A contractor in Montana is arguing that if all Americans increased their purchasing of goods made in the US by 5%, our economic slump would end, and he’s backing up his argument by building homes that are 100% made in the USA. This article in the New York Times describes Anders Lewendal’s effort to build American. It’s not as simple as it sounds. For example, figuring out where the nails in a box of nails was manufactured can be difficult. Imagine making that effort for each component in a new home. On the other hand, Mr. Lewendal estimates that building a 100% American home adds only 2-3% to the cost of a new home. And, as the article notes, using materials produced closer to the site has environmental benefits. It’s an interesting idea.