has this recession honestly caused you to buy products made in your country?
did you change your spending habbits to help bring back your economy?
I have made a concience effort the last two years to not only buy more American , but to buy more period.. It is important to us all. We must morph into a new economy for Americans that is more centrally focused on American employment policies ,and a new focus on rechanneling our use away from foriegn dependence.. It matters whether we want to admit it or not to buy American.
No it hasnt I still buy imported things and my spending habbits are almost the same. It's not much of a problem over here in Trinidad.
I always buy home grown where possible, recession or not.
I'm roasting chicken tomorrow, That is English, as is the bacon that will cover it and all the other vegetables I will serve. The English mushrooms were sitting on the supermarket shelf next to Dutch mushrooms, why do we want Dutch mushrooms and why do we want Spanish Savoy cabbage, Egyptian potatoes..., we have English farmers. I've always bought this way: English - British - Irish - British Commonwealth countries. If there is something I can't get this way, I go without. I, reluctantly, have a foreign car, we needed one quickly and that was the only one available at the time in our price range. that's the way it goes.
Growing up in a small town you learn to meet and know your neighbors. As an adult, I have tried to maintain this habit. This includes purchasing home grown and home made items too. I go to the farmers market and purchase my fresh goods and baked items there, from the folks who grow them or bake them, not from some giant conglomerate that has no idea what has gone into these products.
We used to get all our meat directly from the farmers as a kid and have it taken to the butcher and have it cut.This aspect is missed these days as I haven't been back to the farm in years.
This personal touch assured I grew up healthy and had a good jump on the nutrition train my parents hoped I would ride into and through adulthood.It has.
I live in a city now that was built by the unions - Flint, Michigan. When GM pulled out of this city and gave all the jobs away to foreign countries I began to wonder how the loyalty Americans show purchasing American cars was returned.In my opinion, it hasn't been.
The people who have big money and are purchasing luxury vehicles show a trend toward European vehicles like Mercedes and BMW. It has always been the little guy who supported these large corporations, spending their hard earned cash at home with the thought of keeping the money close to home. Watching our country go through this current recession knowing that GM and many other financial giants are still going to create additional jobs elsewhere and ask us to buy their products with money from jobs that are no longer here, just seems ludicrous.
I am starting to rant so I will stop. Yes, I try to buy here and pay here, but like these secondary financial markets I am wondering if the interest is just out of reach...Thanks for asking this question though, ya got me to thinking about this.
. . . .Yes and No, "no;" because I have no money to spend on anything made from anywhere; "yes" because I do contribute to "buying American," and now that I think of it, and assuming that you are from Canada; I've also got some product articles in the works that will promote some fine acoustic instruments manufactured in the beautiful nation of Canada.
That effect may be there but I doubt that it is a primary one. I think the recession is more about consumers just spending less period because of job fears and instability in the employment sector. Really small business cannot get back to a true normal situation until some level of consumer confidence returns. People are eating out a bit less; restaurants feel the strain. At the same time, the cost of transporting food products will be going up at all retail levels including restaurants and grocery stores due to significant jumps in diesel fuel prices by the end of the first quarter of this year. By summer, we will really be feeling it. Consumers will faced more and more with how much gas do I put in the car and how much does that leave me for food...two essentials...get to work and earn money, eat to stay alive. This will make it increasing difficult for many businesses to remain open which in turn will create more unemployment. You might notice at the root of all of this circular upward trend is the price of a barrel of oil...yet America is still not ready to drill. By the tend people are screaming "calf-rope" and begging someone to drill, it may be too late. The government is hanging in the balance here as well because they cannot hope to improve revenue streams singificantly unless business gets back on track. In light of all of that, buying American has little real impact in terms of stopping the recession. WB
Has the American loyalty been lost - yes
Have American jobs been lost due to this - yes
America spends about 40 billion a year importing products from other countries.
America exports about 9 billion a year.
Anyone else see a problem here?
But I think the real problem is the war - America is spending $255 million per day, or a little less than $1.8 billion a week on a war we CAN NOT WIN. Unless of course you can figure out how to change a relgion.
No; but I'll only work for companies that manufacture within the US. There are a few still in the technology industry. The consumer-based economy has hurt us. The federal government borrows too much money from the nations that import their goods to the US. Until the government becomes insolvent, the free market will not be able to rebuild itself with so much foreign competition.
It's made me still go for the cheap items which probably are not made in America. If people have even less money, how can they buy more pricey items anyway. Vicious cycle.
Not really, but it does sometimes factor into my decision making process. It has for as long as I've been a consumer. I prefer to support small local businesses over big chain stores, but there are certainly times that big chain stores are the only ones that have what I'm looking to buy.
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