As I opened my Christmas gifts, I came to the realization that none of my gifts were made in the United States. A shirt from China, another shirt from Indonesia, a tablet made in China, and a radio-controlled car made in China. Later in the day, when I took some medicine, one pill was made in India and the other was made in Israel. Then when I got on the Internet, I used a router made in China and a laptop made in China. It was so distressing that I had a drink made in Scotland.

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