While I agree 100% with the homeland purchases, for John and Jane Doe trying to make it on a single fast-food wage, it's tough to justify the 3x to 4x higher costs sometimes on the MIUSA filters, as unfortunately the quality on the MICs seem much more consistent.
I mean, if China can make this filter, ship/truck it 7,200+ miles, and sell it for $2, why the h-e-double hockey sticks can't we make the same quality or better and sell it for $4 while only trucking it 700 miles??
The root cause? Even the really really crappy, poorly manufactured, torn, chewed baseplate filters aren't the real cause of engine failures. Poor maintenance and neglect are.
That said, I think Trump should make an executive order requiring every product MIUSA to have one full side of the package it's in to display the American Flag. What easier way to shop smart, and also to give the person in front of you a hard time for not buying American?