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Made In America: Buy USA

Updated on November 22, 2012

Let Black Friday Become Your Day to Stand Up for the Country and Its Workers!

I remember the days when most of what we bought, including clothing, was made right here and employed American workers.

I remember the slogan, "What's good for GE (General Electric) is good for America". I remember my family discussing that it was true because when GE was doing well, they hired people who worked in their offices and factories and those people bought things from small business people like my parents. So yes, it was true.

But now GE has most of its factories overseas and even outsources its customer support. How can that be good for America? Does GE really care any more? Do they ever wonder what will happen to them when Americans lack jobs as is becoming more and more true? Do they think that the foreign workers who are being paid a fraction of what Americans get will be able to buy the products at the same prices that gave them their huge profits?

In Praise of American Workers!

Great song.

When I worked with the Youth Group at my church I did an exercise with them about the spaghetti dinner they ate at home. I had them list everyone who had a part in bringing that meal to them, from the parent who cooked it, to the grocery store workers, the truck drivers, the framers, the gas station attendants who filled the truck's tank, and on and on.

We are part on an intricate system that needs healthy industry, healthy capitalism, healthy workers and a healthy middle class.

Alabama Does It Again

Does This Song Make You Think About American Workers

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World Trade Is Good for America

I am not against world trade. While I make no claim to be an expert on international finance or economy, I do understand that international trade is important, not just to the world, but to the United States. A financially strong world is important for peace for one thing.

On a micro level there are things that have always been made in other countries that are better than here. I am a huge jewelry fan and there are techniques that just aren't done in this country. However, there are techniques and styles done by American Indians and others here that aren't done elsewhere. A true jewelry aficionado, such as I am, is interested in prizes from all over the world.

However, buying products from foreign companies, for foreign craftpersons is not the same thing as American companies exporting an increasingly large number of the jobs that Americans have done to lands where they can hire people at a fraction of a living wage. I will give two examples.

Most of the clothing you bought was made right here, often in the South, but certainly in America. The people who worked in the mills and factories were by most standards in a lower social/economic. They were hard working people who lived modest lives, often struggling financially while raising families who also became hard working Americans.

But then companies decided to move their factories to places where they could pay even less. In some of these countries it was legal to physically abuse workers, but non of them required workers to have bathroom break or even bathrooms. They could ship the work over there and have the products shipped back and still make a lot more money. So some of them did it, and then more of them did it and now its hard to find clothing made in the USA. Its getting harder and harder. I will set up a Plexo of the companies that still operate in this country and hope that you will all add the names of other companies you know of.

Computers used to be made in America, some of them. They are now all made in China or elsewhere. OK, I can deal with that, perhaps it would be too expensive to do it here, of course, maybe not. But when I bought my first computer and for years after when I needed help, I got someone somewhere in this country, perhaps Canada. I first Dell was that way. Now? The frustration I experienced with my last Dell is why I am now with Apple. Its so hard to explain something to someone half way around the world, and if this faceless person doesn't help, you are totally helpless. With Apple? Well, the phone support is still here, and best yet, when I really need something, I take my computer and walk to the back of the store where I talk to someone who takes my computer and fixes it while I am there. And better yet, it employs Americans.

So no, I am not against world trade. What I am saying is that we need to work to keep jobs here in this country. That will actually be better for the world, because the reality is that if we fail, the rest of the world will have a hard time to.

ABC NEWS Does Series On Family Going All American!

First thing was they took out everything that wasn't made in America and then started the difficult search to replace everything, from coffee maker to bed, with American made products.

This link goes to the HuffPo article about the series.

Also go to the ABC News link to see the series.

Unions

The People Who Brought You the Weekend!

Look for The Union Label - Real People Who Work Hard Putting Money Back into the Economy

How can anyone watch this and not feel pride in American workers and not want to help them have jobs?

Look for the union label

When you are buying a coat, dress or blouse.

Remember somewhere our union's sewing

our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,

We work hard but who's complaining.

Thanks to the I.L.G. we're paying our way.

So, always look for the union label,

it says we're able

to make it in the U.S.A.

Are You Ready To Take the Pledge?

It will take some sacrifice from all of us to buy American. We will have to look harder for products, we may have to pay more (although not always) But if we don't do this the middle class will continue to shrink and ultimately we will all pay. Can you bite the bullet now for the future of the country and our children?

Will You Start to But American Whenever Possible?

Give to Small Business Overseas and Save Jobs Here

People who have the ability to have their own small businesses are not going want to take sweat shop jobs!

Factory Workers in the USA

Do You Buy American Now?

How Much of What You But Is American?

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But As Long as You Have to Deal with Indian Call Centers....

NBC has a controversial show about an American who has to go to India to manage a call center that will replace him. Its funny, its human and you learn a lot about the tricks of the trade. Did you know that some companies train people to sound and act like they come from Kansas, Atlanta and Boston?

Its a good show and frankly, you will still have to deal with some (unless you buy Apple of course) this show helps us see them as being a lot like us, even though they are very different and helps me deal.

Did You Know That You Can Ask Amazon for American Made

Here is a small example, but whatever category and product you select, you can put in American made and they will respond. If there isn't anything, write them and tell them you want more!

So What Do You Think of This? And Why?

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    • Cinnamonbite profile image

      Cinnamonbite 

      7 years ago

      Well, America can't make a car to save it's life. I will never buy an American car again. As for everything else, we have no choice. You want to buy American? Ok. Try to find anything made in America. It doesn't exist. And if everything is so much cheaper, how come things are so expensive? It sure doesn't help the consumers at all.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      We seem to have shot ourselves in the foot when we gave China most favored nation status and that was probably lobbied for strongly by companies that outsourced there. We have managed to throw ourselves way out of balance. I remember when it was special to get something that was imported, now its special to find things made in America.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your comment. I hope you did note that I covered the global economy and how much we depend on each other. However, right now we are being totally drained to the point of collapse, and that doesn't help the world.

      I will also note that we have had many problems with Chinese manufacturing. Toys and dry wall (among other things) have both been found to be poisonous when made in China

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      This is a global single world and very competitive. I live in India but buy consumer products from Japan and China, they are excellent. I also buy electronic goods from foreign companies which is mostly US. In a global world, the consumer gets the finest and best which also happens to be inexpensive and affordable from any part of the world.

    • Jack2205 profile image

      Jack 

      7 years ago

      I try to buy American products, but they're getting harder to find anywhere.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Well that was eye opening! We each only need to buy 1% more American products to create 200,000 jobs... that is amazing. We need to do something soon or we won't have an America

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile image

      Grandma-Marilyn 

      7 years ago

      I usually look to make sure if there is anything made in the USA if I can. If not, I will buy items made elsewhere but would really rather purchase items made in USA

    • Laura Schofield profile image

      Laura Schofield 

      7 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      I'm so glad to see this lens put together by someone as thoughtful and internationally minded as you. I look to purchase American-made products and I frown upon allowing companies to hire undocumented workers through a commitment to help workers around the world. You'd probably find way less outsourcing if businesses were forced to pay US minimum wages to their workers in Southeast Asia and elsewhere! NAFTA has put many small farmers from Mexico out of business as they can't compete with our subsidized superfarms. Now those same farmers are here working under the table for slave wages at the same farms that put them out of business. People shop at Wal-Mart to save money, but don't stop and think how they're giving an economic vote for sweatshop-produced, substandard products and increasing the liklihood that they'll lose their own job.. I purchase union-made, American-made, fair-trade and organic when I can although it is more expensive in the short-term. Buying local is the best of course, and I'm also making big use of sites like Craigslist and eBay. Buying second-hand items keeps the money in our economy and reuses, which is even better than recycling. That is a good option for those who can't afford much American-made stuff. Bravo on this thoughtful lens!

    • hlkljgk profile image

      hlkljgk 

      7 years ago from Western Mass

      i really try hard to find toys made in the usa to support our economy and for the safety assurance.

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