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We believe that most Americans, if given an option, would prefer to purchase products that are manufactured here in the USA. The difficulty consumers often face is in determining what products are imported and which are domestically produced. Our goal is to make that task simple by highlighting the companies in the United States that are supporting our economy by keeping jobs here in America.
Why it’s important to purchase products made in the USA:
It’s not simply a matter of national pride or patriotism, but a matter of national survival.
The U.S. trade deficit in 2013 was $471 billion. That’s almost a half a trillion dollars that should still be in the pockets of U.S. workers and businesses. It’s money that would have generated tax revenue for federal, state and local governments, helping to alleviate the public debt.
When we purchase products that are made in America, we’re supporting American companies and American workers.
In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in the manufacturing sector. At the end of March 2013 that number was down to 12 million, and the bleeding hasn’t stopped.
When NAFTA was passed in 1993, the United States had a small trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars. In 2010, the trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars and in 2013 it was a staggering $177 billion.
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. (If the $470 billion trade deficit were eliminated, we’d create over 4 million new jobs in America)
The decline of American manufacturing has placed more Americans than ever into poverty. Today, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.
The ever widening gap between rich & poor has a direct relationship with the demise of manufacturing here in America. In 1979 there were over 19 million manufacturing jobs in America compared to the 12 million we have today. Also in 1979, a man could support his family on a single income. Today that is almost impossible except for the very wealthy.
If we as consumers don’t begin supporting U.S. workers and businesses, eventually we’ll no longer be able to afford all those ‘cheap’ imports from overseas. Perhaps that makes them not so cheap after all.
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The government often goes to great lengths to protect it’s citizens from themselves. It is somewhat ironic then that the same government which seeks to ‘protect’ you may in fact be putting you at great risk every time you turn the lights on in your house. ( full story)
An American Tale
John Smith started his day early, having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m.
While his coffee pot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG) and put on his dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and his tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA), he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA), he got in his car (MADE IN JAPAN), filled it with gas (FROM SAUDI ARABIA) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN job.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, John checked his computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA) and then decided to relax for a while.
He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL), poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE), and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA) and wondered why he couldn’t find a good paying job in AMERICA.