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55 Reasons Why You Should Buy Products That Are Made In America

This is the time of the year when Americans run out to their favorite retail stores and fill up their shopping carts with lots of cheap plastic crap made by workers in foreign countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.  By doing this, the American people are actively participating in the destruction of the U.S. economy.  You see, buying products that are made in America is not just a matter of national pride.  It is a matter of national survival.  If we do not support American workers, they are going to continue to see their jobs shipped out of the country.  If we do not support American businesses, they are going to continue to die off at a staggering rate.  Last year, the United States had a trade deficit with the rest of the world of 558 billion dollars.  More than half a trillion dollars that could have gone into the pockets of U.S. workers and U.S. businesses went overseas instead.  If that money had stayed in the country, taxes would have been paid on that mountain of cash and our local, state and federal government debt problems would not be as severe.  As a result of our massive trade imbalance, we have lost tens of thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of national wealth.  Both major political parties have sold us out on these issues, and we are getting poorer as a nation with each passing day.  We desperately need a resurgence of economic patriotism in the United States before it is too late.

Yes, I know that it is very tempting to buy foreign-made products.  After all, they are almost always cheaper.

But most people don't often think about why they are cheaper.

Unfortunately, in the name of "free trade" American workers have been merged into a global labor pool where they have to compete directly for jobs with workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.  This makes employing American workers a tremendous liability.

If a company hires you and pays you 10 to 15 dollars an hour with benefits, how is it going to compete with another company that pays workers a dollar an hour with no benefits on the other side of the planet?

Both major political parties are pushing this emerging "one world economic system", but it is absolutely killing American jobs.  We have already seen a mass exodus of jobs and businesses out of this country, and wages for the jobs that remain in the United States are being forced down because there are hordes of unemployed workers that are willing to take just about any decent job they can find.

It has become painfully obvious that our politicians are not going to do anything to help us on these issues, so what we need is a mass awakening among the American people.

We need to educate people that buying things that are made in America is good for the economy and that buying things that are made elsewhere is bad for the economy.

But for now, most Americans are clueless.  They will line up on Black Friday morning and trample one another in a desperate attempt to save a few bucks on cheap plastic devices that were made on the other side of the planet.

And they will pay for much of this "shopping" with credit cards.

Credit card debt is on the rise once again.  In fact, average credit card debt per borrower was 4.9 percent higher in the third quarter of 2012 than it was in the third quarter of 2011.  It looks like most of us didn't learn our lessons from the last financial crisis.

But not all Americans enjoy the shopping that is typically involved with this time of the year.  One recent survey found that approximately 45 percent of all Americans think that there is so much financial pressure associated with the holidays that they wouldn't mind skipping them completely.

That same poll found that approximately 41 percent of all Americans would only be able to survive for two weeks without a paycheck.  Many Americans are up to their eyeballs in debt, their incomes are not keeping up with rising prices, and they find themselves scratching and clawing just to make it from month to month.

Meanwhile, we continue to destroy our own jobs and businesses by spending our money on products that have been made outside the country.

The following are 55 reasons why you should buy products that are made in America this holiday season...

1. When you buy products that are made in America you support American workers.

2. When you buy products that are made in America you support companies that are doing business in America.

3. In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.

4. The United States has a trade imbalance that is more than 7 times larger than any other nation on earth has.

5. Our trade deficit with China in 2011 was $295.5 billion.  That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet.

6. In 2011, our trade deficit with China was 28 times larger than it was back in 1990 and more than 49,000 times larger than it was back in 1985.

7. When NAFTA was passed in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.  In 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.

8. One professor has estimated that cutting the U.S. trade deficit in half would create 5 million more jobs in the United States.

9. Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the globe since 1975.  That 8 trillion dollars could have gone to support U.S. businesses and pay the wages of U.S. workers.  Federal, state and local taxes would also have been paid on that 8 trillion dollars if it had stayed in the United States.

10. According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

11. The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

12. According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, the United States has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years.

13. During 2010 alone, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities permanently shut down in the United States every single day.

14. Overall, the United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

15. The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

16. Between December 2000 and December 2010, 38 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Ohio were lost, 42 percent of the manufacturing jobs in North Carolina were lost and 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost.

17. As I have written about previously, 95 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were middle class jobs.

18. Due in part to the globalization of the labor pool, only about 24 percent of all jobs in the United States are "good jobs" at this point.

19. Right now, more than 41 percent of all working age Americans do not have a job, and the vast majority of the new jobs that are being created are low paying jobs.

20. The United States now has 10 percent fewer "middle class jobs" than it did just ten years ago.

21. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every $1 billion of goods that are imported from overseas.

22. As our economic infrastructure is gutted, formerly great manufacturing cities all over America are being transformed into festering hellholes.

23. Between 2001 and 2007, the value of products that Wal-Mart imported from China grew from $9 billion to $27 billion.

24. In 2001, American consumers spent 102 billion dollars on products made in China.  In 2011, American consumers spent 399 billion dollars on products made in China.

25. The United States spends about 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that China spends on goods and services from the United States.

26. Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Today, China’s high-tech exports are more than twice the size of U.S. high-tech exports.

27. In 2002, the United States had a trade deficit in "advanced technology products" of $16 billion with the rest of the world.  In 2010, that number skyrocketed to $82 billion.

28. The United States has lost more than a quarter of all of its high-tech manufacturing jobs over the past ten years.

29. Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry was actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

30. The Chinese undervalue their currency by about 40 percent in order to gain a critical advantage over foreign competitors.  This means that many Chinese companies are able to absolutely thrive while their competition in the United States goes out of business.

31. According to the New York Times, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs.

32. In 2010, China produced more than twice as many automobiles as the United States did.

33. Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States.

34. Do you remember when the United States was the dominant manufacturer of automobiles and trucks on the globe?  Well, in 2010 the U.S. ran a trade deficit in automobiles, trucks and parts of $110 billion.

35. In 2010, South Korea exported 12 times as many automobiles, trucks and parts to us as we exported to them.

36. In 2010, China produced 627 million metric tons of steel.  The United States only produced 80 million metric tons of steel.

37. In 2010, China produced 7.3 million metric tons of cotton.  The United States only produced 3.4 million metric tons of cotton.

38. Today, China produces nearly twice as much beer as the United States does.

39. 85 percent of all artificial Christmas trees are made in China.

40. Right now, China is producing more than three times as much coal as the United States does.

41. China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of U.S. defense systems.  How stupid can we possibly be?

42. According to author Clyde Prestowitz, China’s number one export to the U.S. is computer equipment.  According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, during 2010 the number one U.S. export to China was “scrap and trash”.

43. All over the United States, road and bridge projects are being outsourced to Chinese firms.  Just check out the following excerpt from a recent ABC News article....

In New York there is a $400 million renovation project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge.

In California, there is a $7.2 billion project to rebuild the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland.

In Alaska, there is a proposal for a $190 million bridge project.

These projects sound like steps in the right direction, but much of the work is going to Chinese government-owned firms.

"When we subsidize jobs in China, we're not creating any wealth in the United States," said Scott Paul, executive director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

44. The new World Trade Center tower is going to include glass that has been imported from China.

45. The new Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall was made in China.

46. The Chinese economy has grown 7 times faster than the U.S. economy has over the past decade.

47. The Chinese economy is projected to be larger than the U.S. economy by 2016.

48. One economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

49. In recent years the U.S. economy has embraced "free trade" and the emerging one world economy like never before.  Instead of increasing the number of jobs in our economy, it has resulted in the worst stretch of job creation in the United States in modern history....

If any single number captures the state of the American economy over the last decade, it is zero. That was the net gain in jobs between 1999 and 2009—nada, nil, zip. By painful contrast, from the 1940s through the 1990s, recessions came and went, but no decade ended without at least a 20 percent increase in the number of jobs.

50. If you gathered together all of the workers that are "officially" unemployed in the United States today, they would constitute the 68th largest country in the world.

51. China now holds approximately more than a trillion dollars of U.S. government debt.  If you were alive back when Jesus was born and you had spent a million dollars every single day since then, you still would not have spent that much money by now.

52. Jeffrey Immelt, the head of Barack Obama's highly touted "Jobs Council", has shipped tens of thousands of good jobs out of the United States.

53. Without enough good jobs, more Americans than ever before are falling into poverty.  Today, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.

54. According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

55. If U.S. consumers do not start supporting U.S. workers and U.S. businesses, eventually we will all be so poor that very few of us will be able to afford to buy any gifts during the holiday season.

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  • 2Gary2

    With so many Americans struggling to make ends meet and Walmart taking
    in $16 billion in profits and compensating its executives $10 million
    each, workers and community leaders have been calling on Walmart and
    Chairman Rob Walton to address the wage gap the company is creating. At
    the same time frontline Walmart workers are facing financial hardships,
    the Walton Family – heirs to the Walmart fortune – are the richest family in the country with more wealth than the bottom 42% of American families combined.

    It’s a threat to God, America and pumpkin pie.

    That’s what some
    critics are saying about Walmart’s decision yesterday to kick off its
    “Black Friday” sales this year at 8 p.m. — on Thanksgiving Day.

    That’s two hours earlier than last year.

  • 2Gary2

    I am sick and tired of my tax dollars subsidizing walmart paying low wages. A large number of their employees are on food stamps/ energy assistance, and free medical care (medicaid). The richest corp in the world is getting tax credits for infrastructure etc. enough!

    Why did not mittens talk about the “gift” we as taxpayers are giving walmart and other corporations? tHE “gift” that we gave wall street. All mittens and lyin ryan do is go after the poor and ignore the elephant in the room—corporate welfare.

    Unionize walmart and force them to pay a living wage similar to COSTCO.

    • JustanOguy

      @2Gary2:disqus — What are you beeatching about Romney / Ryan for?? Obama has been President for four years.

  • 2Gary2

    I read a good book called “The High Cost of Low Prices”. It did a great job documenting how walmart has decimated the American workers and small business.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bill.sundling Bill Sundling

      It’s just anti-American propaganda. Unions have destroyed American industry.

      • 2Gary2

        Unionize walmart-black friday strike

        We should not buy into the idea that retail work has to be low-wage
        work. As Demos points out, “Low-wage jobs are not a business necessity
        but a choice.” Employers like Costco and Safeway already pay decent
        wages and they’re doing just fine.

        There is a tendency as we look back through the comforting mists of
        memory to forget that the manufacturing jobs that lifted so many
        millions of Americans into the middle class in the 20th century started
        out as lousy jobs. They paid little and the working conditions were
        often atrocious, even life-threatening. The transformation of those jobs
        into well-paying, secure employment — with benefits — helped drive
        the American economy to heights that made it the envy of the world.

      • PBT

        Haha that’s funny!!! Who needs clean water to drink at work or a break room.Screw them all put them in work buildings like the one in Bangladesh, right. Is that what you are saying?

        • Robert Barsocchini

          That’s what he’s been taught to say by Fox and Koch Brothers media outlets; to argue for his own exploitation. I’m willing to bet he’s never been to a third world country. Let him go work at a WalMart sweatshop in Bangladesh for a decade or so, and if he survives the fires and building collapses, we can see how he feels about unions at that point.

  • Triumphator

    I want to buy American products, but it is so difficult to find them!!!!

    • mainstreeteconomist

      Even worse…

      2/3 of all “American” farms, factories, and natural resources are owned by foreign corporations (multinationals).

      2/3 of an “American” automobile is manufactured offshore.

    • Jagrick

      Budweiser beer..oh wait that is not owned by an american anymore. Yeah good luck finding stuff.

  • condaggitt

    And Don’t forget Millions of people are Not paying their mortgage and living rent free….so they have plenty of money to stand inline all night…

    • http://schiffblog.blogspot.ca/ PSB

      I completely agree. We need support each other and help each other out. Rather than saving a dollar here or a dollar there we need to buy QUALITY products and buy local. The funny thing is, if we do this than the economy will get better over time and a higher standard of a living will be shared by all.

      http://ericsprott.blogspot.ca/

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosco.revere Rosco Revere

    HOW TO READ BAR CODES…(everyone must know)

    ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND
    READ THE BACK—CAREFULLY!

    With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made “black-hearted goods”. Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old
    broiler chicken). It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes….interesting ! If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, theproduct is MADE IN
    CHINA. 471is Made in Taiwan . If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 00-09 then it’s made or sourced in USA. This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA”, so they don’t show from which country it is
    made. However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:

    890……MADE IN INDIA
    690, 691, 692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA
    00 – 09 … USA and CANADA
    30 – 37 … FRANCE
    40 – 44 … GERMANY
    471 …….. Taiwan
    49 ………. JAPAN
    50 ………. UK

    Share it!

  • mainstreeteconomist

    Retail shopping is no different than voting:

    (1) Globalists tell us which of their hand picked politicians we can vote for.

    (2) Globalists tell us which of their hand picked products we can purchase.

    There was a time when Americans could have made a difference by refusing to buy imported products but that window of opportunity is closed for good.

    Globalists and politicians both love trade deficits:

    (1) When you buy imported products, part of the money you spend ends up in the offshore bank accounts of multinational corporations.

    (2) When countries like China accumulate US dollars, politicians can borrow this money to satisfy their debt addiction and speed up the bankruptcy of the US government.

  • ChristmasDiva

    I buy Made in the USA when I can. For some things the price difference is only a dollar or two more and sometimes the USA label is cheaper than imports. I am in a budget so some things I just cannot pay more for as I just do not have the money but when I can I do buy USA.

    I was at Walmart the other day and looked at the cheesecloth for my Thanksgiving turkey and it was made in china. I just could not cover my turkey in Chinese cheesecloth so I did some searching and actually found cheesecloth Made in the USA at bed bath and beyond if you can believe it! Plus it was a dollar cheaper than the walmart Chinese cheesecloth. It was worth the hunt!

    The media would have us believe that it is near impossible to find products Made in the USA but I have found a surprising number of items that are now being Made in the USA.

    There are many websites that list products Made in the USA. Some I have seen are http://www.christmasmadeinusa.com and http://www.buydirectusa.com.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Last year, I had the “buy American/hire American” conversation with a young woman I know here in Philly. She’s an attorney but started an Internet business on the side and was using a call center in India. When she decided to pick my brain about her business and asked for my honest feedback, I gave her my honest feedback and said that using an Indian call center is stabbing
    Americans in the back and is the type of thing that is pushing The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) into Third World squalor. And this is a woman who makes six figures (as does her husband) but still feels the need to take advantage of Third World misery over in India. I hurt her feelings, but hey, she asked for my honest opinion—so I gave it to her. I also warned her that if the BRA
    continues to go in the direction of Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, etc. economically, it will be very dangerous to be a have in a country dominated by have-nots. I warned her about the nightmarish Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax and how much it will suck if her daughter gets kidnapped and held for ransom by the thugs of Secuestro, Inc.

    Michael T. Snyder is absolutely right: buying American is not only a matter of pride and patriotism, it’s a matter of survival. And Gerald Celente is also right when he says that Americans need to buy American and patronize small businesses rather than large chains. Another person who gets it is Ross Perot, who was warning us against the evils of NAFTA (No American Factories Taking Applications) and globalism 20 years ago (“that giant sucking sound”). When you act like a Third World banana republic, you become a Third World banana republic.

    “We need to bring manufacturing back to this country. We need to break up big agriculture and big pharma. We need to break up the big chains that have put us into chains.”—Gerald Celente

    “It’s not free trade, it’s slave trade.”—Gerald Celente

    “The only way we come back as a country is to build the domestic economy.”—Gerald Celente

    “Break the chains. Olive Garden is not Italian food. Pizza Hut is not pizza.”—Gerald Celente

    “The world is headed for the Greatest Depression. This will be much worse than the 1930s Depression.”—Gerald Celente

    “We can expect a continuous and dangerous march towards corporatism and even fascism with even more loss of our liberties. Prosperity for our large middle class, though, will become an abstract dream.”—Ron Paul

    “I knew the dark heart of America. I knew who we were, what we did, what we actually stood for and the terrifying and willful innocence that permits most Americans to think of themselves as good and virtuous when they are, in reality, members of an efficient race of killers and ruthless profiteers.”—Chris Hedges

    “With all due respect to Oliver Stone and Gordon Gekko, I don’t know whether ‘greed is good,’ but it sure is rich. And powerful.”—Alan Grayson

    “It is becoming increasingly impossible in America to get a good job without being connected to the system that serves the elites.”—Paul Craig Roberts

    “For many, the American Dream became a nightmare long ago. It’s little wonder that Americans are afraid and angry.”—Michael Fumento

    “In the United States today, we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income since the 1920s.”—Bernie Sanders

    “Americans like to believe that the rest of the world looks up to us, but the truth is that the rest of the world is laughing at us.”—Michael T. Snyder

    “You can sum up what has killed capitalism in four words: too big to fail.”—Gerald Celente

    So for those who disagree with Celente, Perot and Alex Jones and applaud globalism, outsourcing, and corporatist fascism, have fun living in a violent, dangerous Third World hellhole. Have fun handing your life savings over to Secuestro, Inc. when your daughter gets kidnapped, tortured, beaten and raped on camera and held for ransom (“orale, cabrón, tenemos su hija, y la vamos a torturar, golpear, violar y matar si no paganos ahora mismo…..entiende?”). And have fun paying The Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax, coming soon to a Philadelphia or a San Francisco near you.

  • MeMadMax

    France lost its’ AAA moodys rating today. The Germany, Netherlands, Luxemburg are on negative outlook. I think they’ve been neg for a while now, not sure thou.

  • 2Gary2

    I am glad the biggest turkey in MS lost–I bet he is AKIn about now.

  • 2Gary2

    The Walmart heirs are worth about$26B each6 of them,, what could they
    possibly do with another billion?,It is WAY past time for their taxes to
    increase,since many walmart stores help their employees fill out
    government help forms,we are helping billionaires keep wages low.Make
    them ,BY LAW,do the right thing and pay their employees ,that made them
    that rich a real living wage.

    • Mark

      Hmmm…

      $26B each for 6 heirs

      6*$26=$156B

      The federal budget is $10B a day for a deficit of about $4B a day.

      $156B/$4B = 39 days

      Brilliant! Lets confiscate their wealth and don’t worry about the deficit for 39 days.

      Mark

      • 2Gary2

        again I guess I am not dumbing my message down enough for conservatives to understand. My bad!

        If the walmart workers are making more in wages they will be able to have more purchasing power and thus stimulate demand. If this were done on a huge scale it would really get us out of the republican great recession. Also what would be wrong with 39 days of covering the deficit. There is way more rich we can take money from in higher taxes.

  • Mark

    It is really hard finding products made in the USA. I just got back from Walgreens in such of a hair dryer, they were all made in China. Another item I am looking for is superglue I haven’t found any that are domestically made.

    When I found something with a made in the USA label I usually buy them.

    Over the past few months I have bought made in the USA products…

    -Crayola Crayons, I had to convince me daughter to buy those over the more flashy made in China crayons.

    -Energizer and Duracell batteries are made in the USA

    -Silly putty for my daughter. By and large it seems that China has a virtual monopoly on cheap plastic toys, especially the plastic princess oriented toys.

    -Firearms, I have bough myself a Beretta which is made in Maryland and for a Christmas gift I bought myself a Springfield Armory 1911 made in Illinois. I get ammo domestically made since it is price competitive and good quality.

    If anybody has any suggesting in were to buy USA please let me know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Anderson/1394825159 Thomas Anderson

    The only reason I need not to: protectionism doesn’t work. Free markets work. Buy whatever gives you the best value for the money. Everyone will be better off that way.

    • mainstreeteconomist

      Walter Block is talking about the entire world – not just the USA.

      Are you sure that you want a standard of living that is an average of an American worker and a Chinese worker?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Anderson/1394825159 Thomas Anderson

        Nothing requires that Americans are brought down by Chinese being elevated. If Chinese workers are good at, prefer, or are more efficient at doing certain things, then it makes Americans more efficient, productive, and wealthy by allowing the Chinese to do those things while we instead focus on that which we’re better at. If you can buy something from China for cheaper than you can make it in America, you should always do so, assuming satisfactory quality. Free trade makes us all better off.

  • Barbara Henderson

    Unions are a big cause of jobs leaving the USA – People making $15 an hour cannot support union workers making $25 an hour – it is that simple. I buy ‘made in the USA whenever possible – but I really don’t care if union workers are allowed to maintain their standard of living at the expense of my own family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.mysecret.3 Pat MySecret

    I remember when they kept playing the “look for the union label” garment ad on tv over and over.. but there were no union labels in the stores. Then I went to Mexico and everything said “Made in the USA”

  • Pete

    It’s ‘the CHRISTMAS Season,’ not the ‘holiday season.

  • Ron Smith

    Have you tried to find what you want to buy with a “made in America” label – not easy to do these days

  • 2Gary2

    walmart is doing the damage to small business, not Obama. Stop being an apologist for the 1%

  • 2Gary2

    Hey Pollo–Does the collection of the DPDDTT increase over the holidays? or is it pretty much levied tear round?

    • El Pollo de Oro

      2Gary2: Excellent question. In DPDDTT-plagued countries like Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, El Salvador, México, Brazil, the Philippines and Nicaragua, the DPDDTT is collected year round. But I do think the DPDDTT collectors increase their activities around the holidays. Many of the banana republics where the DPDDTT is collected are heavily Catholic countries where Christmas is celebrated, and DPDDTT collectors like to buy their kids Christmas presents. Thanks to a kidnapping, a violent home invasion, an armed robbery or a carjacking, the DPDDTT collector will make sure that there are plenty of presents underneath the Christmas tree. Granted, the CEO whose son, wife or daughter was just kidnapped, beaten and terrorized by DPDDTT collectors won’t have a very merry Christmas (especially if the son, wife or daughter came home with a few fingers missing), but the ransom he just forked over will enable the DPDDTT collectors to buy a lot of Christmas presents for their kids. In Ciudad Juarez, Guatemala City, San Salvador and Caracas, they call that “DPDDTT family values.”

  • Jagrick

    In the 80′s the USA cars was total crap. They lost a ton of business because of the crap they put out. Even today some ford products are joke.

  • 2Gary2

    how many more stories do we the taxpayers have to read about Walmart
    being TOO CHEAP to pay their employees a living wage that WE the
    taxpayers have to pay for Food Stamps and Medicaid for their employees?

    We are basically subsidizing Walmarts BILLIONS in profits ..

    People need to stop whining about people on Food Stamps and speak up
    about the BILLIONAIRES who are too cheap to pay a decent wage!

    “They pay low wages, then the taxpayers pick up the tab for food stamps and Medicaid”

    When this country finally understands that in their gut things will change. Until then…. we’re screwed.

  • Washington76

    Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans’ e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files. by Declan McCullagh November 20, 2012

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

  • lifeofliberty

    How about “buy nothing”? Instead of also promoting rampant consumerism, why don’t you advocate non-participation? This will stop an increase in personal debt, reduce ridiculous consumption of unneeded crap, stop supporting Big Box stores, and free each participating American to do something else altogether, such as “learn to live without”. Nobody needs to participate in “shopping”, American products or otherwise. Buy what you need and ignore everything else.

  • Chinaflower

    Good

  • ThomasK253

    The consumer is king. The consumer needs to be allowed to spend their hard-earned money where they choose. Strong arm tactics like “Buy American” will do nothing but create monopolies and destroy economies by shutting down imports/exports.

    • mcnertny

      globalist w communist tendancies

  • mcnertny

    Take a trip to china mart these days,,things from food to the plastic crap are no longer cheaper then anywhere else,,in some cases cost a good deal more

  • kathryn

    Insteading laying blame, let’s be positive and give useful solutions. First,the comments on identifying countries via barcodes is a myth..do a google.

    Most people buy according to price. If we need to be competitive, the government needs to bring in tariffs, so consumers can buy on an equal playing field.
    People should have at least a month supply of food, but more is always better.

    China is playing the game very well.We need to play better.Another poster mentioned about stop buying anything. That may not always be practicle, but with all the products available secondhand, that is an alternative. You have thrift stores, yardsales, curbside collection, online sites like Kijiji/Craiglists/freecycle,ebay, notice boards etc.

    Get your financial house in order. The upside of noncosumerism, is the freeing of money in your budget. Start learning new skills such as gardening, making your own laundry detergent, repairing clothes.learn how to preserve food.
    If we can bring down China’s economy, it will out them into an economic recession/depression. There will be spin off consequences and jobs will be lost here temporarily. (that’s why you should prepare now)
    Then slowly, you will see trends for more secondhand stores, classes teaching us how to do DIY.Repair instead of dispose. So in fact manufacturing may never reach the level they used to be , because of moderation of factories.There will be more service type jobs.

    By the time the secondhand market is consuming their supply, new “our country” products will be available.

  • http://duanedawnrae.com Duane Urban

    If you find something Made In America can you please pass the info along?

  • nicthstic

    More and more American made stuff is manufactured by robots. This will eventually undermine our labor force more than the Chinese threat. The only real solution is to get businesses used to the idea that executives, senior managers and board members do not warrant salaries and bonuses that are 200, 300 or 400 times the average workers wage. Their greed has forced many workers into poverty and government subsidy programs.

  • Kumar

    1 main reason why you should buy made in china goods. China owns most of US debt. The reason china does not call for US to pay is debt is because the Chinese economy heavily relies on US consumers and if US economy if affected china and other countries exporting to the US will be affected as well . If US consumers stop buying foreign products, there will be nothing stopping other countries from devaluing the US currency

  • AEIR Customer Development

    Look for “American Economic Impact Ratings”— basically a 5-star rating indicating how Made in America something is— jobs, materials used, and more

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