Joshua Swain, with help from Meredith Bragg, and hosted by Michael Moynihan.

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  1. I cannot decide whether I should post that Sallie James is smoking hot or post my disgust at all of the other posters who will inevitably come on here and focus on her looks instead of her arguments.

    1. Again, not gonna lie – she’s smokin’ hot. Did she say something?

      1. I saw her lips move a few times, but I was too busy staring to really hear anything.

        1. She is also intelligent.

          1. Yeah, but she’s got “man hands”. Check her pic on CATO

            1. Photoshopped. All part of the conspiracy.

            2. Holy shit. You weren’t kidding.

            3. I dig her geisha-white skin though

    2. My excuse is that this work computer has no speakers. So…yeah, I’d tear that up and I have no idea what she said.

    3. Sallie James has a way with the snark. I respect that. They should have her in more Reason TV segments.

      1. I just want to hear her say “Basebool Caps” a few more times….

        1. I also liked the sarcastic whip-crack she put on “spoon.”

          1. Haven’t watched the video yet, but please tell me the context in which she said “spoon” was: “I see you’ve played knifey-spoony before!”

            1. She suggested that Bernie could stimulate job growth by banning heavy earth-moving machine and make us all dig with spoons. SPoooooooonz!

            2. She could read the dictionary to me. :::sigh:::

    4. She is hot and I love the accent.

      1. Who are you?

        1. When two Tims go to war, one is all you can score.

          1. Attack of the Clones!

            1. OK, I got that out of my system

    5. But is Sallie James married?

      I ask because I really like intelligent women* and I might be in the market for a wife.

      * provided that they’re smoking hot.

    6. You were first to comment, that means you’re creepiest one. You don’t get the girl, unless she’s into creeps.

    7. SALLIE JAMES!

      Lobster who?!

      Dear God I was hoping they would pan to her hands to see if she was single.

  2. Not gonna lie – it was a little disappointing when, after finally getting to visit Mount Rushmore (and Crazy Horse Monument) a couple years ago, ALL the tchotschke was “Fabrique’ en Chine”. Seemed a bit…wrong.

    OTOH, we bought all the shit and haven’t given it a second thought.

    And the very idea of a moron like Sanders involving himself in something like this – well, it’s so totally unsurprising. Isn’t it?

    1. “And the very idea of a moron like Sanders involving himself in something like this – well, it’s so totally unsurprising. Isn’t it?”
      I know it is for me. I always thought he was a genius.

  3. Also, excuse me, but it rather sounds as though Sallie James is Made in England.

    DEY TUK RRR JERRRRRRRBS!!one!!!1

    1. sounds as though Sallie James is Made in England

      Perhaps. But apparently she has no trouble getting made in America either.

  4. Sallie James is attractive. Bernie Sanders is not. However, I refuse to sit here and be lectured on what Americans do best by someone with a British accent. I still remember what they did to us at the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Alamo.

    AMERICA, FUCK YEAH.

    1. She’s Australian. That makes the lecturing okay.

      1. That’s even worse. They gave us Schwarzenegger and Hitler.

        1. Sure sure. But we like the Australian school of economics don’t we?

          1. If you like people waltzing Matilda right out the door with your hard earned scratch. Thievery is their ecomonics. They were started as a penal colony (tee hee), don’t you know. They don’t even celebrate summer the same time we do.

            1. This is a family site. We don’t need all that talk about penile colons!

            2. that you’ve got in your tuckerbag!?

          2. Only because a lot of “monocles” can be found down under if ya know what I mean mate.

        2. I cried a bit when I read your post and follow up because I can’t tell if you are joking or not.

          You are 1 out of 3 for British attacks and 0 for 1 on Geography. What category would you like next?

          The problem with “free trade” is we tie our hands then wonder why we aren’t competing very well. Send the EPA, OSHA and the Labor board over to China to inspect the plants that make our trinkets.

          1. Uh, he’s completely joking. Recalibrate your humor detector.

          2. “I cried a bit when I read your post and follow up because I can’t tell if you are joking or not.”

            I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live without a sarcasm/irony/joke detector.

            1. Unfortunately, I know people that are this dumb and they are usually vocal about sharing their ignorance.

            2. I can.

              And don’t call me Shirley.

          3. Good God man! Stiff upper lip and all….Cheerie-o.

          4. Adjustment is not required if you have a learning humor detector. Then the funny will jump at you in the HnR.

        3. Austria, not Australia.

      2. So she also speaks Austrian?

        1. That’s what the moron Obama thinks Austrians speak.

    2. Don’t forget their burning of Washington, D.C., during the Hundred Years War.

      1. Didn’t they bomb Pearl Harbor, too?

      2. I thought that was a mark in their favor here at reason.

        1. Maybe if it had stayed burnt. As is, we just had to pay for it twice.

        2. They just haven’t done it recent enough.

      3. It’s pure propaganda!

      4. Overdue for another one of those, don’t you think?

    3. And they blew up the bridge on the river kwai and shot William Holden!

      1. Stupid limeys, taking pride in their work. Good thing the Americans came along just in time to drop that train into the drink. Take that, Charlie!

    4. “I still remember what they did to us at the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Alamo.”
      Yer kinda get’n up thar in age.

  5. sed “s:nf:n:g”

  6. I could listen to her and the Tankspot girl read me Krugman’s columns for hours and NOT want him to be trampled by angry boars.

    1. How about have her read what he use to write before he was trampled by angry boars?

  7. I’d accuse Bernie of racism.

    “So you’re telling me, I should support a price point that allows an American to be paid $10 / hr to screw heads onto plastic dolls, when a Chinaman is willing to do it in exchange for not being whipped?”

    1. “Chinaman”?…speaking of racism.

      1. It’s not racist, it’s countryist.

      2. …that was part of the joke.

  8. #1. Privatize the Museums.
    #2. Don’t use my tax dollars to buy Chink goods.

    Still, I will admit that between chinks and beaners, I like the chinks better. At least the chinks aren’t demanding bilingual education and pro-Chinese history classes in America.

    http://libertarians4freedom.blogspot.com/

    1. I really, really hope you DIAF, you penny-polishing, free-riding, blogwhore welfare queen. You disgust me to the core.

      1. Can a sockpuppet ever truly die? Or do they just fade away?

        1. I think they get lost behind the dryer.

              1. Story of my life…

        2. They usually get a hole in the back of their head.

        3. Lambchop is extinct. All of Mr. Rogers little friends and that low-rent kingdom perished with him.

          1. But they had high speed rail!

      2. Aw, more love from the progressive left. So, are you against privatizing “public” museums? Gee, I thought you were a libertarian.

    2. Remember folks, according to Mr. Smith, if you’re not a mouth-breathing racist like he is, you’re not a real libertarian!

      1. Yeah – and how we know HE’S not a Chink or a Beaner? Huh?!

        1. Honkeys only…

          1. Gregory Smith is not a racist.

            Although he is too redstate friendly, he does not support race based laws or policies.

            1. chinks and beaners

              You’re telling me those words aren’t racial slurs?

              1. Not if you’re talking about armor and restaurants.

              2. I find the word “fatty” offensive, gee, too bad fat people aren’t a race.

                Chinks and beaners are word comedians use, so is the n-word, so is “nigga,” so is queer, so are many other words.

                Are they racial slurs? Not when you use them in jest.

      2. Race-baiting, are we? Tell me, why is it ok for blacks to make fun of whites but not viceversa? Gee, maybe you should start a blog, call it: “Politically Correct Libertarian: Where you’re free as long as you say the right things.”

  9. Why is Bernie Sanders opposing his fellow socialist brethern taking money away from the willing petty bourgeosie capitalists?

    1. Because Sanders views the Maoist Chinese as filthy “revisionists”

    2. Bernie would make us overpay for those extra-special, ‘Merican-made ropes to be hung from.

  10. Why so timid, Bernie? Let Minnesota show you how it’s done…

    325E.65 SALE OF AMERICAN FLAGS.

    No person in the business of offering goods at retail may sell or offer for sale in this state an American flag unless the flag was manufactured in the United States of America.

    1. What’s wrong with that law? WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA AND/OR FREEDOM?!?!

      1. 0x90 clearly wishes that The Ground Zero Mosque of Death were being built.

        *shakes fist at 0x90*

  11. At least he sells great fried chicken…

    1. No, no – that’s his cousin, Barry. Bernie’s the one who played running back for the Lions. Went to OK State, ran like a jitterbug…Bernie Sanders. #20.

  12. Can we get a little honest reporting please? Shouldn’t you guys print the truth?

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (C-Vt.)

    1. Is “C” for Colonel?

      1. It’s actually for “cocksucker”.

      2. “Crinklebinde”, you cretinous cretin.

        1. Awful alliteration sans sucre.

      3. Man you are right, that is just what I was thinking, I just didn’t realize it. Sanders is so stupid he just turned himself in to a fried chicken selling southerner. The people of Vt will have this dude out on a pike in no time.

    2. C = cuntstain?

  13. She’s hot but she forgets the world needs ditch diggers too (read Bobble Head makers). Not everyone has the aptitude to build airplanes. I’d rather the money went to our ditch diggers instead of China’s, which would drastically reduce the welfare rolls.

    1. How about getting eliminating our welfare rolls and letting our ditch digger emmigrate to somewhere where their labor is needed?

    2. Everybody must live, and what would become of the glaziers if panes of glass were never broken?

      1. Well, they wouldn’t be glaziers anymore…

        But since glass never breaking would require technology well ahead of Bastiat’s time or a change in the laws of physics, I’m going to say we need a better example.

    3. She’s quite cute, true. But her argument is ass, on several levels. First off, we don’t need to choose between building airplanes or bullshit trickets. We could just as easily build both here, thanks. Bernie did nothing wrong, he merely shamed the Smith execs into putting US goods on the shelf alongside the Chicrap. It’s up to the customer to decide what gets brought up to the counter. As for the price point, many (most) Americans into trinket buying at the Smith would probably be willing to shell out another 10-spot when the price is framed in the right context: American jobs. Because we can’t all be “service industry” workers..just not enough gift shop and pizza hut vacancies, sorry.

  14. Sanders is like all dick lick socialists….a dumb fuck. Why would someone want to by cheaply made,low quality union made American shit. When they can buy high quality Chinese made stuff at 1/2 the price.

    1. And further more the museum should be self supporting and NOT using tax payer dollars!

    2. Shouls read …want to buy…

      1. What the hell Should read “should”!!!

        1. All that and not a single squirrel to blame.

          tsk, tsk

    3. Yeah. I can get a Chinese Marxist for like a tenth the price of Bernie Sanders. Outsource his stupid ass.

  15. WE MUST CLOSE THIS RUBBER CHICKEN GAP

    1. You mean to tell me rubber chickens are made in China….is nothing sacred?!?!

      1. He meant chicken rubbers.

        1. Wouldn’t that be rooster rubbers?

          1. By Jove I think he’s got me!

  16. OT
    More great news
    Industry builds constellation type rocket in 1/10th the time of the failed NASA bloat.

    http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com…..-big-thing

    1. Saw that this afternoon. Can we call it the USS Awesome?

      The reason industry did it cheaper and quicker was because, unlike government, SpaceX couldn’t afford to squander taxpayer dollars if it didn’t work the first time. They had to come up with something fast, and plan efficiently for how to run it.

      Those evil profit-seeking capitalist exploiters, opening up the universe to humanity!!

    2. SpaceX noted that 117,000 pounds is more than the maximum takeoff weight of a fully loaded Boeing 737-200 with 136 passengers.

      You can’t send a fully loaded 737-200 into space! My God, they’ll suffocate in the cold, lifeless vacuum! The humanity!

  17. Wow. I have to admit someone flips the juvenile switch around here when a pretty face shows up…even if she’s got cool things to say and a Ph.D.

    That trope about libertarians living in Mom’s basement indeed.

    1. Oh please. FoxNews figured this out years ago. Glenn Beck was the last show not to feature a hot chick for expert commentary in their lineup and now he’s out. Conspiracy or just economics?

  18. That bozo politician has clones in other countries. If all these politicians got there way, every country would try to export more than they import, all would set up a car industry, aircraft industry, entertainment industry etc. All those politicians would remain perplexed why their clever plan did not work.

  19. And here I thought bobble-headed doll smuggling only happened in Firefly!

    1. Although he has too many GOP friendly points of view, Gregory Smith is not a racist. He does not support race based laws or policies.

      1. Thanks, I was really wondering what your opinion on that issue was. Now go back to your “negro communist” assassination fantasies.

      2. Why are you tying racism to supporting racist laws? Racist simply means that you dislike people of other races, because they’re another race. You could be a statist or anarchist racist.

        If I said, “I hate all blacks, and want all the Mexicans to go back to Mexico” I’m still a racist, whether or not I support any laws to that effect.

        1. Actually that’s not what it means.

          It’s often used to mean that, but what it meant (at least in the past) is that you believe one race to be inferior to another.

          Few people are racists, nearly all are prejudiced.

        2. True, but if you said “I want all ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to Mexico” the progressives would still call me racist.

          So to the race baiters here, let me define racism for you. Racism is the belief that one race is superior to the another race.

          I use terms like chinks and beaners because Mexicans use terms like gringos and blacks use words like crackers and honkys. So I feel what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  20. Kan I get a Chinese-made Obama bobble-head? That would look kool in my limo.

  21. Bernie’s whole career is based on protectionism. I remember meeting him when I was a kid and he was holding a campaign event at my grandfather’s farm, going on about protecting Vermont farmers from the evil Midwesterners and their low, low milk prices.

    1. If Bernie had had his way you’d still be milkin them cows.

  22. a new gift shop solely to products manufactured in America that will be called the Price of Freedom.

    That’s just droll.

    Especially considering they will undoubtedly have to charge more for the American-made stuff.

  23. To only sell them as opposed to doing something else with them? Who edits this shit?

  24. top-down basket converse attempts to keep Americans in low-level manufacturing jobs is a great way to ruin the economy, whether we’re talking about Founding Father Jack Purcell Converse thimbles or higher-end electronics.

    1. You sugarfreed the link.

  25. they will undoubtedly have to charge more for the American-made

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  27. So the most shocking thing about this thread is not Bernie’s idiocy, nor the average American’s knee-jerk “buy America first” ugly nationalistic tendencies, but rather that there are otherwise reasonably intelligent commenters here who can’t tell an Australian accent from an English accent. Seriously?!? What the hell? How sheltered and unworldly, or just totally oblivious, do you have to be to make that mistake?

    I mean, I could understand not being able to tell the differences between an English RP and a midlands accent, or, I suppose, even between an Australian and a New Zealand accent (though don’t tell a New Zealander that). But English and Australian?! What else is tough for you to distinguish? French and Spanish? Russian and Japanese?

    And I thought I had a tin ear…

  28. There is an increase in my private sector, if you know what I mean.

  29. She’s quite cute, true. But her argument is ass, on several levels. First off, we don’t need to choose between building airplanes or bullshit trickets. We could just as easily build both here, thanks. Bernie did nothing wrong, he merely shamed the Smith execs into putting US goods on the shelf alongside the Chicrap. It’s up to the customer to decide what gets brought up to the counter. As for the price point, many (most) Americans into trinket buying at the Smith would probably be willing to shell out another 10-spot when the price is framed in the right context: American jobs. Because we can’t all be “service industry” workers..just not enough gift shop and pizza hut vacancies, sorry.

  30. She’s quite cute, true. But her argument is ass, on several levels. First off, we don’t need to choose between building airplanes or bullshit trickets. We could just as easily build both here, thanks. Bernie did nothing wrong, he merely shamed the Smith execs into putting US goods on the shelf alongside the Chicrap. It’s up to the customer to decide what gets brought up to the counter. As for the price point, many (most) Americans into trinket buying at the Smith would probably be willing to shell out another 10-spot when the price is framed in the right context: American jobs. Because we can’t all be “service industry” workers..just not enough gift shop and pizza hut vacancies, sorry.

  31. She’s quite cute, true. But her argument is ass, on several levels. First off, we don’t need to choose between building airplanes or bullshit trickets. We could just as easily build both here, thanks. Bernie did nothing wrong, he merely shamed the Smith execs into putting US goods on the shelf alongside the Chicrap. It’s up to the customer to decide what gets brought up to the counter. As for the price point, many (most) Americans into trinket buying at the Smith would probably be willing to shell out another 10-spot when the price is framed in the right context: American jobs. Because we can’t all be “service industry” workers..just not enough gift shop and pizza hut vacancies, sorry.

  32. She’s quite cute and all, true. But her argument is ass, on several levels. First off, no need to choose between building airplanes or bullshit trickets. We could just as easily build both here, thanks. Bernie did nothing wrong, he merely shamed the Smith execs into putting US goods on the shelf alongside the Chicrap. It’s up to the customer to decide what gets brought up to the counter. As for the price point, many (most) Americans into trinket buying at the Smith would probably be willing to shell out another 10-spot when the price is framed in the right context: American jobs. Because we can’t all be “service industry” workers..just not enough gift shop and pizza hut vacancies, sorry.

  33. Her argument is ass, on several levels. First off, no need to choose between building airplanes or bullshit trickets. We could just as easily build both here, thanks. Bernie did nothing wrong, he merely shamed the Smith execs into putting US goods on the shelf alongside the Chicrap. It’s up to the customer to decide what gets brought up to the counter. As for the price point, many (most) Americans into trinket buying at the Smith would probably be willing to shell out another 10-spot when the price is framed in the right context: American jobs. Because we can’t all be “service industry” workers..just not enough gift shop and pizza hut vacancies, sorry.

  34. She’s quite cute, true. But her argument is ass, on several levels. First off, no need to choose between building airplanes or bullshit trickets. We could just as easily build both here, thanks. Bernie did nothing wrong, he merely shamed the Smith execs into putting US goods on the shelf alongside the Chicrap. It’s up to the customer to decide what gets brought up to the counter. As for the price point, many (most) Americans into trinket buying at the Smith would probably be willing to shell out another 10-spot when the price is framed in the right context: American jobs. And really, if this point was driven home with, say, a tv commercial shown as frequently as they show erectile dysfunction ads, our small goods mfg would be back in fighting shape. As for her call about developing the “service industry” as a replacement for manufacturing, whoops, just not enough gift shop and pizza hut vacancies out there, sorry.

  35. Don’t appreciate your article opening, implying this is Sen. Sander’s top priority. Senator Sanders has done more to fight against corrupt spending, corporate loopholes, war-hawking than most other politicians. Please don’t belittle that.

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