Reclaim American Jobs - America - It is the Little Things - Click Your Heals for Jobs in the USA

Oh, I remember it well, the ruby red slippers that Lyman Frank Baum (an American writer, May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) wrote about for the now world famous book and screenplay Wizard of Oz, the end of the story showcased the power within each and every one of us. Alas, in the book written by Baum, the slippers were not red but silver. Yet, the moral of the story remains true to Baum's original vision - we all have the power within us. For us individually this has always been the case, for a group as large as the United States - multiply that power by our population - . As we face these difficult trails with the Chinese owning 46% of our debt, as we look at the real cost of our public services and pensions, we also must realize, we have the ability to change the course.

We changed course, when we as Americans were enticed by cheap goods and a grandeur and more luxurious lifestyle with products manufactured from China.

And now look who owns our debt. Not Americans, not Europeans, we gave our greatest power - our consumer American dollar to the Chinese.

The good news is the United States Gross Domestic Product GDP remains the highest in the world - giving the United States the ability to readily change our economic circumstances. Read on to learn specifically how each one of us can contribute.

Make It In America

colorful poster that states in red white and blue Make it in America
colorful poster that states in red white and blue Make it in America | Source

Population World 6 Billion - US 305 Million

"6,671,226,000 July 1, 2007 100% UN estimate

1 People's Republic of China[3] 1,324,947,000 July 15, 2008 19.86% Chinese Population clock

2 India 1,135,399,700 July 15, 2008 17.02% [ Indian Population clock]

3 United States 304,601,000 July 15, 2008 4.57% Official USA Population clock"

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/The_US_population_compared_to_the_world's_population#ixzz1UTnQtAsv

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Current American Debt Crisis

The current American debt crisis should make every American stand up and be counted. Check your own families check book and see where you spend your hard earned money. Are those cheap Chinese goods helping your neighbors with much needed jobs? Could the foreclosure next door have been thwarted IF the family had good paying jobs?

The squeeze we Americans feel is not from the Chinese, it is from ourselves. We have put ourselves in the vice.

Americans have not just purchased, we have vigorously purchased foreign goods. Let's admit it, we have purchased goods to the excess. Take a look at the extensive holiday decorations. In purchasing in this gluttonous manner, we have shipped our American jobs overseas, have taken our neighbor's job away from them and have started down the road where our children and grandchildren will be forced to live overseas to earn a living.

Is the cost savings of the goods we have in household worth the cost of our future?

I would gladly return the majority of my items and buy one American item IF I could end the hurt of the families and the unemployed.

After 911, a wise man shared with me he was going to purchase an American car, start shopping for American goods and change his lifestyle as a tribute to our service men and women who have given their lives for freedom.

World Density Map

GDP Density world map in red yellow and orange
GDP Density world map in red yellow and orange | Source

The Mother of the Earth Died on 08/24/410

If you know your world history, you will recall that Rome was once invincible. Rome was the eptitome of civilization, the center of commerce, the center of the arts, an advanced government with all of the comforts afforded its citizens. Yet on August 24th, 410, the glory of Rome was gone forever, the Dark Ages began on that very day in history. Many call that day the date that the Mother of the Earth died. A very appropriate analogy. Let's review history that touches each and every one of us. The interesting fact is Rome fell because of starvation, and internal strife.

History Repeats Itself

Education is a wonderful thing. History is not dead, it is alive because it repeats itself. Humans do not change, events created by humans are duplicated throughout the ages over and over again. The fall of Rome, the Sack of the greatest nation in the world at that point in our history has been labelled the Death of the Mother of the Earth. Rome fell to outsiders because of starvation. An interesting point that every nation in the world must note. A great community leader always seeks to have their community be self sufficient. Having food is a life's essential.

Our food industry must be protected. The movement that is currently underway where small farmers are replaced by large enterprises and where small food processing manufacturers are replaced by large privately owned companies should be an antitrust concern. More importantly, it should be a concern of every American for basic survival.

Buying foreign goods is only made worst by buying foreign food. The next time you are shopping, read the labels and you will be surprised. YOu currently have a choice - you CAN buy pasta made in the USA or in Italy. The $3 bottle of wine could be either a foreign wine or it could be a California wine.

Do the little purchases matter? Most certainly. It is the little purchases that have power when done in volume.


Important Email I Received

Don't believe me that the power is within our hands? Take a look at the email I received about light bulbs. It details the very fact that we have been discussing on this blog. We, as Americans, must take note of what we are purchasing. Our purchasing power is one of the greatest in the world and yet we are giving that power away every time we purchase an item - even a light bulb counts.

Support American Jobs

"One Light Bulb at a Time?

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, but a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value.. " I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price.. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets ... . . Yep, you guessed it, bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!


I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it, I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA . Start looking.


In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else -- even their job.

My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now.

I do not buy it any more.


My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... Now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA- the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

(We should have awakened a decade a go.)


If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!


Let's get with the program .. Help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U.S.A. ..

I Passed this on ......... Will you ???????"

Buy American Made

Buy American made. When shopping take the time to buy American. Don't stop reading labels at the grocery store - many basics such as pasta are made overseas. California wine is now just as competitively priced as some foreign wines and just as good IF not better. Share with your store manager your concern. Remember the store manager is working for you - they need to hear what you want to buy.

Buy American - Stop the Bleeding of Jobs

When the United State's economy sank, so did the jobs and the profits of steel companies. Listen to Leslie Stahl and hear what happened to the steel workers.

Cheap imports, unsustainable pension benefits, 32 steel companies went out of business. The industry bounced back because of automation, consolidation and China. Steel is once again at the mercy of government. Buy America steel but buy America - it is a trade war around the world that the United States has not shown up for. Is he a protectionist? Free trade or protectionism?

However, what would happen IF government weren't involved? What would happen if the American consumer demanded American made? Would the grasshoppers on the train track would emerge?

75% of Catapillar steel is American made. If the world takes the "Buy American" as a hostile act, would it cost more American jobs?

Google's Tax-Evasion Scheme Costs BILLIONS - $3 Billion

Global Competition and Tax Structure

Corporate Charters Overseas

We have purchased goods from overseas, we have allowed services to be handled overseas and we are now allowing our mega giants such as Google and Accenture and Walmart to incorporate overseas and pay much needed taxes overseas.

America - the game of commerce is now global. Learn the rules and respond or be prepared to take the consequences.

"G.E. is so good at avoiding taxes that some people consider its tax department to be the best in the world, even better than any law firm’s. One common strategy is maximizing the amount of profit that is officially earned in countries with low tax rates."

"Google, the owner of the world’s most popular search engine, uses a strategy that has gained favor among such companies as Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The method takes advantage of Irish tax law to legally shuttle profits into and out of subsidiaries there, largely escaping the country’s 12.5 percent income tax".

What You Drive - Drives America

Ruby Red Slippers - Click Your Heels

Ruby Red Slippers from Wizard of Oz worn by Dorothy in her blue dress and blue socks
Ruby Red Slippers from Wizard of Oz worn by Dorothy in her blue dress and blue socks | Source

America - Click Your Heels - Buy American

America, the power is within you - click your heels, buy American.

Ask for American made products.

Celebrate those who spend the extra time, effort and hard earned dollars to buy American made products and services.

Share these stories of the light bulb and of the grass hopper with your friends and family - America - let's put Americans back to work!


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Author's Postscript

Yes, the final image is from a company in China - they are celebrating the movie the Wizard of Oz - which truly is American made but the photo itself is from a Chinese company. NOTE: I gave then credit where credit is due but no link. This image will probably be pulled IF they read the message I have given to you.

© 2011 American_Choices

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American Romance 5 years ago from America

I agree with buy American made! I will remind myself to do more of it!...........I might not ever purchase a chevy though........I don't want a vehicle owned and controlled by the likes of the unionized and Obama administration!


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

Buy American made, that is kinda funny. Considering more Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining, and utilities combined. We don't hardly produce anything anymore.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Nice to see you back, AC. How is everything in the Badger State? I have been at my usual mischief.

This was an interesting article and I count my hand among others to deliberately investigate the products that I buy with an determination to "Buy American" as the job you save might well be your own or that of your neighbor. How do you reconcile Leslie's argument in the 60 minutes piece as to which approach does more harm to the American economy, protectionism asproposed by one side or this free trade idea as promoted by Caterpiller?

I think that this is one of three problems that hang over our heads, the others being people controlling their appetites for credit and spending beyond their means. I have had to rein things in in that regard in our household now that we are on retired fixed incomes.

The other is our failure to properly invest into the future, which include our youth, industries that are going to be prominent over this century, excelling in ways that we always have for staying No. 1 in research and development, so we do not have to compete with Bolivia. Why are we downsizing NASA? We are turning too many out of school virtually illiterate to the challenges far greater than any that I faced. While we do not have a 'command economy' like say China. I think that it would be a good idea for Government and Business to work more closely in the face of global competition and dirty tricks by foreign nations. Our fiscal policies need to work in concert with the directions that we all agree we need to move toward. Excellent and scholarly hub, don't stay a stranger, Regards Cred2


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American_Choices 5 years ago from USA Author

American Romance,

There is a difference between vehicles in more than one way. Doing the needed research to buy something that you believe in from top to bottom is important - for all purchases from lotions to bubble gum to chocolate, coffee and what could be more significant than your vehicle?!

daskittlez69,

You highlight a very important point - Americans should be making something not governing! Thank you for sharing your wise insights.

Credence2,

I understand protectionism and firmly believe we need to keep the government out of commerce. We as consumers have the power to make the change. This is how i reconcile the Leslie Stahl point - which by the way is critical.

I remain dismayed that the solution to everything is the government. The consumer rules - always has - we hold the winning hand and here in the US we currently have the power to hold the winning hand but we may give it away.

The red flags have been raised. We as Americans must take note and change our consumer behaviors.

Holding government accountable to stay out of commerce is an important point. "We the people" shall prevail - we are even more powerful as consumers - our democratic duties are more than just voting in elections - our duty is purchasing wisely and holding the government accountable for their spending.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Interesting article. I have always been a label reader and refuse to buy anything other than products made in the U.S.A. and i preach to everyone i know to do the same thing. It is funny (strange/not comical) when you hear people talking about keeping the government out of commerce, when the big businesses actually own and control the government. Getting corporate America to give up one dollar of net profit will never happen without government control over their activities. Monopolies are a bane and damage our economy. Holding America hostage by big companies who threaten to move to a foreign country is a travesty of justice. I say, let them get to hell out of America, and keep their products out of this country as well. It would certainly be more beneficial to our economy to have 100 smaller and competitive business that would keep prices reasonable and affordable than one huge conglomerate whose only interest is in furthering their own agenda and taking money out of the economy and putting it into their already bulging bank accounts. The GOP has no clue what they are doing in protecting and fighting for more power for the very idiots that have created this mess in the first place. We need a government that will protect the American people first not the huge money mongers.


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American_Choices 5 years ago from USA Author

d.william,

You are way ahead of us. I must work at reading labels and until my neighbors needed jobs, I never thought much about it. Yes, I felt self-indulgent loading up on cheap and overly plentiful goods. Yes, I have a foreign car even after 911. I firmly believe it not the autos, it is the little things. I feel my small purchases add up to many more American jobs than what the auto companies can provide - they already subcontract. I refuse to buy foreign basics. If it is foreign, it must be excellent. I will pay more for American for similar or better quality.

We have created a mess and each of us must stand up and do something. You are correct - America is being held hostage by monopolies - we must watch very carefully.

Thank yo so much for sharing your insights. I found them to be most valuable.

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