Interesting article here on how our beloved Congress dropped the "Buy America" language in a current Defense bill. Bush obviously will sign (when hasn't he) and now we will abandon our own country's manufacturing capabilities.
I still tend to lean towards competition and 'best price' practices, but when considering what we are purchasing, one must consider the outcome. When this bill passes, the Air Force would then be flying European manufactured Refueling Tankers as opposed to "Made in the USA" military products. Of course the bill won't be questioned - even Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif who inserted the "Buy America" language laid down on the removal.
Saving tax money = losing jobs. Hmmmm. Tough one.