If you had to read one of my blogs this would be it. Okay, so go in your closet or look under toys and stuff for the label and see where they were made- write it down on a piece of paper. Then go back and count how many were made in different places. After that come back and see how well you did. Oh by the way you should get about twenty items. [I did this too. I had eleven that were made in China. One in Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Italy, and Thailand. And finally I had two in Vietnam.]
If you had zero made in America (like me)–you should check your birth certificate– are you sure you were born here?
If you had one – five you need to start buying more American made things.
If you had ten or more you should be proud of yourself.
If all of them were American made you are amazing and are a role model to everyone and have the right to brag. Congratulations!
You are probably wondering why I have made you do this little game. The point of this game goes so much farther than bragging rights. The point is we need to take action. According to my research today about 90% even closer to 99% of the items we buy every day are from other countries, including items we’ve already made (ex. we buy a pot made in China when there’s an American made one). My little test proves that to be right. Now I know what your thinking- why would I care? This has nothing to do with me. Obviously, I didn’t think much about it myself since I had zero items made in the USA. Then I watched President Obama’s press conference today & was astonished to see how far America is in debt. I know when my parents run out of $, they must make more before they spend it. Why doesn’t our gov’t hold to that belief? (I hope our President doesn’t read this!) But we also can’t solely blame our gov’t, because we can take action ourselves by buying ‘made in America’ things. Maybe then they wouldn’t be debating raises taxes again. Still think this has nothing to do with you?? Well, you could not be more wrong.
How do you feel about:
More lost jobs
More companies going out of business
More empty buildings, factories, storefront, etc.
Lower pay checks
Further reduction of our tax base
Increased prices on our tax bills or new taxes added, permits, licences to makeup for dollars lost.
And not to mention lack of funding needed for roads, bridges, schools, and municipal services of all kinds!
Although these prices are high to pay they are easy to prevent. Just simply ask the cashier what products are American made. Check the tags. Even though the China made microwave may look cooler and be less money the American microwave will help you keep your job and many other Americans. Trust me- we don’t need our situation to get any worse. Spread the word. You could always show them my website! Well I hope you take my advice because if you don’t you’ll be sorry.