EPISODE 24   |   May 2, 2019

AMERICA ICON

PART THREE

Can manufacturing jobs really come back to the United States? We hear the story of American baseball cap manufacturer Mitch Cahn, who's even made red caps for a certain NYC real estate mogul turned President. Mitch tells us how he's been able to survive and thrive, and what America needs to do to bring manufacturing back to our soil. This is Part Three of a three-part episode.

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EPISODE 24   |   May 2, 2019

AMERICA FIRST

PART THREE

Can manufacturing jobs really come back to the United States? We hear the story of American baseball cap manufacturer Mitch Cahn, who's even made red caps for a certain NYC real estate mogul turned President. Mitch tells us how he's been able to survive and thrive, and what America needs to do to bring manufacturing back to our soil. This is Part Three of a three-part episode.

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Patrick Courrielche: Our coastal elites may find this hard to believe, but there are actually Americans that would rather work in manufacturing than on Wall Street.

Mitch Cahn: I was twenty-five years old. I'd worked on Wall Street for a few years in investment banking and really didn't like finance and wanted to get into manufacturing and started looking for opportunities to start a manufacturing plant…

Patrick Courrielche: I’m Patrick Courrielche and this is Red Pilled America. We’ve been exploring whether manufacturing can really come back to the United States. This is our third and final episode in the series. You don’t need to have heard our last two episodes to understand this one, but just in case you missed them – in Part One, we explained how we were surprised to learn that the overwhelming majority of baseball caps are made overseas. How did this American icon go from Made in America to Made in everywhere but America? So we had an idea, why don’t we make a baseball cap right here in the good ol’ US of A, and through the process let our cap tell the story of American manufacturing. What would we learn? We started by exploring the rise of baseball as it became our national pastime and learned that caps had been made almost exclusively on our soil from the mid-1800s up to the 1970s when America’s free trade policies reached China. In Part Two, we learned that President Abraham Lincoln was a staunch opponent of free trade and believed that it hurt American manufacturing. So he implemented high tariffs and other policies to protect our industries from cheap foreign products. Our country was almost exclusively funded by tariffs and excise taxes up to the early 1900s and America became the world’s top industrial powerhouse. But after World War II, free trade policies with our allies were used as a tool to fight the expansion of communism during the Cold War. The effort was a strategic geopolitical success – but our leaders took their eye off the ball. There was nothing free about free trade, because our so-called trading “partners” did not reciprocate…they didn’t allow the import of American goods. After President Nixon made an historic trip to China in 1972 – America began opening up its markets to China and other countries, and sped up the systematic reduction and removal of tariffs and import quotas that protected our manufacturing industry. By the 1990s, our country was flooded with cheap foreign products…and the baseball cap, an American icon, became a foreign product.

So, can we really bring manufacturing back to our soil? To find the answer we’re going to talk to an American baseball cap manufacturer to understand how he’s been able to stay in business – and get his insight into what it would take to bring this vital know how back to our land.

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