That’s a quote from Chuck Baldwin‘s campaign for president of the Constitution Party (a right-wing US political party). Here’s Chuck’s take on foreign goods and how Beirut fits into it:
The thinking goes that if foreign-made products cost the same amount as goods produced in the U.S., people would be more inclined to buy American. That would mean more production on U.S. soil, he says, and more jobs stateside. “Today, parts of Detroit look like Beirut, Lebanon,” Baldwin says. “Our jobs are still there, but they’re in Mexico, India and China. We need to get our country producing again.”
While trying to get your country producing again, I would recommend producing a better comparison while you’re at it. I’ll be sending out your Looks Like Beirut certificate this weekend.